With Father’s Day around the corner, I would like to honor my father’s memory with his Creamed Chipped Beef on Toast or, as the army brat in me would have heard it affectionately called, S.O.S.
Dad fought throughout the European Theater during World War II and was always an army guy at heart. Rising to the rank of Lieutenant Colonel, he was truly the most red, white and blue guy you would ever meet. (Hey my pedal car as a tyke was army Jeep and there’s no doubt my father picked it out.) Creamed Chipped Beef on Toast was recreated to stretch U.S. Army rations, and later, served on the home front to be a budget friendly, quick comfort food crowd pleaser.
It was always served for Sunday lunch when I was growing up and Dad would add the peas as well as the fried egg to dress it up a bit. Dad was pretty good in the kitchen. He was very regimented (pun intended), and a detailed task master when it came to clean up! Today, I serve this recipe at the bungalow for weekend guests. It’s always a favorite and a joyful food memory from their families past as well!
Creamed Chipped Beef on Toast (S.O.S.)
Servings: 6 -8
16 ounces of dried Beef (Jar) or 10 ounces of dried beef from the deli case. If using from the jar, rinse and drain well.
4 tablespoons unsalted butter
4 tablespoons flour
3 cups whole milk, slightly warmed
1 cup peas. (frozen or canned, if using fresh blanch lightly)
Freshly ground pepper
White toast, two slices per serving. (always called the shingle!)
Fried egg, one per serving. (optional)
In a heavy medium sauce pan over low heat, melt the butter and add the four, making a roux. Stirring continuously, cook until the roux starts taking color. Add the warmed milk a bit at the time, and mix well using a whisk.
Add the beef, and heat through completely. Add the peas and adjust seasoning with the ground pepper.
Place two pieces of toasted white bread on a plate and portion the Creamed Chipped Beef on top. Garnish with a fried egg (optional)
Every family has a recipe, and every recipe has a story!
Happy Father’s Day!