An early Happy Veteran’s Day/Armistice Day to all! Sadly, unless you’re toiling in the public sector you probably don’t have Friday off work, but you can still celebrate by making SOS, which is short for “Shit On a Shingle.” Oh, those military types do like a good joke!
If you make this with dried beef this is more politely called ”Chipped Beef on Toast.” My mother used to make that for us growing up. My Dad and all my uncles, both sides, served in the Navy, some of them in Dubya Dubya 2 The Big One, and even they were more than familiar with SOS, so I guess it is served across all the branches of the military.
1 pound ground beef
1 1/2 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
1 cup beef broth
1/2 cup evaporated milk
salt and pepper to taste
Brown the ground beef in a medium skillet over medium-high heat, until meat is no longer pink. Drain excess fat and set aside.
Melt the butter or margarine in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Slowly add the flour, stirring constantly, to form a brown roux.
Pour in beef broth and milk, mixing well. Add ground beef, then season with salt and pepper to taste.
The “shingle” part comes in because you serve this over toasted bread, either whole slices, sliced in half, sliced in quarters, whatever. “Cookie,” all the kitchen chefs in the military were referred to as “Cookie,” doesn’t care, and neither should you.
A—not fun, but interesting—fact: Before the armed forces were truly integrated, which didn’t really take hold until the Vietnam War, despite Truman officially desegregating the military in 1948, Black service members were assigned kitchen and cleaning duties, usually. That’s what Better Half’s father did in the Navy (Korea.) When BH was growing up his father was the family cook, much to the delight of his mother.