Penny's StoryIf you've ever been in the military, you'll be familiar with this one. My Marine father taught me how to make it when I was a kid, and it's still one of my favorite breakfasts.
I use 3 jars of dried beef simply because I love it. You may want try this recipe using only 2 jars the first time you make it. Some folks don't like the saltiness of using 3 jars.
I always add pepper while cooking the gravy, but I wouldn't advise adding salt until you've tasted the gravy. Dried beef is very salty and adding more salt could easily ruin the whole dish.
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1Tear (I cut with scissors) dried beef into small pieces and set aside. In saucepan, melt butter over low heat. After completely melted, add flour and mix in with spoon until no lumps show. Add milk and turn heat to high, stirring constantly until it boils. Turn heat back down to medium, stirring constantly, until desired thickness is achieved. Stir in dried beef. Serve over warm toast.
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Lisa Montgomery tap3x - Feb 25, 2010
Love this stuff ... for breakfast, or for dinner over mashed potatoes or toast
Gary Hancq SidEFied - Feb 25, 2010
I like it too. The original military variety was served with fine ground hamburger. Many of us preferred it over the alternative -- Powdered Eggs.
See my "Basic White Sauce and Variations". S.O.S. is also great over Biscuits. We make it often with the dried beef. Minced breakfast sausage like Jimmy Dean or the like is also great. I happen to like the sage.
Penny R dixie_tn1 - Feb 26, 2010
Basic white gravy for me is exactly the same as above, without the dried beef. I use the same recipe for my sausage gravy. 3 basic ingredients and it works every time.
When my dad was in the Marines (50's), it was dried beef in the SOS. It was the first dish he ever taught me to make. :) And I'm like Misty, I can eat it for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Paul Bushay chefbunyan - Mar 4, 2010
Egad does that look familiar! We made other variations of it as well when I was in the Navy! We had other things on the line for breakfast that you won't find in most folks houses, like balogna cartwheels, grilled Spam, and other such goodies!
Donna Neasbitt sweetneas - Apr 23, 2010
My mom use to make this quite often. She would add chopped hard boiled eggs and serve it over toast. I loved it.