The Original USN recipe did not use Tomato Juice. I must have been lucky, because we had Chipped Beef up to the time I retired in 1987. We used to make this regularly until eating gluten became a problem. I had some Gluten Free Batter/Coating Mix I ordered from Two Rivers Bakery that I used instead of flour, and it was better then I remembered. Going back on the Breakfast Menu served over potatoes
In the late 50s, early 60s, the Navy did away with Creamed Chipped Beef in many commands/ships as it was the most expensive breakfast served. It was replaced with this "Navy Red SOS" and most of the guys I knew loved it. Hangovers never kept guys from the chow hall if they knew this was being served...True blast from the past. I made it exactly to this recipe and it sure tasted like what I remember.
We all enjoyed this. It was simple to make and tasted good too. DH said it was better the second day for lunch. I served this with hash brown patties. We found this was very tasty over the patties rather than the toast and next time I may skip the toast all together and maybe serve it with the patties and some biscuts. I bet this would be great on mash or as astuffing for a baked potato. I'll be making this again. Thanks for posting.
This brings back memories...this was the only breakfast food worth eating on any of my ships I was on. This also goes great with shredded hash browns. I made it tonight 11/9/06 and put it on Texas Toast...it was fab. I hate modifying other people's recipes, but I only used one onion...it was a large one, so I guess it could count as two....since I had lean sirloin, I put bacon in it as well. I'll take the rest to lunch tomorrow....
This was one of the better meals we were served, only out done by Creamed Chipped Beef over toast, while I was in the U.S Navy station at Naval Station Bermuda from 1957 to 1959. To us, stationed there, this was the original SOS, and the Chipped Beef was refered to as "foreskins over toast." This meal would be good not only for breakfast, as served by the Navy, but would make a good and easy meal for dinner or anytime. Real great taste and filling.
Diced tomatoes in puree rather than in juice require less flour for thickening