Tuesday, January 18, 2011

A Childhood Delish: Chipped Beef Gravy

One thing that I love about public blogging is, I get to share my childhood meals and memories with you.

Back in the day (do I sound ancient?) we produced our own food (huge garden), preserved it, and my parents (one income family) really had to watch the grocery cost closely. Which meant inexpensive meals.

I think we are slowly returning to those ancient times. What do you think?

One thing that families focused on (back in the day) was, meals around the dinner table, and I still enforce that to this day.

I have been to many homes where the dining room table is used to store things, not used for eating.

Not at my house!! Mine is used for congregation, communication, and eating....


This meal was always kind of funny when I was a kid.

I know you know the other name for it.

My dad would come in from working, ask my mom what was for dinner, my mom would say chipped beef gravy over toast, and then my dad would say, "Oh, you mean shit on a shingle?"

My two brothers and I would clasp our hands over our mouths, our eyes would get really big, and then we would snicker behind our hands. But we would never repeat what my dad said....

I never called it shit on a shingle until I became an adult (pretty much knew I could use that type of language without tasting a bar of soap).

Here is something to think about, and run a test if you want. Have you ever stood near a group of (todays) teenagers or grade schoolers (without them knowing you're there)? Yup, their language is very colorful. Go ahead and try it if you don't believe me. I don't remember swearing when I was with my friends. Swearing was something (back then) that was not a necessity. Today it is something that seems to be needed.

I start by chopping the Budding beef.

I melt a half stick of butter in a skillet over medium heat, add my salt and pepper (heavy on the pepper) to the butter, and then add about 3/4 c. flour. I stir in the flour until it looks like crumbs.

Then I slowly add the milk while continuously whisking. Whenever I make this I grab the gallon of milk and just pour. I hope I have this in recipe form for you (OOPS!! I didn't measure).

When I reach the gravy consistency that I want, I then add the chopped beef.

Chipped Beef Gravy Over Toast

1/2 stick butter
salt and pepper to taste
3/4 c. flour
5 to 7 c. milk
2 pkg. Budding beef

Melt butter in a skillet over medium/high heat, add salt and pepper (I go heavy on the pepper) to taste. Stir in flour until it looks like crumbs. Slowly add milk while continuously whisking. Whisk until you get the gravy consistency of your choice. When everything is whisked and there are no lumps left, add the chopped beef and stir. Toast bread slices and pour gravy over the toast.

Good Luck~Happy Eating~Enjoy

"Love must be honest and true. Hate what is evil. Hold on to what is good. Love each other deeply. Honor others more than yourselves. Never let the fire in your heart go out. Keep it alive. Serve the Lord." Romans 12:9-11


4 comments:

  1. Yum... I have not had this in ages....I am putting this on my grocery list and making this... so happy :) LOL

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  2. Oh how I love this dish and haven't made it in years. Do remember it being one of the frugal dishes we enjoyed as newlyweds, for sure. I SO love the scripture you added to today's post - something we all need to wrap our hearts and minds around. Thanks for sharing!

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  3. I grew up with this mean and i'm making it tonight actually! We eat it on biscuits though with fried potatos. I was looking online though for ideas on adding a vegetable with this and i found your picture where you served it with green beans so i'm going to give that a try and see if it goes together. Thanks for sharing!

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by Jeannie. I always served green beans with this dish. And when a little gravy gets on the green beans it makes them even better.....I hope you liked it.

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