Karen’s Killer Fixin’s: Creamed Dried Beef on Toast or Waffles aka S.O.S.


It’s time for Karen’s Killer Fixin’s! Over the years, I’ve filled two 4-inch, 3-ring binders with my own creations as well as recipes my family and friends were willing to share with me. I simply love to cook and want to share that love with my readers. So every Friday, I share one recipe I think you and your family might enjoy. It might be a main course recipe. A cookie or baked item. Candy. Salads. Whatever strikes my eye and fancy…which today is CREAMED DRIED BEEF ON TOAST OR WAFFLES aka S.O.S.!

How many of us grew up eating creamed dried beef or S.O.S. (Stuff, okay, “That Other Word” On a Shingle) or Creamed Chipped Beef as it was also called? It was a quick and satisfying meal and inexpensive. It was also one of the few times we could justify eating waffles for dinner. No waffles? Toast works, too.

I hope you enjoy today’s Killer Fixin’s. Happy eating!


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4 oz. jar dried or smoked dry beef
2 T. butter
2 T. flour
1 cup milk
½ tsp. Worcestershire Sauce
Toast or waffles

In a medium saucepan over low heat, melt butter. Whisk in flour all at once to form a roux. Whisk in milk, a little at a time. Increase heat to medium-high, and cook, stirring, until thickened. Bring to a boil, stir in Worcestershire sauce and beef. Heat through and serve over toast or waffles.

Note: It’s easy to double the recipe.

9 thoughts on “Karen’s Killer Fixin’s: Creamed Dried Beef on Toast or Waffles aka S.O.S.”

  1. Ours was made with hamburger and hamburger gravy (which to this day, I detest). I like the idea of Worcestershire sauce in there. Never heard of it that way. I bet you could make this with broth instead of milk to avoid dairy.

  2. I’ve never had SOS as hamburger and gravy. The dried beef is a lighter fare and it’s more creamy white than darker beef gravy. Honestly, I’m not sure about the broth as opposed to milk. You can certainly try it. You might have to add more thickener but you’d have to experiment with the texture. Good luck!

  3. I’ve had it both ways but the Worcestershire sauce is a great idea!
    Many a time, I’ve fried hberg and added it to vegetable soup, then served over toast.
    Thanks Karen.

  4. I’ve never had it made with hamburger and don’t think it would compare to it being made with chipped beef, which I love on toast. Never heard of it served on waffles. My stepdad was a cook in the Army, Korean War. He made it with chipped beef served on toast. I never got his recipe. Wish I had. I will try your. Sounds like it would be like dad’s.

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