Dried beef isn’t something I ever had as a kid. Our beef was purchased a half at a time, nothing dried. My P.S. had it as a kid, often as SOS: chopped and creamed on toast. They were military people, perhaps that was common to their culture. I loved it the first time my MIL made it for us. She sent a jar hone with us and so I had to also learn how to make gravy.
Seeing this recipe where dried beef is chopped into a cheeseball and eaten with bits of bagels was another eye opener. A pleasant one that I wanted to savor! I imagined my mom making this cheeseball as an appetizer back in the 60s when they played cards With friends on Saturday nights.
Once mixed I stored it wrapped in plastic in a covered container for several hours
Yum! This was a great appetizer! My O.S. Was quick to comment several times on the now high price or dried beef. That still amazes him. But it was a very good tasting Cheeseball. The leftovers disappeared over several days. We would love to make this one of our holiday traditions.
Retro 10cheeseball: creamy spread for crackers or toast!
– 16 oz cream cheese, softened
– 8 oz package of chipped beef, finely chopped
– 1/2 cup diced green onions
– 1/2 cup red sweet bell pepper; chopped
– 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
– 2 tablespoons Worcestershire
– 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
– bagels, crackers, bread for dippng
Place all ingredients into a medium bowl and mix together.
Form mixture into a ball and wrap in plastic wrap.
Chill in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
Unwrap, plate and serve with bagels, crackers, vegetables, or sliced bread.