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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Pizza Style Hot Dogs

Are you the type, like my family, where every couple of weeks you kind of have a typical dinner menu? There seems to be a bit of consistency with my family where every couple of weeks we are making homemade pizzas, or making some sort of riff on hot dogs. With that said, this was one of those weeks. I made a handful of pizzas for the kids, and a couple of days later we were eating Nueske’s smoked wieners. Both of these yielded some leftovers, and that’s when the idea sparked to do a take on a pizza style hot dog! Was this good? Yes, it was pretty darn good and underneath the melted cheese and sauce was this wonderful (and I think one of the best) smoked wiener.

Pizza Style Hot Dog Recipe

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 1 cooked wiener, or hot dog
  • 6 slices of pepperoni
  • 1 hot dog bun
  • 1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese
  • 1/4 cup pizza sauce
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning

This is pretty simple. Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.

Add the wiener to the bun, and tuck in three slices of pepperoni on each side of the wiener. Place the wiener and bun onto a baking sheet, and place in the oven, just to warm up the wiener, and slightly crisp up the bun and pepperoni.  Crisping up the bun holds well with the melted cheese and sauce.

How to make a pizza style hot dog

 

When the bun is slightly toasted, about 4-6 minutes, remove it from the oven, and top with the mozzarella cheese, the sauce, and top with the Italian seasoning.

Place this bag into the oven, and bake until the cheese is nice and melted. Once melted, remove from the oven, and get ready for an adventure.

Your first bite is quite the surprise! You get the slightly crunch from the bun, almost like a nice and crisp pizza crust, then the common flavors of pizza, and then that awesome snap of the Nueske’s wiener. Is this thing worth making?

Pizza Style Hot Dog Recipe

ABSOLUTELY! Would I make this again? OF COURSE. This pizza style hot dog kind of blew my mind, and to me, that’s always a great thing. So the next time you have any pizza leftovers, and some wieners or hot dogs in the refrigerator, give this one a shot. Hope you enjoy, and have a great 4th of July!

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Buffalo Chicken Fries

I am a fan of leftovers, and only a fan because leftovers present a challenge. That challenge is finding a way to tweak whatever it was into something new. This is where this recipe came into play. I know… Leftover chicken is probably not that big of a challenge. Don’t judge me. But as I had some awesome leftover garlic style chicken leftover from making pita wraps the other night (huge hit), I have been craving buffalo style chicken wings, and nachos. Again, no need to judge me. As I normally do, I scavenge through the pantry, refrigerator, and freezer looking for items I can use to make something. The first thing I noticed was not just the chicken, but the leftover blue cheese from making that blue cheese compound butter, and then my eyes immediatlely took to the hot wing sauce (a match made in heaven if I do say so myself). As I immediately thought nachos, I was bummed to say the least as not only did we not have any tortillas, or tortilla chips. The freezer, however, did yield some frozen curly fries. I thought what the heck… Let’s win this battle and come up with some buffalo chicken fries!

Buffalo Chicken Fries Recipe

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups of frozen curly fries
  • 1/2 cup of shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup of blue cheese, crumbled
  • 1/4 cup your favorite buffalo sauce
  • 1 tbsp chopped chives, or thinly sliced garlic scape
  • 1 cup cooked chicken, cubed

Preheat your oven according to the directions on your bag of delicious curly fries. Cook, just until about done.

A few minutes before your desired crispiness, remove the fries from the oven.

How to make buffalo chicken fries

 

Shower the fries with the shredded cheddar cheese. This acts as the glue to to hold the fries together.

Next, arrange the cooked chicken cubes, then shower with the blue cheese.

Place back into the oven, and cook until the cheese is nice and melted.

Once melted, remove the fries from the oven and drizzle with the buffalo sauce. Then shower with the chives or garlic scapes, and dig in.

Buffalo Chicken Fries Recipe

If you love buffalo style chicken wings, you are going to love these buffalo chicken fries. The combination of blue cheese, chicken, and buffalo sauce are just a great combination. A slight heat from the sauce, and just a great balance of saltiness from the sauce just makes this an addicting appetizer, or heck even a meal in itself. Hope you enjoy!

