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

This recipe for Other was submitted by Mr Breakfast on 4/5/2003. Click here to view the recipe.

Recipe number 955.

Average Rating = 5 (out of 5)

By USAF Retired

Recipe Rating (out of 5):

Had it in Air Force (22 yrs - retired), Army, and once at a Navy chow hall. AF & Army are the best and about the same. Navy - Nah (they used tomatoes or paste & it was runny). Build it like this from the bottom up - toast, bacon, fried spuds, 2 over easy, then SOS over it all - with a hot cup of coffee on the side.

Comment submitted: 9/1/2019 (#20843)

By Dusty

Recipe Rating (out of 5):

My Dad served in the Korean War and this was one of my favorite breakfast that he made for me. SOS with two over easy eggs and toast the best ever!!

Comment submitted: 10/12/2017 (#20426)

By Gigawat

Recipe Rating (out of 5):

Toast, two eggs over easy and a solid helping of this awesome SOS and a cold glass of milk and a hot cup of coffee! Now that's just righteous!

Comment submitted: 7/10/2017 (#20354)

By PRArmyBrats

Recipe Rating (out of 5):

We are 5 Army Brats of a Puerto Rican retired MP who served during WW2 and Korean War who ate this creamed beef over toast all the time for breakfast. To this date, we all enjoy this recipe and many others from the Armed Forces. Love it!

Comment submitted: 6/4/2017 (#20321)

By Izzy

Recipe Rating (out of 5):

Reminds me when I was in the county for 18 months. Very good - had it with tomatoes. Over all: very good recipe.

Comment submitted: 4/14/2017 (#20258)


Recipe Rating (out of 5):

I've read that the Navy used tomatoes in their SOS... Not going to say it's evil, however, I do enjoy my Louisiana gumbo without tomatoes. I also love SOS even unto today... some 40 years after basic training.

Comment submitted: 1/3/2017 (#20161)


Recipe Rating (out of 5):

Brings back old memories when I was in the Marine Corps. They would bring it to the infantry men out in the field training. Best breakfast ever.

Comment submitted: 8/13/2016 (#20022)

By CharlyD

Recipe Rating (out of 5):

Retired Army... Had it first in basic... Was good then, and still good today... Back then it was s#%t on shingles. That was before "politically correct" ruled.

Comment submitted: 8/3/2016 (#20009)

By Oldrgr

Recipe Rating (out of 5):

My dad was a combat veteran of WWII and served in the Natl. Gd and Reserves after the War. We would always end up having it for a couple weeks after he came home from his annual two weeks training in the summer. We loved it. I spent 27 years in the Infantry and loved it as well. This recipe is as close as I recall from my days on active duty. I have tweaked it just slightly by adding a tad more Worcestershire sauce.

Comment submitted: 5/28/2016 (#19952)

By mazzie

Recipe Rating (out of 5):

Actually, should be served on cold toast which is sturdier. I delete the Worcestershire sauce, use whole milk, increase the pepper and use only a half pound of ground beef, fatter the better. I understand the recipe is a blend of grease and dairy. It is essentially gravy of toast so not so much beef. Loved this #&@% (stuff) when I was in the Air Force.

Comment submitted: 9/24/2015 (#19563)

Official Member: Team BreakfastBy jitterbug (Team Breakfast Member)

Recipe Rating (out of 5):

I was a Sentry Dog Handler in the Air Force and after a long cold night of Guarding B52's there was nothing like SOS with 4 eggs on top to warm the body and soul. Good Memories.

Comment submitted: 5/23/2015 (#19427)

By Spangdahlem

Recipe Rating (out of 5):

SOS -- My absolute favorite dish while sitting nuclear strike with an F-4E Phantom at Spangdahlem Air Base, Germany, during the heart of the Cold War... Yum,Yum!

Comment submitted: 4/5/2015 (#19350)

By Hank from FL

Recipe Rating (out of 5):

I was in the Army in the mid-50s. Loved this stuff. Look, I'm a pretty good cook, but this is one thing I don't try to "fancy up." I was never served chipped beef when I was in the Army. On toast for breakfast, that's the way we do it.

Comment submitted: 11/10/2014 (#19104)

By Success!

Recipe Rating (out of 5):

Now that was the stuff I remember my dad making for us as kids! He was a mess sergeant in WWII and Korea. I didn't have the bouillon (don't remember him using it either) so I added a dash more Worcestershire sauce, bam! Even my wife loved it! Never tried it for breakfast but now I know what to do with the leftovers! I'm going to make a few more gallons and take it to the VFW Hall for Memorial Day breakfast!

Comment submitted: 5/22/2014 (#18878)

Official Member: Team BreakfastBy 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)

By 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)

By 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)

By 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)

By 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)

By 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)

By 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)

By 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)

By 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)

By 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 BreakfastBy 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 BreakfastBy 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)

By 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 BreakfastBy 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)

By 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)

By 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)

By carter

Recipe Rating (out of 5):

This brought back many memories. Thanks for the recipe.

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

Official Member: Team BreakfastBy 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 BreakfastBy 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)

By Sgt. Major

Recipe Rating (out of 5):

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

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

By The Corbins

Recipe Rating (out of 5):

My husband says its the closest he's had to what he remembers from the Army. We had it for dinner. I liked it a lot too. Thanks for your recipes.

