Chipped Beef on Toast

Chipped beef on toast, aka "shit on a shingle", has been a favorite of mine since my mom and dad would make it for me when I was a wee bairn. This is a nice recipe I got from Kel's Cafe of All Things Food. For just one serving, I generally use about a 1/4 of a jar of chipped beef, but I leave the butter, flour, and milk amounts the same, and put in about a tablespoon of sherry, instead of just the 1/2 Tbs called for. I've tried the recipe with the onion, parsley, paprika, and cayenne, but my preference is to leave all of those out. I put the batch that comes out with just the beef, butter, flour, milk, and sherry on two pieces of sourdough toast and hang out in heaven for a while.

Ingredients (for 2 servings)

Chipped beef on toast - aka "sh*t on a shingle"
Chipped Beef on Toast - SOS :-)

  • 1 jar (2.25 oz) dried beef
  • 1 ½ tablespoons butter
  • 1 ½ tablespoons minced onion
  • 1 ½ tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup milk
  • ½ tablespoon dried parsley
  • Smoked paprika, to taste
  • Cayenne pepper, to taste
  • ½ tablespoon sherry
  • Fresh ground black pepper, to taste

What to do with them...

  1. Dice the dried beef - I generally do 5 slices by 5 slices at right angles.
  2. Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the onion and sauté it for 2-3 minutes. Sprinkle in the flour and then slowly add the milk. Keep stirring until the sauce is smooth.
  3. Mix in the dried beef and simmer until the sauce thickens.
  4. Remove from heat and add the paprika, cayenne pepper, parsley, and sherry.
  5. Serve over toast and season with fresh ground pepper.