Creamed chipped beef is an easy meal for breakfast or dinner. We celebrate the Marine Corps birthday each year by making this for breakfast! Served on toast points this makes for an economical and filling breakfast.
What is creamed chipped beef?
Creamed chipped beef or SOS (aka Shit on a Shingle) as it is affectionately known by both the Navy and Marine Corps is dried beef that has been sliced and cooked in a creamy white gravy then served over toast points. One other variation uses ground beef instead of dried beef at times.
Making the creamed chipped beef
First, open a can of dried beef and rinse thoroughly in warm water then set aside to drain. Melt some butter in the microwave and make some toast.
Preheat a large skillet, and then melt one stick of butter (8 tablespoons) in it. Whisk in the flour, and cook for a few minutes to make a roux. Cooking the flour for a few minutes so that the resulting gravy does not taste doughy.
Add to this the milk, and remember you can always add more to thin but you can't repeat the roux step. So, be careful not to overpour the milk! I used 2% milk, no need to use full fat if you don't usually drink it.
Add the Worcestershire sauce, and pepper. Whisk until thickened. If it gets to thick, add a little more milk. Also, there can probably not be enough pepper. LOL Once it's thickened to your liking, slice and chop the dried beef and stir in. Serve immediately, or store in an airtight container for up to one week. To reheat, add a little milk if necessary then heat in the microwave for a couple of minutes.
Creamed Chipped Beef on Toast (aka SOS)
- 4.5 ounces dried beef rinsed in warm water and drained
- 8 tbsp butter I used unsalted
- ½ cup flour
- 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce
- 2 tsp pepper
- 4 cups milk increase or decrease based on thickness of gravy
- 12 slices buttered toast
- Toast the bread, and lightly butter. Rinse the dried beef to reduce the sodium content of the dish.
- Heat a large skillet, and melt the butter. Whisk in the flour, and cook a few minutes to remove the doughy taste.
- Whisk in the milk. Add the Worcestershire sauce, and pepper. Heat and whisk until thickened.
- Slice the dried beef, and stir in to the gravy. Serve immediately on toast points. Can store in an airtight container for up to one week. To re-heat add a small amount of milk to the creamed beef, and heat in microwave for a couple of minutes.