Chipped Beef on Toast (SOS)


This is one of my all time favorite dishes and although it has little or no nutritional value, everybody needs to splurge once in awhile!

I was fed this stuff over several years when I was a kid, and always looked forward to it andnow our grandchildren also love this stuff! I believe most people either love it or hate it. Some military veterans have had their fill and never want to eat it again.

According to Wikipedia, in military slang it was commonly referred to as “$hit on a Shingle”, SOS, Stew on a Shingle”, Same old Stuff”, “Something on a Shingle” or my personal favorite “Save our Stomachs”

Here is my recipe….

  • 1 2 oz. package Buddig dried beef
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 3/4 cup milk
  • 1-2 shingles (can be toast, biscuit, English muffin, cardboard, etc.)
  • 1/4 tsp. crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/4 tsp. fresh grated nutmeg (optional)
  • salt to taste
  • a dash of cooking sherry or a dry white wine (optional)
Chop beef into pieces or strips
Melt butter in saucepan on medium heat for 3 minutes
Saute beef in butter 2-3 minutes
Add flour and cook 2-3 more minutes
Add milk and cook until thickened
Add seasonings and turn to low heat. Stir until it’s at the consistency desired. May add more milk or a dash of dry white wine if you like it thinner

That’s it! Enjoy with your favorite beverage!

Suggested music to listen to while preparing….

  • “SOS” by Abba from their 1975 self titled album “ABBA”
  • “I’m Still in Love with You” by the Reverend Al Green from his fifth studio album “I’m Still in Love with You” released in1972

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Husband, Father, Grandfather, foodie. I have worked in various capacities of food service for 50 years. Baker, cook, manager, restaurant owner, personal chef and food sales / consulting. Recently retired. I love to cook and photograph food. My other hobbies include organic gardening, fishing, bicycling, reading, music and golf.

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