Creamed chipped beef on toast, often humorously referred to as “Shit on a Shingle,” is a classic dish that combines the savory flavors of dried beef in a creamy, rich sauce served over toast. Here’s how you can prepare this hearty meal:
Step 1: Make the Roux and Sauce Base
In a large pan, melt butter over medium-low heat. Sprinkle in flour, stirring to form a smooth paste, and cook for 1-2 minutes without browning. Gradually whisk in milk, along with garlic powder and pepper, to avoid lumps.
Step 2: Add the Beef
Cut the dried beef into thin strips and add it to the sauce. You can soak the beef strips in warm water for 30 minutes beforehand to reduce saltiness, then drain. Cook for a few minutes, allowing the beef to warm up and flavors to meld.
Step 3: Serve Over Toast
Toast slices of bread, such as Texas toast, and spoon the creamy beef mixture over them. Garnish with additional pepper if desired and serve immediately.
There are many variations to this recipe. You can add spices like cayenne for a kick or Worcestershire sauce for depth. Some recipes even include ingredients like Dijon mustard or onion powder for added flavor.