This Dried Beef Dip is creamy, flavorful and so good served on crackers, crostini or fresh vegetables!
Dried Beef Dip is one that we had many times over when I was a kid. I still remember my mom setting it out just before guests arrived, knowing I had to wait just a little while longer before I could dig in.
The same thing happens with my youngest daughter when I make it. My parents were coming for dinner last week and she kept bugging me. “When will it be time for the dried beef dip, Mom?” I just had to laugh! I let her sneak a few bites in before they arrived. I may have even enjoyed a few myself :)
WHAT IS DRIED BEEF?
If you’re familiar with chipped beef, then you’ve had dried beef. It’s beef that’s been smoked and cured then sliced very thin. We had Chipped Beef on Toast when I was a kid all the time. It’s an economical, easy dinner that I still crave on occasion today.
HOW TO MAKE DRIED BEEF DIP?
It’s really one of the easiest dips to make. The original recipe my mom always made calls for just three ingredients: a small jar of dried beef, softened cream cheese and green onions. You can make it that way and it will be delicious.
I wanted to add just a smidge more flavor this time around so I added horseradish and garlic, two ingredients that really elevate it. I also mix in a little sour cream because I like the consistency, but you could omit that or mix in a few tablespoons of milk or heavy cream.
The one thing that is a must for this Dried Beef Dip recipe? It must, no matter what, be served at room temperature (or you can warm it slightly in the microwave). Just don’t serve it straight from the fridge. The difference in flavor and texture is astounding. Plus it’s spreadable and creamy and oh-so-perfect when it’s soft. I love it spread on little melba toasts, but give it a try with some fresh, crunchy veggies, too!
- 1 2.25 jar dried beef
- 16 ounces cream cheese, very soft
- 1/3 cup sour cream
- 1 garlic clove, minced
- 1-2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
- 4 green onions, sliced (plus more for garnish, if desired)
- freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- Mix all ingredients together in a small to medium-sized mixing bowl. Place in a small serving dish. Allow to sit at room temperature for one hour, then serve. (Can be refrigerated up to two days before serving; bring to room temperature before enjoying).
- Serve with crostini or fresh vegetables.
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 289 Saturated Fat: 16g Cholesterol: 90mg Sodium: 265mg Carbohydrates: 4g Sugar: 3g Protein: 5g