Chipped beef for breakfast is a special treat when visiting my parents on the Outer Banks. I've enjoyed this salty creamy breakfast special going back years. So anytime we visit we always ask Dad to make enough for everyone.
He learned this recipe during basic training decades ago where the dish was known as S.O.S - otherwise known as Sh*t On a Shingle. No Sh*t! We call it something a little more appetizing.
An important step when making this breakfast special is to rinse the dried beef in hot, hot water to remove the cured salt. If you skip this step it will result in an inedible too-salty breakfast.
Now depending on how creamy like it, you'll use equal parts of flour and butter to make your roux. Brown out the raw flavor of the flour before adding your milk. Add more or less milk depending on how you like the consistency of your gravy. Once done serve the chipped beef over toasted English muffins or a thick piece of toasted bakery bread.
Chipped Beef on English Muffins
- Two 4.5 ounce jars of Armour dried beef
- 6 pack of English muffins
- 1/4 cup flour
- 1/4 cup butter
- 2 -3 cups milk
Shred the beef into bite-size pieces and place in a colander. Run the shredded beef under hot water for about 30 seconds to remove the salt from the beef.
In a sauce pan melt the butter then add the beef stirring for about two minutes. Next, add the flour and stir until incorporated, about 2 minutes Then add the milk slowly stirring to thicken your gravy. If you prefer a thinner more saucy gravy add more milk.
Once the chipped beef and gravy has thickened to the consistency you like, serve it over toasted English muffins.
Serves 6. Total time 20 minutes.