Shit On A Shingle Recipe

A beef and milk gravy dish traditionally served in US army camps. Just trust us on this one.
July 23, 2020, 11:38am

Serves 4

Prep time: 15 minutes

Total time: 45 minutes


  • 4 tablespoons|60 grams unsalted butter
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • 4 ounces|100 grams plain dried and sliced beef, diced 
  • 1 garlic clove, minced 
  • 2 tablespoons|30 grams all-purpose flour 
  • 1 ½ cups|354 ml whole milk 
  • ½ cup|125 grams creme fraiche 
  • 1 ½ teaspoons|6 grams hot sauce, plus more to serve
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh thyme 
  • kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 2 tablespoons minced parsley, plus more for garnish
  • 4 slices potato bread, cut into thirds 
  • ¼ cup|60 ml white vinegar 


  1. Melt 2 tablespoons of the butter in a medium saucepan over medium-high. Add the onion and cook until golden, 3 to 4 minutes. Add the dried beef and garlic and cook until the garlic is fragrant, about 1 minute. Stir in the flour and cook until thick, about 1 minute more. Slowly stir in the milk and bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to maintain a simmer. Cook, stirring constantly, until thick, 2 to 3 minutes. Fold in the creme fraiche, hot sauce, and thyme and season with salt and pepper. Stir in the parsley and keep warm.
  2. Melt the remaining butter in a large cast-iron skillet over medium-high. Add the bread and cook, flipping once, until golden on each side, 2 minutes. Remove the “shingles” and divide among four plates.
  3. Bring the vinegar and 8 cups of water to a simmer in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Crack the eggs into a medium bowl. Using a spoon, create a whirlpool in the saucepan. Drop an egg in and give the water another swirl. Add the remaining eggs, one at a time, swirling the water after each addition. Poach for 2 ½ minutes, then, using a slotted spoon, transfer the eggs to a plate and season with salt and pepper.
  4. To serve, spoon the gravy over the “shingles” and top each with a poached egg, more thyme, and extra hot sauce. 

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