Comment submitted: 8/12/2010 (#11055)

By chowline

Recipe Rating (out of 5):

I loved the SOS from the first morning in basic training. I ate it on the chow line, the flight line and every chance I got. Being of Mexican/American decent, I had never had this at home. Now my kids love it.

Comment submitted: 8/4/2010 (#11011)

By citizenmarc

Recipe Rating (out of 5):

Best EVER was made in Pinder Barracks, in Zirndorf, West Germany. A-BTRY, 1/22FA, 1AD

Comment submitted: 6/26/2010 (#10775)

By GI Jim

Sent to West Germany in Feb 1960 for 3 years, Zweibrucken, 6901st Special Communications
Group (USAF Security Service), based on an Army sub-post (just a step up from a foxhole)! My fondest memory is the chow hall at midnight coming off a swing shift, and eating SOS off a metal tray using utensils that could have doubled as shovels. Ok, it was one of many food, I mean, fond memories of Germany.

Comment submitted: 6/4/2010 (#10613)

By Mike

Can't really tell yet because I haven't tried it, but I remember having this in the Army in the early 60s. Loved it.

Comment submitted: 1/14/2010 (#9455)

By pine

Recipe Rating (out of 5):

Tried making before... this is the best I've had since military.

Comment submitted: 12/16/2009 (#9233)

By Davmes

Recipe Rating (out of 5):

It seems this is an authentic military recipe. I searched for it in the web. This is the best breakfast anyone can have in the morning.

Comment submitted: 7/15/2009 (#8408)

Official Member: Team BreakfastBy Steve-O (Team Breakfast Member)

Recipe Rating (out of 5):

I used to make this in prison for 5000 people. I made it for my two kids and used fried potatoes and biscuts and it came out better than ever.

Comment submitted: 4/24/2009 (#8011)

By Ace

Recipe Rating (out of 5):

The best there is!

Comment submitted: 1/26/2009 (#7457)

By ed

Recipe Rating (out of 5):

My favorite breakfast. I use hamburger or ground pork and sometimes 1/2 of each. As the military often does, toast the bread well (not quite burned)and let it dry out as the military often did. They'd toast way ahead so that the line of troops would move fast. There is something about the dried out well done toast that makes the breakfast even tastier. Biscuits are also good, baked off in advance and somewhat dried out. If anyone complains make em peel potatos for the next meal.

Comment submitted: 12/13/2008 (#7108)

Official Member: Team BreakfastBy marianb54 (Team Breakfast Member)

Recipe Rating (out of 5):

I was a female cook in the Army and I used to make this all the time. I made it today and it came out just like I made it 25 years ago.

Comment submitted: 12/7/2008 (#7049)

By bingomom

Recipe Rating (out of 5):

I am a former WAC and always thought SOS was one of the best meals the Army served in the 6 years I was in. I have tried to create it myself, during the 40 years since my discharge. Nothing came close to this recipe. Thanks for sharing it.

Comment submitted: 6/29/2008 (#5626)


Recipe Rating (out of 5):

Great recipies. Try 2/3 ground sirloin and 1/3 ground turkey. This gives a rare and unique flavor without significantly altering the original taste. by GCN of old USMC.

Comment submitted: 5/5/2008 (#5198)

Official Member: Team BreakfastBy djhammer (Team Breakfast Member)

Recipe Rating (out of 5):

Tried this with ground elk the other day. Tasted more like my military days 35 years ago than using today's ground beef. Great recipe.

Comment submitted: 4/1/2008 (#4938)

By Retired Teacher

Recipe Rating (out of 5):

Great recipe! My husband is a retired LTCol (30 years) and he thoroughly enjoyed it. Thank you so much. (retired teacher 31 years)

Comment submitted: 2/23/2008 (#4687)

By Made Husband Happy

Recipe Rating (out of 5):

This recipe was excellent. My husband really enjoyed the SOS. He said it was excellent - better than the restaurants. Thanks a bunch.

Comment submitted: 12/29/2007 (#4274)

By Jim

Recipe Rating (out of 5):

I've looked for this recipe for 20 years. thank you, been retired since 1974 with 30 years service.

Comment submitted: 6/21/2007 (#3073)


Recipe Rating (out of 5):

During 26 years service I loved this. Glad to find a recipe. Jerry Walker LTCol USA retired

Comment submitted: 5/14/2007 (#2398)

By redeye 78-81cav

Recipe Rating (out of 5):

I have been making this since I got out of the army in 1981. whe nin germany in graf, I always volenteered fo range guard, had my own cook and he gave me the real recipe.TOP SECRET!

Comment submitted: 12/24/2006 (#1031)

By Richie

Recipe Rating (out of 5):

Thanks for the info... Keep up the the good work!

Comment submitted: 12/9/2006 (#909)

By Army

Recipe Rating (out of 5):

This is as close as the SOS I had in the army (korean war) AND I LOVED IT !! I always got in the line behind the guys that thought they were too good for it. I had no idea what they were served at home but they had a grip about all of the food and training. Guess which smart asses got killed!

Comment submitted: 11/14/2006 (#721)

By Mac

This brings back "OLE" memories to this "OLD" Jarhead.

Comment submitted: 10/30/2006 (#602)