Monday, December 31, 2012

Chipped Beef Ball Recipe



Growing up my favorite breakfast was creamed chip beef on toast.  My mom made it very thick and served it open faced on toasted white bread, while my best friend's mom made it a bit thinner and placed buttered toast alongside for dipping.  Either way, I enjoyed it.

I tried serving creamed chip beef on toast to my own children a few times when they were preschoolers but none of them were big fans. In fact, I had forgotten all about this salty and rich breakfast treat until I found two recipes for Chipped Beef Ball in my recipe box. I was searching for a savory appetizer to serve alongside the steamed shrimp that we traditionally have on New Year's Eve.  In keeping with the menu that my grandmother started years ago, we will also have a variety of dips, crackers, and potato chips, a sweet cheese ball that my daughter made yesterday, and pigs-in-a-blanket.

Mixing a cheese ball is a snap with my new mixer.
My desire for something  (anything!) made with chipped beef, which I realize now is really known as dried beef, increased when I was unable to locate it in my local and brand new grocery store, HEB.  My husband and I were purchasing our shrimp, enjoying lots of samples, bumping into neighbors, and looking for my chipped beef.  First we unsuccessfully looked near the lunch meats, moved onto the bacon area, and finally instated the help of a man who was stocking kolaches (it's a Texas thing and worthy of it's own blog post).  My husband pulled up a picture of Esskay dried beef on his phone and four HEB employees later we found it near the canned tuna.  I mentioned that in Maryland it was in the refrigerator section and the HEB manager, who was the one who found my challenging item, said he could chill it for me if I would like.  My husband was wary of this non-refrigerated Armour dried beef which was available in a jar or a plastic package, but I was even more determined to have a Chipped Beef Ball for New Year's Eve.



At home, I put my new apple green Kitchen Aid mixer to work and whipped up two Chipped Beef Balls, one to eat and one to share.   I merged both recipes that I found in my recipe box by adding some grated Parmesan cheese and Worcestershire along with horseradish.  Yum!  It is everything I remembered and more. Happy New Year!  Hope you rediscover a childhood food favorite this year.



Chipped Beef Ball Recipe

1 package dried beef (4.5 ounces or so), finely diced
2 packages cream cheese (8 ounces each), softened
1 Tablespoon horseradish, more to taste
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup grated Parmesan cheese, optional


  1. Mix softened cream cheese, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, and Parmesan cheese (if using) until well combined.
  2. Add half of diced dried beef, and mix to combine.
  3. Shape mixture into one large ball or two small balls.  Roll in remaining chipped beef.  
  4. Wrap with plastic wrap and chill for at least an hour or overnight.
  5. Serve with crackers.

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