S.O.S. (Cream Chipped Beef) and a Bloody Mary

Three days ago I had no idea what creamed chipped beef was. When Nathan mentioned that we should make it for the blog I had an image of a greasy, sloppy, and unhealthy brunch creation closely related to spam or scrapple. However, like the good wife I am, I kept an open mind and suggest that you do too…this was delicious and only my pride stopped me from licking the plate. I may have even enjoyed it more than Nathan!

As with most dishes, we found that creamed chipped beef has some history. In the United States, it has become emblematic of the military experience due it’s status as the Army’s favorite meal for troops in the field. It earned the nickname S.O.S. or “S*** on a Shingle” among the troops.

We paired our meal with spicy and bold Bloody Marys. Our main beef with most of the Bloody Marys that we get in restaurants is that when the ice starts melting they get watered down and bland. We solved this problem by using frozen cubes of V8 instead of ice cubes!  Genius! Throw in a healthy dollop of horseradish, some Worcestershire sauce, a splash of Texas Pete hot sauce, and the addition of some green onion as garnish besides the traditional celery stalk and you’ve got yourself an amazing Bloody Mary!

Creamed Chipped Beef on Toast (for 2)


1.5 tbs. butter
3 tbs. chopped green onion
3 oz. chipped beef
2 tbs. flour
1 cup 2% milk
2 tbs. chopped fresh basil
½ tsp. Worcestershire sauce
Black pepper, to taste
Sourdough bread, sliced


Cook onion in butter until translucent. Add chipped beef and saute until edges frizzle. Blend in 2 tbsp. flour. Slowly add 1 cup milk. Cook over medium heat, stirring constantly until thick. Stir in chopped basil. Add Worcestershire sauce and a dash of pepper. Serve over sourdough toast.

Bloody Mary (for 2)


4.5 oz vodka
1 cup V8 vegetable juice
4 tsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. horseradish
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1 tsp. Texas Pete hot sauce
Dash of celery salt
Black pepper, to taste
2 stalks celery
Lemon slices, for garnish
Green onion, for garnish


Combine the vodka, V8, lemon juice, horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, Texas Pete, celery salt, and pepper. Shake the mixture well and strain into 2 glasses filled with frozen V8 cubes. Garnish the Bloody Marys with a celery stick, a green onion stick, and a lemon slice.

One Response to S.O.S. (Cream Chipped Beef) and a Bloody Mary

  1. Abbie says:

    You mean creamed chipped beef doesn’t have to come out of the freezer section at the grocery store? 😉
    Looks yummy as always…

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