I loved it when Mom used to make this for us! I have no idea if she originally made it for Dad, who had been in the army, or if she just liked it because it tasted good and was a budget stretcher. A traditional favorite, good ol' SOS. Note: the title of this recipe specifies that it is made ground beef, rather than chipped beef; "authentic" SOS is generally made with chipped beef, however many folks also refer to the ground beef version by the same name.
- 1 lb lean ground beef
- 1⁄4 cup chopped onion
- 1⁄4 cup flour
- 1 teaspoon beef bouillon powder
- 3⁄4 teaspoon salt, to taste
- fresh ground black pepper, to taste
- 1⁄4 teaspoon garlic powder or 1⁄4 teaspoon granulated garlic
- 1⁄4 teaspoon onion powder (optional) or 1⁄4 teaspoon granulated onion (optional)
- cayenne powder, to taste
- 1⁄2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- 2 1⁄4 cups milk
- In a large skillet over medium heat, brown the ground beef and onion.
- Stir in the flour, granulated bouillon, salt, pepper, and garlic and onion powders (and cayenne, if using).
- Saute all together until flour is absorbed, about 5 minutes.
- Gradually stir in the Worcestershire sauce and milk.
- Bring it all to a simmer, stirring, and cook until thickened, about 5 to 10 minutes.
- Serve over toast, biscuits, noodles, rice, or potatoes.
- Note: when I'm needing to avoid bread or noodles, I'll sometimes make a bunch of sauteed mushrooms and eat this over them, or sometimes with tofu. Delicious!
We had ground beef & the other ingredients on hand, but not much cash, so I gave this a try. We enjoyed it very much as a hot & tasty meal on toast, with a side of broccoli. Only change was that I used minced garlic instead of the powder, but only because we love it. Will make this again as a great budget stretcher.
Yum! I don't know if most consider this comfort food but it sure does bring back lots of warm and fuzzy memories. I made it for lunch today and throughly enjoyed not only the taste but the walk down memory lane that came with it. thanks!
I liked it that it was fast, easy, and cheap to make, but my husband and I agreed I would make it only if we were in a pinch we aren't big hamburger gravy people. I am glad I tried it though.