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Tuesday, August 25, 2009

S-O-S


Every now and again I get asked to make the darndest things and when this friend of mine asked If I knew how to make 'shit on a shingle' because he had not had it in a long time and 'boy could he go for some' I was thrown backwards just a bit. Most people dont ask for this kind of thing but comfort for some is an itchy sweater to others. This guy even went so far as to have had some smoky beef he picked up at a 'meat place' in Pennsylvania and thats how it all came to play.



Chipped beef on toast, or SOS (shit on a shingle) as they called it in the army, is nothing more than your basic cream gravy made with dried or semi dried meat poured over toast - I made it a bit more than basic with shallots and butter and green onions....I wont go into detail as to which is the shit and which is the shingle as it seems pretty obvious but besides the name this stuff is pretty OK. I made it. He loved it. End of story.

45 comments:

Just telling it like it is said...

i'm just wondering why it is called shit on a shingle..
Cause I'm not sure I would want to eat or even crave...shit even if it was on a shingle

Melody said...

My mom made this for us when I was younger and it was the only thing she made that I absolutely HATED! Maybe my taste buds have matured by now....

Jenn said...

LOL. I remember hearing about this once from a friend who's in the military. It got me scratching my head to what it was. At least now I know what it sort of is. Interesting.

Denise said...

LMAO. That is classic.

Pavithra said...

Different name but looks so good.

KennyT said...

ROFLMAO, what a name! They eat well in the US army!

Home At Last! said...

SOS - if I am not mistaken is a staple in the military or boot camp.

Probably because it's cheap to make and has a lot of protein.

We still love it - like comfort food. My dad was military!

Pam said...

This is my very favorite breakfast! I only eat it at my parents house on my birthday, I love every single bite. Yours looks fantastic.

Laura said...

Dude my dad made the BEST shit on a shigle love it great now I need to make sos yeah!!!!!!

Jamie said...

Too funny! My dad ate this during his Navy days, mentioned it once or twice but never elaborated. And if it had looked as good as this, it would've been called something a bit more elegant.

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

I don't think SOS has ever looked this good.

doggybloggy said...

just: because it is...

melody: horse on toast or whatever-we all hated it

jenn: its compulsory

denise: tried and true

pavithra: you are always nice

kenny: relatively speaking

home" yes it is....

pam: it is a heart warmer thats for sure

laura: shingle fans should unite

jamie: that has always been my argument.

doggybloggy said...

TW: how the froik did you sneak in there?

Donna-FFW said...

Have never had this one. Heard of it however, from my army guy friends;).Not my cuppa tea, but to each his own and I am most sure your friend did indeed enjoy it.

Katherine Aucoin said...

I've heard of this but have never seen it. You defnitely made it into a gourmet comfort food and a definite heart warmer! Perfect for a weeknight meal.

Grace said...

okay, that's a terrible name for one of my favorite breakfast foods! :) even such a disturbing mental image couldn't deter me from loving chipped beef gravy--it's something i save to eat on special occasions. :)

doggybloggy said...

donna: the maxwell smart of the day

kath: the 99 to the maxwell

grace: mission cancelled

Micky-T said...

Your crap on the crust looks damn good to me. Call it what you want, it still looks great.

Dee said...

I don't know where I had been most of my life when heard this title in the first year of married life. We were visiting an old friend of my husband & he was talking about military life & eating SOS when I finally realized it was the nickname for an actual food! Surprised & horrified I actually wanted to try & see what all the SOS talk was about. I tasted, pondered & will always remember the my first SOS experience. Not fave the dish for me but a foodie memory none the less!

TavoLini said...

LOL--This isn't something I grew up eating, but I can easily see the appeal.

buffalodick said...

I've actually have had a corned beef craving I have to do something about!

♥peachkins♥ said...

weird name for something that looked good.....

biz319 said...

I haven't thought of that in YEARS! My mom used to make that for lunches when we were little - the Buddig meat was like .10 cents a package and she could really stretch her food budget with this recipe.

Thanks for the memory!

Dawn said...

what is in it? corned beef hash and the sauce is hollandaise?

snugs said...

you just like saying that don't you? you silly dog!

girlichef said...

Oh, I love SOS!!! Looks like gourmet SOS...

Marjie said...

My grandfather and father both called it shit on a shingle. My mother would get furious when they did, so they did it all the more. I won't eat it on the toast. My food must be segregated; it can't even touch. I figure I'm being nice by consuming the white gravy.

The Diva on a Diet said...

I've heard of, yet never had, SOS. You make it look quite fetching, doggy. I can totally see how this can be a comforting dish.

Sweta said...

Wow-I learnt something new today!!SOS!!!!

Mo Diva said...

interesting... prettiest shit I have ever seen.

pigpigscorner said...

I've never heard of this, looks wicked good!

nora@ffr said...

haha!! nice name! but simple yet delish looking!! :)

Hungry Dog said...

My dad liked this too, no doubt from his stint in the army. We always head it over egg noodles. He called it SOS, my mom called it beef stroganoff. Never liked it but I love that you did a post about it!

The Blonde Duck said...

Looks good to me!

Jackie at PhamFatale.com said...

I wonder where the name of this dish comes from. I've never tasted it, it sounds fine, maybe the name of it is so intriguing that I gotta try this! :P Where can I find it?

Chef Fresco said...

Yum!! I've never heard of this but it looks flippin good!

Just telling it like it is said...

Well now you sound like my dad...He makes the rules and they are what they are don't give him any lip he says....
P.s I wrote something

aka Drunk as a Hotter on a Kooter

Janice Soriano said...

I've never heard of this before, and it actually looks pretty good.

Diana H said...

I've had gravy (with meat type stuff) over biscuit before, but never the SOS stuff, though I've heard of it. Looks like you upgraded nicely.

Cinnamon Girl aka Reeni♥ said...

I've heard the expression before but didn't know it was a real dish! I just thought it referred to bad food. I think they should officially change the name now - this looks too amazing to be called that.

LK- Healthy Delicious said...

I used to love this when I was a kid! It was my favorite! But i had it more recently (ok, like 10 years ago now) and find the stuff to be god-awful. Salty and heavy and no-thanks. Its funny how tastes change.

teresa said...

mmm, i could go for a little sos right now!

Hummingbird Appetite said...

That looks really good and I've never had shit on a shingle.

the ungourmet said...

Have never heard of this but it sure does look like some good sh*t! ;0)

Danielle said...

LMAO!! gotta love it if for the name alone but hey, it doesn't sound bad.

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