Creamed Chipped Dried Beef


from ButterYum
serves 4-6

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons all purpose flour
1 1/2 cups milk
1/4 - 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper
4.5-ounce jar or package of dried beef, sliced or chopped

In a large heavy-bottomed saucepan over medium heat, melt butter.  Whisk flour into the melted butter; continue whisking for 1 full minute after mixture begins to bubble.  Continue whisking as you add the milk and pepper.  The sauce is done when it returns to a boil and thickens.  Remove from heat and stir in sliced dried beef.  Serve immediately over toast, biscuits, English muffins, etc.  Gently reaheat leftovers with a splash or two of milk to restore creamy consistency. 

Note:  If you make this in a nonstick skillet, be sure to use a whisk with silicone coated wires.  Also, the dried beef can be rinsed and drained before being added to the bechamel sauce to further reduce the sodium content.
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