S.O.S. (not save our ship)

I’ve talked before about my dad with his incredible cooking and I've mentioned at least some of his creations. Well, every once in a while I like to make one for the kids. I don’t ask that they eat what I make because I’m pretty sure I didn’t care for most of it when I was very young, but I do ask that they try it.

Today was S.O.S. or Shit on a Shingle. This is more mundanely known as chipped-beef on toast, but I didn’t hear that title until I was grown.

The recipe is simple:

1 pound lean ground beef
1 onion, chopped
2 tablespoons flour
2 tablespoons butter (“Not margarine,” my dad would say.
1 cup milk

Brown ground beef and drain. Add onions and cook until tender. Keep warm.
Put flour and butter in a cup and microwave for 30 seconds. Stir together.
Pour milk into saucepan and add butter/flour mix. Add salt and pepper to taste (liberally). Heat, stirring frequently, until sauce reaches desired thickness.
Pour over ground beef/onion and mix together
Serve on buttered toast.


They really wanted to like it. They both took a couple of brave bites. It was grandpa’s recipe after all.

Alas, it was not meant to be.

That’s OK. They had a nuked TV dinner and I’m extremely full.




  1. Anonymous24/3/10 21:50

    You can actually buy "chipped beef". It's quite different from ground beef. Maybe worth a try??

  2. Yeah, I know, but that's the way Dad made it. The warm fuzzies of making his food is half the reason for making it. :)

    Thanks for reading.

  3. My late father was a phenomenal cook too, several stratospheres above me. He was fastidious, I am impatient. Thus he produced better quality dishes than me.

    He was even better than my mom :)

  4. That's awesome Shadow. I think there are way more dad cooks out there than most folks realize.



  5. I like your version of SOS. Your dad did good teaching you scrumptious things like this. By the way both your other books are on the way to our house! Yay.

  6. Thanks TB,

    And so excited about my books coming to you. Can't wait to hear what you think. :)

  7. Yeah! I grew up on this stuff! It's the ultimate comfort food.

    Any leftovers?



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