Dried Beef & Onion Spread

Cream cheese, minced dried beef, onions, and chives… dash of Worcestershire, shaped into a ball or thinned to a spread consistency. Serve with crackers. It’s a good spread for bagels, too. Yes, the “Tupperware” shown in photo are recycled KFC coleslaw containers. Us poor folks save those things. One recipe fills three. My daughter’s easier alternative method is below mine.



  • 16 oz (2 pkg) Philadelphia Cream Cheese
  • 1 jar (2.25 oz) Armor Dried Beef
  • 3 T dried minced onions
  • 3 T dried minced chives
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 T milk
  1. Set cream cheese out to soften.
  2. Combine dried onions and chives in a little bowl. Add just enough water to cover and set aside so they can come back to life. NOTE: measures are approximates. Use more or less, as desired. ALTERNATIVE: mince fresh chives and onions instead of using dehydrated.
  3. Rinse excess salts off the dried beef. I prefer to do this quickly under running water because if you soak or rinse too long, you will rinse off some of the flavor, too.
  4. Mince the dried beef with a sharp knife on a cutting board. (Note: stack beef slices before cutting instead of trying to do one slice at a time.)
  5. Drain excess water from onions and chives.
  6. Put cream cheese in bowl. Add minced beef, onion-chives, and a good dash of Worcestershire (about a teaspoon). Smash together with a wooden spoon until well combined.  Shape in ball or thin with milk to desired spreading consistency.
  7. Store in refrigerator. This is good to make a day or so before serving so the flavors have time to mingle. Garnish with chives, if desired.


DAUGHTER’S RECIPE:  Add minced dried beef to Chive & Onion Spread. Done.

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