U.S. Navy Minced Beef with Tomato Gravy (SOS)
Shipmates, let me take you back 40 years and provide you with the best breakfast chow the navy had to offer.
1 pound ground beef
1 medium large onion (diced)
1 tablespoon vegetable oil
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1 10oz can of Mexican style diced tomatoes or plain diced tomatoes.
16 oz (about) of tomato juice
3 tablespoons flour
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
salt and pepper to taste.
Sautee onions in veg. oil for 3 or 4 minutes. Add the garlic powder and ground beef to the pan of onions and cook the mixture until browned. Flavor with salt and pepper during cooking time.
When beef has been browned, add 3 tablespoons of flour to mixture one tablespoon at a time. Incorporate flour well.
Next, stir in the diced tomatoes and tomato juice. Add additional salt and pepper if needed. While stirring, turn heat up on pan to bring mixture up to a boil so as to thicken the mixture to gravy like consistency.
Final step is to add the 1/4 teaspoon of nutmeg while the gravy is thickening. Remember, it's the nutmeg that gives this gravy its unique flavor.
Serve the gravy over toast only: not biscuits. Shake a little cayenne or Tabasco style sauce over your serving. You don’t have to be a sailor to love this breakfast chow.
This recipe is guaranteed to take you back to the good old days of "Haze grey and underway.”
Enjoy, Robert Johnson, FCCS (SW) USN, RET.
Thanks a LOT for the SOS recipe. I have tried a number of recipes, but they did not quite do the trick. I will try yours soon, and let you know.
I have, over the years, collected quite a few, including cook books from the WWI era and up to more recent times. However, I have not tried many because they are written for huge quantities, and a few I tried reducing didn't turn out very well.
Interestingly, the newer ones seem to use prepackaged things that seemed like making hamburger helper. The realy old ones say "start with a side of beef..." and I could not do those.
I do like reading about the food over the years though. I was an AT in a squadron, and mostly on carriers, and larger bases. So, all I had to do with the food was eating it.
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Since they've gone to the prep'd stuff, the food has gone down the tubes...I miss SOS and my all time favorite, New England Boiled Dinner w/ Mustard Sauce!
Yeah, I had a lot of the New England boiled dinner back in the day. I enjoyed the boiled cabbage that came with it.
I hope you had a chance to try this recipe. It's old school navy. FCCS, Ret.
Have to say I'm a bit more partial to the firehouse SOS versions
Is that a dig, DC2?
Thank you soooo much. My Dad used to make this and I've been looking everywhere for this version of SOS. We all loved it as a family when he would make this.
I found it on line as soon as I found what to call it. Yes brings back the first time I had it in 54. On board the Can I was on the guys always *****ed about it, but don't think they trashed much if any after chow. We all filled pots after breakfast and took to our stations for snacking with bread.
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