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HAMBURGER CREAMED GRAVY OR SOS

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This gravy is wonderful over toast, biscuits, rice, pasta, potatoes and grits!  I love it over mashed potatoes.  Some people make this with chipped or dried beef, too. This was an Army staple, thus the SOS name.  I can remember having this gravy for breakfast over toast when I was a child.  An easy and economical dish.

1 pound ground beef
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1 clove minced garlic
1/4 cup flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
2 cups milk (I use one 12 ounce can of evaporated milk and enough water to make 2 cups)
 
Brown ground beef, onion and garlic until beef is cooked.  Drain.  Put hamburger back in skillet and add flour, salt, pepper, Worcestershire sauce and milk.  Simmer until gravy thickens.  Makes 6 to 8 servings. Enjoy!
 
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Be sure to check out these gravy recipes, too:
Buttermilk Biscuits and Country Gravy
Chocolate Gravy and Biscuits
Southern Tomato Gravy
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33 Responses

  1. I served for 25 years in the military service and have eaten tons of SS. What I observed during military breakfasts, men complained in every manner possible about how awful SOS was while shoveling it into theor mouths as fast as possible and often asking for seconds.

  2. My Mama always made this with fresh green peas and pearl onions added and she served it over mashed potatoes. To me this reminds me of summer. Thank you for sharing your wonderful recipes with the world. I enjoy your site so much. I have learned so many new things from you as well as having been reminded of things I had long forgotten about.

  3. A really easy version that I make that everyone raves about is take one pound or 1 1/3 pound of hamburger, brown in the pan, then add one can of Campbells cream of mushroom soup with the one can of water, then cook to a boil and let simmer a little bit. It comes out a really good hamburger gravy. You don’t taste the mushroom soup that much. It is so easy.

  4. My Grandma always made this and we ate it over biscuits (homemade of course) and I loved it! My Mother also made it and taught me how to make it..

  5. Just taught my daughter, 15, to make this. She ;loves making it. Last weekend, she made it for dinner. while her boyfriend was here. She also made home made mashed potatoes, and cowpeas. She’s a very good student.

  6. My mom used to make this for us as kids only she would add canned sweet peas to it.

  7. My father used to make this back in the 1960′s. He added chopped hard boiled eegs to it. Thanks for the memories.

  8. Have been making this for years but have never used onion in it. My husband would not eat it. I love it but am trying to be careful with what I eat.

  9. Mother fixed this a lot when we were kids. I have offered it on a baked potato bar and guys ate it up. We have substituted sausage, bologna, boiled eggs, baked turkey or chicken as well as ham or chipped beef. Usually served it over toast or biscuits.

  10. To be even more proper, I’d call it ‘stuff’ on a shingle these days, lol. Being from the east coast of Virginia, it was served up in cafeterias mostly on toast, and served a lot with chipped beef as the meat.

  11. I wasn’t born in the south by grew up here, my parents were Northern transplants, so while my Mom cooked mostly northern food my Dad embraced Southern living and made SOS quite often. Oh so good…especially for us little girls who loved being able to say “SOS” We got such a giggle out of it! Thanks for sharing!

  12. One of these comments said something about $**% on a shingle, but I think I can use me some SOS right now.

  13. can you make a batch of this up and freeze it? If so,how long can it stay in the freezer?

    • I have never tried freezing it. Maybe, someone else can tell you.

      • It freezes well but if you let it thaw completly before heating it up in a pan, it will get a little watery. Keeps for quite a while in the freezer.

      • I usually make large batches and freeze it in ziploc baggies by the serving. The guys throw the baggies in boiling water and shazaam, instant warm breakfast! When it’s done this way, it stays as thick as I make it.

  14. My mom made this weekly – served with fried potatoes. Between that and 6 years in the Navy I see it and want to make it. I’ll have to ask my husband what he thinks – he did 20 years in the Navy!

  15. Wow I was amazed when I passed your page and saw “SOS”
    My dad used to make this for me when I was a child and it was soooo good. I make it once in a while when I want to remember those good ole days! Thanks for posting this receipe!

  16. My Dad was a Marine in WWII and he told me the term “SOS” meant sh$t on a shingle. I’m sure you already knew this.LOL! Suzie

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  17. I’m from Florida and we always had SOS with chipped Beef.

    Kenny G

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  18. We call it SOS as a shortened, and more ‘proper’ name for ( blank ) on a shingle. I have always used dried beef torn up in it, but look forward to trying this. I have also cut up left over ham for the meat, a little chopped up green pepper, and added chopped up hard boiled eggs to the gravy.

    • as a Navy brat, you are correct. SOS is typically made with chipped/dried beef. I grew up with the hamburger version as my father was an NCO with 4 children and could not afford the dried beef. I will say, however, that I prefer SOP. The P stands for pile. Or in other words, mashed potatoes. Home made, of course.

  19. LOVE SOS!!

  20. Sometimes the simplicity of a recipe DOES result in a great meal!! Thank you for posting, I send all these recipes to my daughter, she loves them!! Keep it up!!

  21. I LOVE SOS..I MAKE IT ALL THE TIME! OMG…WE HAD THIS ALL THE TIME WHEN I WAS A LITTLE GIRL. I ONLY WISH I COULD RECAPTURE THE FLAVOR MY DADDY HAD IN HIS!!!!! Still to this day I can’t figure out exactly what he put in his! Thanks for Sharing!!!!!

  22. I had forgotten all about this recipe. We use to eat it all the time as kids.

  23. I must be hungry! This looks good to me!

  24. I had biscuits and gravy for the first time in Wichita – over here we call the bicuits scones – so it was a bit strange because we eat scones with strawberry jam and cream – but pretty delicious for a breakfast!

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