Stouffer’s: Creamed Chipped Beef

Chipped beef on toast is a strange meal.  Growing up I only ever had it if my grandmother made it and I happened to be around.  It’s really just not a go to meal for anyone on the planet.  Not because it’s bad…It’s just never at the forefront of your mind.  And if it is, it’s usually under the nickname of S.O.S. (Shit on a Shingle).  With a name like that you don’t automatically jump to it.  Why would you?  But when I saw this at the grocery store, I felt my head cave in a little bit.  Of all of the possible meals for Stouffer’s to freeze and offer with their selections, CHIPPED BEEF?!  It just sounds like a crazy idea.  Well, let’s see HOW crazy…

This looks strange.  First of all, this is sliced beef.  Not chipped beef.  So why is it called chipped beef?  But at least that is shown on the box, right up front.  It looks like a lot of beef, a good amount of sauce, all on a piece of toast.  Which is…Weird.  I wonder how microwave toast will turn out.  This could be the most insane Tasty Lie ever.  Toast?  This is what I found when I opened the box:

This is what it looks like frozen.  It’s a bag of…Stuff.  LOTS of sauce and some beef.  No toast.  At all.  It’s essentially creamed beef soup.  That’s a bummer.  And I didn’t HAVE any bread.  I had to go to the store and BUY bread.  Now I understand that the box says ‘serving suggestion’ but this is ridiculous.  Serving suggesting means on a plate, or here’s a little garnish.  Not an important component of the meal.  How about a “does not include toast” label.  Pisses me off…  Here’s what it looks like cooked.

I can’t tell how it tasted…But it just looks so creepy.  It had to cook a while.  I also had to toast the bread I left the building to go buy.  The finished product?

Alright, I’ll be honest.  It looks fairly disgusting.  There’s too much sauce.  Lots of beef but even more sauce.  The taste was a lot better than I expected.  The spices in the beef were pretty good, actually.  I enjoyed them.  The sauce was a little bland.  The toast I bought was great.  The problem with this meal is the saturated fat and sodium are off the charts and that will keep me from ever getting this one again, sadly.

Rating: ★★½☆☆


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