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SOS Creamed Beef Recipe

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This SOS creamed beef recipe is one of the easiest dishes to throw together. Growing up, my dad used to make this all the time and I still crave it to this day! Plus it’s ready in under 30 minutes! 

This SOS creamed beef recipe also called shit on a shingle is one of the easiest dishes to throw together. My dad used to make this all the time and I still crave it to this day!

SOS Creamed Beef Recipe AKA: “Shit on a Shingle”

SOS stands for “shit on a shingle” and growing up I loved it when my dad made this for dinner.

I mostly loved it because I could say “shit” and not get in too much trouble.

Traditionally SOS is made with chipped beef, which is a dried, smoked and salted meat product, although my family always made it with ground beef.

Either way, it’s tasty but I find the ground beef to be a bit more filling and a lot less salty.

This SOS creamed beef recipe also called shit on a shingle is one of the easiest dishes to throw together. My dad used to make this all the time and I still crave it to this day!

What is shit on a shingle?

Visually it’s not the most colorful or beautiful dish but it’s filling and comforting.

Sometimes that cancels the old rule “you eat with your eyes first.” Plus it’s like the dinner version of sausage gravy and biscuits which you know means it’s going to be amazingly delicious!

This SOS creamed beef recipe also called shit on a shingle is one of the easiest dishes to throw together. My dad used to make this all the time and I still crave it to this day!

I like to make mine and serve it over toast but I hear serving it over potatoes is also a great way to scarf down this deliciousness.

If you’re not familiar with this dish you should know it’s straight-up comfort food. It was super cheap to make and worked perfectly when there was a big family to feed.

This is America’s version of peasant food.

This SOS creamed beef recipe also called shit on a shingle is one of the easiest dishes to throw together. My dad used to make this all the time and I still crave it to this day!

If you like to keep things simple you can just season this SOS creamed beef recipe with salt and pepper but sometimes it’s fun to add other spices like garlic, crushed red pepper flakes or even fresh herbs.

Personally, I like mine with a little sprinkling of crushed red pepper because I’m pretty much always craving heat!

{Looking for more ground beef recipes? Try my Southwest Taco Stuffed Spaghetti SquashBeef Puttanesca PizzaSlow Cooker Parmesan Meat SauceSmothered Burritos or my Chipotle Stuffed Zucchini Boats}

sos creamed beef recipe on a white plate with a fork

SOS Creamed Beef Recipe

Yield: 4-6 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

This SOS creamed beef recipe is one of the easiest dishes to throw together. My dad used to make this all the time and I still crave it to this day!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 small yellow onion, diced
  • Kosher salt, to taste
  • Ground black pepper, to taste
  • 5 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 6 tablespoons flour
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • Bread, toasted

Instructions

  1. Set a large 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Add ground beef and onion to the skillet and season lightly with kosher salt and black pepper.
  3. Break up the meat as it cooks and cook until it's brown in color and no pink remains. Drain the meat and set aside.
  4. In the same pan as you used to brown the meat, set it over medium heat and add the butter.
  5. Melt the butter and sprinkle in the flour and whisk together until it forms a paste.
  6. Let it bubble slightly and cook for about a minute.
  7. Slowly stream in milk and whisk until thick. This might take a few minutes to get the gravy as thick as you like.
  8. Add cooked beef and onion to the white gravy mixture.
  9. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Feel free to add more flavor by sprinkling in crushed red pepper, garlic powder or fresh herbs.
  10. Serve over toast.

Notes

  • If the gravy gets too thick you can thin it out with more milk.
  • Do not skimp on adding the kosher salt and black pepper after cooking. If you don't add enough seasoning the gravy will taste very bland.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 384Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 12gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 10gCholesterol: 101mgSodium: 222mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 1gSugar: 5gProtein: 24g

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This SOS creamed beef recipe is one of the easiest dishes to throw together. Growing up, my dad used to make this all the time and I still crave it to this day! Plus it's ready in under 30 minutes!

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This SOS creamed beef recipe is one of the easiest dishes to throw together. Growing up, my dad used to make this all the time and I still crave it to this day! Plus it's ready in under 30 minutes!

This SOS creamed beef recipe is one of the easiest dishes to throw together. Growing up, my dad used to make this all the time and I still crave it to this day! Plus it's ready in under 30 minutes!

John

Thursday 7th of April 2022

When I was in the Navy this was always served in the mess hall for breakfast. Even though it had an unfortunate name, I scarfed it down every morning. I can't wait to try this version.

4Graces

Sunday 28th of November 2021

Yes, creamed browned hamburger on toast will fill you up and taste good, but it is not really a substitute for the chipped beef on toast. Totally different flavors. I stopped making the chipped beef dish because manufacturers put MSG in the chipped beef and I cannot tolerate it. The thing is, you can cream just about any protein and put it over toast and make a good meal. By the way, my addition to this one is a sprinkling of freshly grated nutmeg. And of course, a sprinkle of paprika on top of a serving gives it a bit of color.

Grace

Saturday 12th of June 2021

I just made this and it was delicious however I had to use a lot more milk and it still could have use a tad more and I did add Worcestershire sauce … will definitely make again!

phx cooks

Monday 4th of January 2021

Looks yummy. I've tried to make this for my family, and my family really love it. I will introduce your recipe for my friends. Thank you so much. I love it.

brooklyn grill

Thursday 24th of December 2020

Wow, your recipe is so amazing. I have never known this recipe. Thank for sharing. I will share this recipe for my friends and my family. I think they love it too.

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