Chipped beef, also known as dried beef, is a type of meat that has been cured, smoked, and then thinly sliced. The origins of chipped beef can be traced back to the 19th century, when it was commonly used as a source of protein for soldiers in the United States. We even found the recipe on our USS Midway Tour.
History of Chipped Beef
Back in the Depression and World War II years, chipped beef was a popular meal for those who were looking to stretch war time rations.
Meat was hard to come by, and had to be stretched at all costs. This meal was simple and easy to make. I've even heard rumor that it was used for the men who were serving in the military. It goes by several names including chipped beef, Shit on a Shingle, and SOS.
During the Civil War, chipped beef was a staple of soldiers' rations. It was also a popular dish during World War I and World War II, when it was served on toast or in cream sauce. The popularity of chipped beef continued after the war, and it became a common breakfast food in the United States.
Making the Beef
The process of making chipped beef involves first curing the meat in a brine solution, which can include salt, sugar, and spices. The beef is then smoked, dried, and sliced thin. Some recipes call for the beef to be sliced by hand, while others use machines to ensure uniformity.
The beef can be used in a variety of recipes, including creamed chipped beef, which is often served on toast or biscuits for breakfast. It can also be added to casseroles, soups, and stews for added flavor and texture.
The ingredient list is so simple! All you need is:
And salt and pepper if desired.
In a medium saucepan set on medium heat, place the butter and milk. Whisk until butter is melted. Slowly whisk in the flour, stirring until well blended. Stir in the meat and allow mixture to come to a boil. Continue stirring until mixture thickens.
We always serve our meal on toast but there are other ways of serving it including serving it on toast or biscuits for breakfast. It can also be added to casseroles, soups, and stews for added flavor and texture.
can I make this recipe gluten free?
Absolutely! you can make this recipe gluten free by using gluten free flour or substituting arrowroot or cornstarch in place of the flour./
How do I make this recipe dairy free?
Use dairy free milk and butter. Simple and easy!