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Chille Blue Crabs

Hands down, blue crabs are one of my favorite things to eat. Well, maybe not as they compete with pizza, tacos, and nachos, but you know what I mean. There is something about the blue crab that I truly love. Granted there is not a whole lot of crab meat on these little suckers, but it’s finger food, and to me finger food is not only fun, but it’s somewhat sexy. As I noted in the past, it’s hard to find blue crabs in Milwaukee. As I dissed an Asian market I used to go to, Anh Chau, only due to their crappy customer service, I have been frequenting a local market known as Mei Hua. I’ve been there enough where I chat with the owner, and as I always do I ask a lot of questions about produce, and seafood. I recently asked if they were going to get any crawfish, or better yet blue crab, and she sparked up, like what the heck did I know about blue crab! She stated she orders once a week, and that’s when I was sold.

Chinese Chilli Blue Crab Recipe

I pulled in the day she ordered, I think it was a Tuesday, or Thursday, and knew actually where to go. The box with what looked like to be stagnant crabs, that is until you poke them with the tongs.

One of the workers looked at me like I had no idea what the heck I was doing, and funny enough she was trying to help me (I am experienced at this, trust me, but I let her help only for my own entertainment), and we began using the tongs to toss them in a double paper bag. She insisted.

The kids were not home from school yet, and my wife was still at work, and that’s when I decided to clean these live crabs. When you do this, depending on how you feel, it’s something that you may or may not want your family around for, as basically as you are using a knife to take out the crab, ripping it apart, and tearing out it’s lungs, etc. I figured I would move quickly, and just have what I needed for the chilli crabs.

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • ~ 10-15 live blue crabs, rinsed and cleaned
  • 1/4 cup of ketchup
  • 1/2 cup Sambal Oelek 
  • 1 large shallot, medium slice
  • 2 tbsp ginger, minced
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 3 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1 tbsp fried garlic
  • 2 tbsp fresh cilantro, torn (optional)
  • napkins
  • 2 tbsp canola oil

Start by using tongs to grab your live crab. This is always fun as they like to attack your tongs. Flip the crab over onto it’s back, and puncture it with a sharp knife, right in the middle. Yes, this is often painful to watch, but it has got to be done. Now with your knife, split the crab in half, lengthwise. The important thing here is to remove the gills, up near the face, as well as removing the apron, near the bottom. Once those are removed, rinse the crab in cold water, and set aside, repeating the process.

Keep the crabs cold, covering with a bit of ice cubes. During this time, make the sauce.

To a small mixing bowl, add the ketchup, rice wine vinegar, water, and sambal oelek. Give a good stir.

Heat a large wok, or skillet on medium heat, and let this heat up for a few minutes.

Toss in the oil, and then toss in the shallots, garlic, and ginger. Stir fry that for a couple of minutes. Now add in the crabs.

How to make Chilli Blue Crabs

Toss those crabs in the garlic mixture, then add in the sauce mixture. Carefully stir, and toss until the crabs are coated.

Cook for about 15 minutes, if that, and then pour out onto a large serving dish.

Shower with the fried garlic and fresh cilantro, and dig in. Pull off the legs, split the body, pull and crack the claws, and go for it. Suck, splurp, and suck your fingers.

My wife and kids are not a big fan of the blue crabs, and as much of that is a bit of a disappointment,   I’m not going to point fingers and blame. That just means there is more for me!

Get a bib. Get some napkins. Dig in. This is a shell sucking, shell pulling, and little fork poker feat. Sweet, spicey, garlicky, and delicious. I felt bad when my wife came home, and I probably looked like a total mess as she was trying to have a conversation with me. Yes, it was that good.

If you are looking for a fun crab dish to eat, and a fun experience (cleaning crabs), go for it. You will not be disappointed, and by the way, I have yet to go back to Anh Chau, but they do still order blue crabs from what I understand, and with hope, they have picked up their service game.

Another one to try is my blue crab curry. Whoa.

 

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