Friday, October 21, 2011

Family Recipe Friday - Mama's SOS Gravy

Mama's SOS Gravy

This was one of those dishes that Mama made frequently. And it was actually one of those dishes that she excelled at! [Mama didn't let any of us go hungry... but her culinary skills left much to be desired for!] This is one, however, that I sincerely doubt anyone could do better than Mama!

This delicious gravy can be served over toast, over biscuits, over regular bread, over rice, over egg noodles, or even over linguine! And I've not met a kid yet that won't eat it!

You can substitute the ground beef with dried beef, which can be kept on the shelf, which makes this a great pantry staple meal!!!

As for the name of the dish? It's an old US Army dietary staple. The SOS comes from the use of dried beef in the recipe, which leaves the dish resembling shingles on a roof when put over toast. Thus the SOS stands for "Sh*t On a Shingle". [Believe me... it tastes so good you'll simply remember it as "that great gravy recipe"!]


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 cube beef bouillon
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 pinch ground black pepper
  • 2 1/4 cups milk
  • 1/4 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce


  1. Brown beef in a large skillet over medium high heat. Stir in flour, bouillon, salt and pepper. Saute all together for about 5 minutes or until flour is absorbed. Gradually stir in milk and Worcestershire sauce. Bring all to a simmer, stirring constantly. Cook until thickened, about 5 to 10 minutes. Serve hot!

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