Hamburger SOS

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Fran Miller

By
@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! =^..^=

Rating:

★★★★★ 1 vote

Comments:
Serves:
6 servings
Prep:
5 Min
Cook:
20 Min
Method:
Stove Top

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lb
    ground beef
  • 1/2 c
    all purpose flour
  • 4 c
    cold liquids (milk & water) see note in step #3.
  • Some
    salt & pepper, optional
  • SERVE OVER TOAST AND/OR MASHED POTATOES.

How to Make Hamburger SOS

Step-by-Step

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

    WARNING: Product Endorsement. I love my ChopStir when I'm cooking ground beef! It's the best kitchen gadget EVER! (OK, I'm finished.)
  2. Sprinkle the flour over the ground beef and stir for about 5 minutes, which will lightly brown the flour and soak up the grease.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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? =^..^=

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About Hamburger SOS

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




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