Creamed Chipped Beef on Toast

Creamed chipped beef on toast is never going to look pretty, either on the plate in front of you, or in a photo. Well, I think my photo looks pretty darn good. But let’s face it, creamed chipped beef on toast is so, so good. It actually reminds me a lot of the classic biscuits and gravy, and what’s not to love about that one?

Recently I was honored to have Nueske’s deliver some of their delicious products. Everything from sausages, to bacon, and their smoked beef slices. I was floored because I have never seen the Nueske’s smoked beef slices at any grocery store, so I was super excited to give it a try. Grocery stores take note. Order and stock this stuff because it is awesome!

I immediately opened the sliced beef and fell in love with it, as did my kids. It was that great Nueske’s smoke, and just has you wanting more. As I continued to eat another slice, the idea came to mind to make creamed chipped beef on toast. What better could this be but to add some of this great smoked beef flavor to a classic dish.

Creamed Chip Beef on Toast Recipe
Creamed Chip Beef on Toast Recipe

Let’s get started.

  • 2 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • 1 cup Nueske’s beef slices, chopped
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 slices of Texas Toast, toasted
  • cracked black pepper, to taste

That’s it. Pretty darn simple.

Start by melting the butter in a skillet on medium heat. Once it begins to melt, toss in the chopped beef slices. Stir, and get the beef a bit crispy along the edges. Once you have that complete then toss in the flour, and continue to stir to incorporate all of the flour and cook it at the same time, about a minute or so.

Ingredients for making Creamed Chipped Beef on Toast
Ingredients for making Creamed Chipped Beef on Toast

Next, pour in the milk, and continue to stir for a few minutes. The sauce will now thicken. Add some cracked pepper. Continue to cook for a few minutes, then you are ready to pour over the toast.

Stack the toast, and pour everything over the toast.

Creamy Chipped Beef on Toast
Creamy Chipped Beef on Toast

This is a stick to your ribs kind of breakfast for sure. The creamy gravy softens the toast, and when cutting into it and swiping up the gravy, well you kind of close your eyes and fall in love. The smokiness of the sliced beef, just lightly caramelized, adds the perfect balance to this recipe. Thanks Nueske’s for inspiring me to make this great recipe! Hope you enjoy!

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Rhubarb Simple Syrup

Our farmer’s market is in full force right now, and it’s one of my favorite times of the year to visit with my local farmers, especially Paula and Jerry. I normally bike there, first thing, on Saturday morning to see what everyone is offering. After bumping into Jerry at the local baker’s tent, I had asked him if garlic was at his stand yet, and low and behold, he said they just picked it. Their garlic was pretty darn awesome last year, and as I have yet to pull mine from my yard, I decided to get a couple of bulbs from him, along with some great looking rhubarb, among other things.

I had no idea what I was going to do with the rhubarb, and all I knew is that I had a pound of it, only to be created into something delicious. This is one of those delicious recipes. A rhubarb simple syrup.

Rhubarb Simple Syrup Recipe
Rhubarb Simple Syrup Recipe

To say the least, this stuff is pretty darn good, and my daughter and I have been squirting it in all sorts of things, from water, to cocktails, to lemonade. It’s sweet, and just slightly sour and that has us coming back for more.

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 3 ribs of rhubarb, cut into sections, and lightly smashed
  • 1 cup of sugar
  • 1 cup water

Simple. Hence the name.

Add everything to a saucepan, and bring to a light boil. Stir to dissolve the sugar, and then set aside off the heat to let it cool.

Once cooled, go ahead and store it in the refrigerator.

Rhubarb Simple Syrup

Not only is the color awesome, but the flavor is really great, especially when added to cold drinks on a hot summer day. Hope you enjoy!

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Taco Pie

This past fourth of July, we decided to break from our normal routine of staying put in our neighborhood, and instead decided to go to our sister-in-law’s house for the weekend. It was fun to say the least. We were able to go fishing along the Rock river, as well as just spend good old time with family. Granted we did not catch many fish, but my kids were able to spend some good quality time with their cousins, and they loved every second of it! With that said, my cooking responsibilities were set aside as well. My sister-in-law did not even let me help. WITH ANYTHING. I will be honest, it actually felt pretty good not to cook for a bunch of people. Regardless, there was one dish she threw together that was so simple, and one where everyone devoured. It was a taco pie.

Taco Pie Recipe
Taco Pie

This taco pie is everything you could probably love about tacos, but done in a pie kind of form. In my case, I decided to use pre-baked puff pastry sheets as my top and bottom crust. Did my family love it? Heck yes, and it was so, so good.

