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S.O.S. (Creamed Beef On Toast)

S.O.S. (Creamed Beef On Toast)

(8 servings)    Printable Version
  • 1 and 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teasppon salt
  • 2 teaspoons beef-flavored instant bouillon (about 2 cubes)
  • 3/4 cups nonfat dry milk and 3 cups warm water
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • OPTIONAL: 3 and 1/2 cups whole milk can be used to replace dry milk and water
Brown the beef in its own fat in a skillet. Drain excess fat.

Add flour, pepper, salt and bouillon to beef; mix thoroughly and cook about 5 minutes or until flour is absorbed.

Reconstitute dry milk (mix with water); add to beef mixture. Add Worcestershire sauce; heat to a simmer, stirring frequently until thickened.

Serve over hot toast or biscuits.


Each branch of the U.S. Military has a different version of this recipe. It is affectionately referred to by our dogfaces as "Sh*t On A Shingle". S.O.S. made its debut about 1910. The recipe presented here is a home version of that served by the Army circa World War I.

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Overall Average Rating = 5 (out of 5)
Based on 37 votes.


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Official Member: Team BreakfastFrom Don P (Team Breakfast Member)

Recipe Rating (out of 5):

I am retired from the Coast Guard SOS was always a favorite. We used to get together as a group and have it, usually after a night on the town... brought back a lot of memories. Good recipe. I added chopped boiled eggs to mine.

Comment submitted: 4/12/2014 (#18580)



From DebH.

Recipe Rating (out of 5):

Raised in the South, Daughter of an Army cook, soldier in the '80s (pulled KP first day in Basic), wife of AF retiree whose dad was Navy cook - this is the only dish I can't get right. Hubby won't touch "gravy" so he's no use and mom never fixed it. FYI: sausage gravy & creamed chipped beef are not true variants. I've never seen SOS anywhere but chow halls and homes. Try SOS or sausage gravy on pancakes with butter and syrup. I also use evaporated milk and water for these gravies... whole milk for basic bechamel.

Comment submitted: 1/27/2014 (#17275)



From Andy

Recipe Rating (out of 5):

Air Force midnight chow... two or three scrambled eggs, four pieces toast covered with SOS, a glass of cold milk topped with a cup of hot coffee... Best ever!

Comment submitted: 12/11/2013 (#17203)



From Emerson

Recipe Rating (out of 5):

We grew up on this too, but I don't remember having it for breakfast. It was always a dinner thing for us. It makes sense having it for breakfast... not sure why we never did. Anyway, I loved it. Haven't had it in a long time.

Comment submitted: 10/4/2013 (#16710)



From Jazzygirl1971

Recipe Rating (out of 5):

My dad made this for us when I was growing up. He was in the Army during the Vietnam era. I still make it today. The only difference, I use evaporated milk (PET or Carnation). Delicious!!

Comment submitted: 9/10/2013 (#16446)



From M.R.L.

Recipe Rating (out of 5):

There is more than one-way of making this delicious breakfast meal. The recipe here, calling for ground beef, is the first. There is also "Chipped Beef on Toast", which is made using "chipped beef" (beef sliced very thin, and seasoned with salt... often packed in a jar with a lid... very salty). The third kind is known as "Sausage Gravy over Toast", which uses ground sausage in place of ground beef. All three are considered very, very delicious.

Comment submitted: 7/9/2013 (#16136)



From z-force

Recipe Rating (out of 5):

Ate it for the first time in Vietnam in 71'and it was awesome!!!

Comment submitted: 6/6/2013 (#16009)



From C. Saunders

Recipe Rating (out of 5):

This was the only breakfast in the Air Force worth getting out of bed for.

Comment submitted: 5/26/2013 (#15945)



From Velma

Recipe Rating (out of 5):

Grew up on this as my dad was Air Force for 30 years and we ate "creamed beef" at least once a week. And this recipe is exactly the same :). Everyone in the family still makes it to this day. I also like it with an over easy egg on top or a slice of American cheese of course on toast.

Comment submitted: 9/23/2012 (#14460)



From TallTimber

Best meal in the chow hall. Midnight chow. Oh, the memories. I use the same recipe and substitute ground beef sometimes with breakfast sausage, or packaged sliced beef, or Hormel dried beef. They are all great.

Comment submitted: 5/21/2012 (#13932)



Official Member: Team BreakfastFrom MORRIS P (Team Breakfast Member)

Recipe Rating (out of 5):

If there was a breakfast contest, S.O.S. would win first place! It goes back to the American Army with the first President, General George Washington, that morning before he crossed the Delaware river.

Comment submitted: 5/3/2012 (#13868)



Official Member: Team BreakfastFrom Barbarainnc (Team Breakfast Member)

Recipe Rating (out of 5):

My dad was in the Marines and made this for us all the time. He used hamburger meat, flour, milk, a little soy sauce for color and taste and black pepper. No Bouillon or Worcestershire sauce. Still one of my favorite meals, I like it for breakfast or dinner. :) :)

Comment submitted: 2/27/2012 (#13589)



From Nancy

Recipe Rating (out of 5):

My mom used to make this for us and it was our favorite breakfast. Till this day I make it. Mom never added the bouillon and I gave it a try. Delicious. We always served it over homemade french toast. Give it a try. It really adds a different dimension to the meal.

Comment submitted: 9/15/2011 (#12909)



Official Member: Team BreakfastFrom Coozeman (Team Breakfast Member)

Recipe Rating (out of 5):

Made this exactly as written, was better than I've ever had! I put my dish together starting with two slices of buttered toast, lay 3 eggs over easy onto the toast, and completely cover the eggs and toast with the creamed beef, then throw two or three pats of butter on the beef, salt and lots of pepper, dig your fork and knife into the eggs and break the runny yolks!! It's heaven!!! Love it!

Comment submitted: 6/20/2011 (#12846)



From 5thAveJo

Recipe Rating (out of 5):

Thanks Mr Breakfast! I made this for my Army father-in-law and his reaction was seriously "Wow!" I scored some points with this one. I'd never had it before and I also liked it. Thanks... now I have to email this recipe to a super sweet old soldier (as requested). :)

Comment submitted: 6/7/2011 (#12770)



From Tom

Recipe Rating (out of 5):

I was raised on chipped beef on toast. It was a tasty transition to the Army's SOS. The only difference was my mother put sliced eggs in it, too.

Comment submitted: 5/29/2011 (#12733)



From carter

Recipe Rating (out of 5):

This brought back many memories. Thanks for the recipe.

Comment submitted: 2/28/2011 (#12213)



Official Member: Team BreakfastFrom love2bake (Team Breakfast Member)

Yep, Janet, the chipped beef version is the only one I remember!

Comment submitted: 11/11/2010 (#11536)



Official Member: Team BreakfastFrom JanetK (Team Breakfast Member)

Recipe Rating (out of 5):

Does anybody else remember it being made with dried "chipped" beef???

Comment submitted: 11/11/2010 (#11534)



From Sgt. Major

Recipe Rating (out of 5):

Great recipe! Tastes as good as the SOS at AFRC Chiemsee.

Comment submitted: 9/1/2010 (#11154)



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