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Army SOS Creamed Ground Beef

The veterans in your family will appreciate this traditional recipe for Army SOS Creamed Ground Beef. If you're looking for easy recipes for ground beef, this army staple couldn't be simpler. Enjoy on toast, over noodles, or any variety of ways!

Serves: 6

  • 1 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons beef-flavored instant bouillon
  • 3/4 cup non-fat dry milk
  • 3 cups warm water
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • pepper, to taste
  1. Brown beef in its own fat in skillet. Drain excess fat.
  2. Add flour, pepper, salt, and bouillon to beef. Mix thoroughly and cook about 5 minutes or until flour is absorbed.
  3. Reconstitute milk with water and add to beef mixture. Add Worcestershire sauce.
  4. Heat to a simmer, stirring frequently until thickened. Serve over toast, hash browns, biscuits, etc.

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I'm familiar with the version using sliced beef and this ground beef version is new to me. In a way, it seems closer to sausage and gravy than the creamed chipped beef I remember from growing up. When I make this, I'll add some additional spices to the ground beef and probably serve it over biscuits since that's how we usually serve sausage and gravy. It'd be an interesting change of pace from the sausage and gravy we normally enjoy.

There is something so comforting about 'mince on toast' as we call it in my family. )In South Africa we call ground beef, mince). This recipe sounds awesome as the 'mince' is going to be creamy with the reconstituted milk. I love Worcestershire sauce and often cook mince in it so I'm looking forward to trying this.

Didn't they uses really thin sliced Dried Beef??? My Dad was in the Korean War and used to make this for me a lot. But not with ground beef that I ever remember...

Such memories this brings back. My dad was a cook and medic during WW II. When he made this we always fought over who was going to finish it off. I can't wait to make it for my granddaughter and serve it over toast.

"Drain excess fat."? This cannot be an Army recipe. Any Army cook who drains the fat should be court-martialled. Jim

20 years in the Army so I ate a lot of SOS and loved it. Now that I retired I still eat a lot of it. Try adding a little onion, bell pepper, and garlic powder, pour it over biscuits, WOW!

We like to add frozen green peas the last couple minutes of cooking!

Hi sweetfuzz 7594776 - For each 1/4 cup of powdered milk in a recipe, add 1/2 cup evaporated milk mixed with 1/2 cup water and reduce 1 cup water out of the recipe. So for this particular recipe, you will need to use 1.5 cups of evaporated milk and 1.5 cups water, reducing the water out of the recipe. Hope this helps! -Editors of RecipeLion

How much evaporated milk can be used to substitute for powdered milk and water?

Use as much milk as you want gravy, simple.

A great quick easy meal, we add a pattie of sausage and use skim milk, make drop bisquites, makes a full meal

Thank you! my husband and son love SOS!!! I tried to make it but to them it wasn't authenic. I can't wait to suprise them with the one they know best. YUMMMY:)

Please correct my error....should be Breakfast Chow instead of Breakfast Cow....thanks

I was a cook in the U.S. Army back in 1961-1964 and made SOS every morning for Breakfast Cow......we always used evaporated milk instead of powdered milk.....all the troops loved SOS over thing it stuck to your ribs.....most of the guys would add 3 eggs and 3 strips of bacon along side of it to make a good breakfast....

If you want to make this recipe better, add in some sausage. The beef doesnt give near the flavor that the pork sausage does. Dont get me wrong, I love the ole SOS over toast or a biscuit, but there is nothing better then the normal sausage gravy, I prefer Hot sausage which adds so much more flavor, but many people do not do spicy at all, If you do not, add 1/2 hot and 1/2 lb mild. I agree w/ adding the evaporated milk, makes it much more creamier. TO- darrylswearingen OMG- put your over easy eggs on top of the toast and then add the SOS over the eggs and you'll be in heaven the minute the yolk burst and spreads all over the toast and gravy. WOW. Getting hungary just talking aBOUT IT.

This sounds really good although I will use evaporated milk since I prefer to use that in cooking.

I'm married to an old Navy man and this was something I had never heard of until a buddy of his mentioned it by "Navy Name" which I won't use here. We make it quite often but instead of powdered milk, I use evaporated milk and reg. milk mixed. It gives it a richer taste. We also like to add a dash of Tobasco sauce if desired. So good over toast and we like to use day-old hot dog/hamburger buns toasted.

That "Navy Name" is the SOS part. :-) the toast is the shingle.


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