Creamed Dried Beef

from the Rosie’s Riveting Recipes historic cookbook
© Can Stock Photo / MSPhotographics

It’s funny how some recipes can sound so bland and boring on paper, but when you try them, you find yourself pleasantly surprised. This was one of my dad’s all time favorite dishes. However, he called it creamed chipped beef, and he preferred it served on toast.

Meat was rationed during WWII, so housewives needed to make scarce beef go further. This historic ration recipe, from the Rosie’s Riveting Recipes historic cookbook, uses very little beef. You can serve it as a main course or a side dish. It’s also easy to prepare and tastes delicious. If dried beef isn’t available, pre packaged deli-sliced roast beef can also be used.

Gayle Martin


  • 1/4 lb dried beef broken in small pieces
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/4 cup chopped onions
  • 1/4 cup flour
  • 1 cup evaporated milk diluted with 1 cup water
  • 1/4 cup green pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 -4 baked potatoes, split open

Brown onions in butter and blend in flour. Add milk gradually and stir until thick. Add remaining ingredients and serve over split baked potatoes. Yield: 4 servings.


Cover photo by Rob Resetar

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