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Chipped Beef on Toast

Anyone who served in the military might wonder why I’d post a chipped beef on toast recipe. It’s  a standard Army breakfast which was not particularly liked my most soldiers. The Army served hearty breakfasts – eggs, toast, potatoes, grits, sausage/ham/bacon, hot and cold cereal, etc. and also chipped beef on toast. I’d never seen it until I began basic training. No one told me that I wasn’t supposed to like S.O.S. (a nickname that any ex-military understands) so not knowing any better, I actually liked it.
Me in basic training at Fort Gordon, Georgia where I first had S.O.S.

It’s a pretty simple recipe (similar in style to biscuits and gravy) and you’ll either love it or hate it. I happen to love it. Chipped beef is beef that’s ground, formed and sliced something like salami or baloney but very salty. You can also eat it plain on a sandwich or fried with eggs.

Chipped Beef on Toast     

Chipped Beef on Toast
  • 3 tbsp. butter
  • 3 tbsp. all-purpose flour
  • Black pepper
  • Paprika – optional
  • 2 cups milk
  • 7 – 8 oz. chipped (dried) beef
  • 4 slices of toast
Melt the butter in a heavy pan over low heat. Add the flour and make a roux. Stir until slightly darkened. Add pepper and paprika, if using. Stir constantly until smooth. Add the milk, stirring to avoid lumps. Cook until the gravy is smooth.Chipped Beef on Toast

Chipped Beef on Toast

Chipped Beef on Toast
Slice the meat into 1 ½ inch long strips. Rinse in running  water to remove excess salt and drain. Mix it into the cream sauce and stir. Since the meat is so salty you probably won’t need to add any more. Serve it over toasted bread.

Chipped Beef on Toast

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Breakfast at the Saratoga Race Track

Breakfast at the Saratoga Race Track


We got to the track toward the end of the racing season and spent the day there starting with breakfast – an elaborate buffet set up in THE PORCH at track-side. We could watch the horses getting an early morning workout as we ate.

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Grits, Hash and Eggs

Grits, Hash and Eggs


After a $50 breakfast and losing every bet we made, we had hot dogs for lunch.


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