Fran Miller Recipe

Hamburger SOS

By Fran Miller TchrLdy71

This easy-to-make dish comes from Depression cooking, where a little meat could be stretched to feed & fill up a lot of people, and from the United States military, for the same reason. As a Navy Brat born to Depression Era parents, it's a given that this dish would be on our table!

If you prefer the Chipped Beef version, cut the dry beef into small pieces. Make a roux from butter, flour, and milk, then add the chipped beef pieces after it thickens.

For those who weren't military brats, the SOS stands for "S--- On a Shingle" OR "Same Old S---." Bet you can figure it out! =^..^=

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6 servings
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Stove Top


1 1/2 lb
ground beef
1/2 c
all purpose flour
4 c
cold liquids (milk & water) see note in step #3.
salt & pepper, optional
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Directions Step-By-Step

Brown ground beef in a large skillet, stirring often. Do NOT drain.

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Sprinkle the flour over the ground beef and stir for about 5 minutes, which will lightly brown the flour and soak up the grease.
Now, it's time to add the cold liquids. I personally use about 3 cups of milk & 1 cup of cold water, but this is a personal decision. If I'm low on milk, I just make up the difference in cold water. No one has ever noticed yet. =^..^=

So add the liquids and stir well.
Add salt & pepper, if desired. Continue cooking the gravy for a few more minutes until it thickens to your desired consistency.

If it's too thin, cook it longer.
If it's too thick, add a little more cold liquid.
Serve over slices of toast (the "shingles" of SOS fame; see note above) and/or mashed potatoes.

Or skip the knife and tear up the toast pieces before adding the gravy. Just keeping it simple, right? =^..^=

About this Recipe

Course/Dish: Beef, Burgers
Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American
Other Tag: Quick & Easy
  • Comments

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    Sandy Mika mikasldy - Jul 23, 2013
    love the stuff, my gramma use to make it all the time 8]
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    Dawn Cook Bgreat - Jul 23, 2013
    Oh Fran, this brought back memories from my elementary school years. They always served it over mash potatoes. Loved it . Thanks for sharing
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    Fran Miller TchrLdy71 - Jul 23, 2013
    Thanks for commenting, Sandy & Dawn. What an honor to help you come up with good memories! Dawn, I forgot that this dish was sometimes served in school, at least back in the day. I haven't seen it on a school menu in DECADES! LOL =^..^=
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    Mary Ann Hanson DeaconGrandma - Jul 24, 2013
    This is one of the best comfort food dishes out there!!!! I always add a little dried minced onion and a couple of dashes of worcestershire. My kids gobbled it up!
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    Fran Miller TchrLdy71 - Jul 24, 2013
    Your suggestions sound yummy, Mary Ann. A little minced green pepper is good, too. Dad liked his SOS "plain" so that is the way I listed it above, but isn't it fun to play with your food? Thanks for posting! =^..^=