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 2 sheets of puff pastry, cooked according to directions
  • 1 1/2 lb ground chuck, cooked and fat removed
  • 1 whole onion, chopped
  • 1 whole jalapeno pepper, diced (seeds removed if you do not want it spicy)
  • 1/2 tbsp salt, to taste
  • 2 tbsp taco seasoning
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1 cup of cooked corn kernels
  • 1 cup of your favorite salsa (I used a blend)
  • 3 cups colby jack cheese, shredded
  • 2 cups Doritos, crumbled
  • black olives, optional
  • sour cream, optional
  • shredded lettuce, optional
  • additional jalapenos, optional
  • lime wedges, optional
  • hot sauce, optional

Start by heating a large skillet on medium-high heat. Once heated, add in your ground chuck, and cook until browned. Strain and discard the fat.

Return the ground chuck back to the heat, and toss in the onions, corn, jalapenos, salsa, and seasonings. Stir and cook until the vegetables have softened. Once softened, remove them from the heat, and prepare your taco pie.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.

To a baking dish, one large enough to fit one of the pre-cooked puff pastry sheets, place the puff pastry sheet on the bottom.

Ingredients for making a Taco Pie

Top with some of the cheese, then layer on the meat mixture, then layer on the rest of the cheese, and then the crumbled Doritos. Bake for 25 minutes, or until the cheese is nice and melted. Once melted, remove and top with the remaining puff pastry sheet, and then back in the oven and cook for about 5 minutes, or until the top puff pastry is warmed through.

Now you are ready to dig in. I let the pie rest for about 5 minutes before slicing into squares, but you do what you want.

Once sliced, place onto your plate, and add sour cream, olives, hot sauce, lettuce, and limes. Or don’t. It’s your call.

The ultimate is the taco pie. It’s a bit sweet from that awesome puff pastry, and then an explosion of flavor from everything you love about a spiced taco meat mixture. You could do this with chicken or pork if you want, but the classic ground beef mixture hit a homerun with my kids. Did I mention my oldest even ate it, and loved it? To me, that’s a win, win, and I’m thankful my sister-in-law turned me on to something so easy, yet so comforting to make. Hope you enjoy!

Taco Pie
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Ingredients
  • 2 sheets of puff pastry, cooked according to directions
  • 1½ lb ground chuck, cooked and fat removed
  • 1 whole onion, chopped
  • 1 whole jalapeno pepper, diced (seeds removed if you do not want it spicy)
  • ½ tbsp salt, to taste
  • 2 tbsp taco seasoning
  • 1 tsp cumin powder
  • ½ tsp cracked black pepper
  • 1 cup of cooked corn kernels
  • 1 cup of your favorite salsa (I used a blend)
  • 3 cups colby jack cheese, shredded
  • 2 cups Doritos, crumbled
  • black olives, optional
  • sour cream, optional
  • shredded lettuce, optional
  • additional jalapenos, optional
  • lime wedges, optional
  • hot sauce, optional
Instructions
  1. Start by heating a large skillet on medium-high heat. Once heated, add in your ground chuck, and cook until browned. Strain and discard the fat.
  2. Return the ground chuck back to the heat, and toss in the onions, corn, jalapenos, salsa, and seasonings. Stir and cook until the vegetables have softened. Once softened, remove them from the heat, and prepare your taco pie.
  3. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
  4. To a baking dish, one large enough to fit one of the pre-cooked puff pastry sheets, place the puff pastry sheet on the bottom.
  5. Top with some of the cheese, then layer on the meat mixture, then layer on the rest of the cheese, and then the crumbled Doritos. Bake for 25 minutes, or until the cheese is nice and melted. Once melted, remove and top with the remaining puff pastry sheet, and then back in the oven and cook for about 5 minutes, or until the top puff pastry is warmed through.
  6. Now you are ready to dig in. I let the pie rest for about 5 minutes before slicing into squares, but you do what you want.
  7. Once sliced, place onto your plate, and add sour cream, olives, hot sauce, lettuce, and limes. Or don’t. It’s your call.

 

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Mango Lassi

I’ve told you that we have been falling in love with Indian food lately. Sometimes I cannot get enough of it. Maybe it’s that smoothness of the curry sauces, of the simplicity of the ingredients, or heck all of the spices that just make for a wonderful meal. I can tell you that my freezer is pretty much loaded with garlic naan right now as well, and my closet is full of a variety of dal. Yes, we are true fans.

There is however a wide variety of desserts and drinks that the Indian culture bring to the table, and one of those are lassi. Think of lassi as the Indian smoothie. The basic version is really yogurt, water, and spices, however there are also savory types, and sweet types of lassi. I’m a fan of the sweet type, and hence the mango lassi. This mango lassi is not only delicious, but it is super refreshing on a hot afternoon.

Mango Lassi Recipe
Mango Lassi

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 1 mango, peeled, and chopped
  • 1 tbsp sugar
  • 1 cardamom seed
  • 1 cup of plain yogurt
  • 1 cup of milk
  • 1/2 cup of ice

Add everything to a blender, and blend until smooth.

Mango Lassi Ingredients

The result is nothing short of amazing. It’s smooth, creamy, and slightly sweet. It’s perfect on any summer afternoon, and one that my daughter and I fell in love with. Hope you enjoy!

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