So why exactly are we stepping down this road of nostalgia? Well, before the show Last Man Standing, Tim Allen played the father figure in another popular TV sitcom, Home Improvement. It was a show about a tool-loving, hot rod-building, accident-prone manly man and his family and friends. One of my favorite episodes was when Tim and Jill (his wife) visited a Marine Corps base and had a tank driving competition. Jill, who grew up in an Army family, creamed Tim's erratic, golf cart-crushing butt. Rather than owning up to his terrible tank driving skills, Tim blamed Jill for humiliating him on the course. Of course, after speaking to Wilson (their wise, eccentric neighbor), Tim realized he was being a jerk and in the end, congratulated Jill for driving her tank so well.
|Home Improvement - Tim and Jill eating Chipped Beef on Toast|
|Home Improvement - Jill looking fondly at her Chipped Beef on Toast|
|Armour Dried Beef|
|Chopped Chipped Beef|
So, without further ado, here's the recipe so you, too, can go down memory lane (assuming you were a 90's kid like me or grew up with a military background like Jill)!
|Chipped Beef on Toast (S.O.S.)|
Yield: about 3-4 servings
- 1 jar dried beef, diced or sliced
- 4 Tablespoons butter
- 4 Tablespoons flour
- 1 1/4 cups milk, cold
- Salt and pepper (to taste)
- 3-4 slices of bread, toasted
- Cut dried beef into slices or "chips" and soak or rinse with cold water to remove excess salt.
- Melt butter over medium-low heat.
- Whisk in flour to form a roux. Cook flour until it smells fragrant and nutty (almost like fresh baked pastry dough).
- Gradually whisk in cold milk. Turn heat to medium-high and stir sauce until thickened.
- Drain the dried beef and stir into sauce.
- Salt and pepper to taste.
- Spoon and serve on top of toast.
Until the next adventure...