Who wants some shit for dinner? Shit on a shingle to be exact.
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Not a lot of people will talk about their dinner as shit and then proceed to post it on a food blog. But today let’s have a little visit to a place in the United States called the northeast.
I just got back from a vacation with my mom to visit family in Delaware. Lots of fun, but it was definitely too short and I am definitely not ready to return to reality. I am now back home and about the start a new, busy semester. My only way to to console myself is to make myself some northeastern food in my own kitchen (pity party with a RSVP for one). Then eat it while I sadly prep lectures, read articles, and write papers.
The northeast is home to my wonderful family and a wonderful array of foods we don’t eat that much in the south. Cheesesteaks, subs, scrapple, and SOS to name a few. I love when my parents introduce me to a childhood dish- I get the best of both of our culinary worlds. North meets south.
My parents culinary home is the land of shit on a shingle and scrapple. Mmm.
S.O.S is basically a different version of the south’s biscuits and gravy. Instead, you use chipped beef (or any other dried meat) in the gravy and smear it over toast. Simple, quick, and easy.
Perhaps the Civil War could have ended sooner if they all shared a plate of S.O.S and biscuits and gravy together?
And yes, you could call this dish by it’s more kid-friendly names like Stew on a Shingle or Same Old Stuff, but where is the fun in that? Then you can’t say you ate shit for dinner, and that is a huge part of the appeal of this dish for my inner childishness.
S.O.S: SHIT ON A SHINGLE
From Cinnamon Freud
4-6 ounces chipped beef, rinsed and chopped
1 tablespoon butter
1/2 cup all purpose flour
2 cups milk
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
Salt and pepper, to taste
Melt butter in a small saucepan (Feel free to add more butter but the recipe will work with this amount) over medium heat. Whisk in flour and 1/2 cup of milk. Cook for 1-3 minutes, stirring occasionally. Increase heat to medium high and whisk in remaining milk. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly. Stir in chipped beef and Worcestershire. Cook for 3-5 minutes, until sauce is thickened to your liking. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Serve over toast.