SOS (A recipe for former soldiers)

SOS aka Shit on A Shingle – As we knew it in the US ARMY and US NAVY
(I’m not being intentionally crude, or gross. That’s what it is openly called in the mess hall.)

Chip and I both grew to love this crazy dish in our military days. They served it most days of the week, and it was always a popular choice. A few years back, we started trying to find THE authentic recipe. We tried several recipes out there for this. It is also called beef in gravy or chipped beef in gravy, but the military used ground beef when we had it. This is the recipe that is SOS, as we both remember it.

It’s a nostalgic recipe, and it’s fairly inexpensive. It also is very good made with ground deer venison instead of ground beef. Since deer is much more lean, I adjust the recipe to use a pound instead of a pound and a half.

1.5lb extra lean hamburger or ground chuck
2 tablespoons butter
1 cup finely chopped onion
2 tablespoons flour
2 teaspoons garlic powder
4 tablespoons Soy Sauce
1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
2 cups milk
Salt and pepper to taste

Brown meat, add butter and stir. Add onions and cook until they are translucent. Add flour, then stir and cook two to three minutes. Add garlic, soy sauce and Worcestershire Sauce. Mix thoroughly. Add milk and stir till it thickens. Serve on a couple of shingles (toast).

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