Creamed Chipped Beef on Toast, also known as “S.O.S.” or “Shit on a Shingle,” is a comforting and nostalgic dish that has been enjoyed for generations. It typically consists of thin slices of dried beef cooked in a creamy white sauce, served over toasted bread. Here’s a brief description of this classic dish:

First, thin slices of dried beef are rinsed to remove excess saltiness, then cut into small pieces or strips. These pieces are then cooked in a creamy white sauce made from a roux (a mixture of flour and fat) and milk or cream. The sauce is seasoned with black pepper and sometimes a pinch of cayenne pepper for added flavor and heat.

While the beef and sauce are cooking, slices of bread are toasted until golden brown and crisp. Once the beef is cooked and the sauce has thickened, the creamy mixture is spooned generously over the toasted bread.

Creamed Chipped Beef on Toast is often served as a hearty breakfast or brunch dish, but it can also be enjoyed as a comforting meal any time of day. It’s warm, savory, and satisfying, making it a beloved comfort food classic.


  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 cups warm milk
  • 1 (8 ounce) jar dried beef
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper


1: In a medium saucepan over low heat, melt butter. Whisk in flour all at once to form a roux.
2: Whisk in milk, a little at a time, increase heat to medium-high, and cook, stirring, until thickened.
3: Bring to a boil, stir in beef and cayenne, heat through and serve over toast.

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