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