It might not sound like fun to you, but you should know my grandma. She doesn't know a stranger and will have a half dozen new friends by the time I get her. Plus they have coffee, food and books. What more do you need?! Usually she is sad that I am ready to go already. I don't think she has ever once been anxious for me to come get her. Usually she has a handful of treasures from Michael's and a handful of books. One time a couple of years ago she had a couple of handcarts piled up and waiting for me at Barnes and Noble. No kidding! She had Christmas darn near wrapped up with all the games and books she couldn't pass up.
It is tradition on these trips to discuss what we are making for dinner on the way home. We both mentally walk through our refrigerators and pantries and decide what we are going to throw together. Last time, she had finally decided on making salmon patties if she had the salmon. I got a phone call later that night saying she did not have the salmon so she ended up making (cover little eyes here!) shit on a shingle. I thought she was making a joke and told her "oh no! poor grandpa!" It turns out that "SOS" is a real thing and not just her being funny.
Her mom made it for their family when she was growing up. She makes it sometimes still, including one day last week! My parents were talking about it this weekend. They thought it was funny I didn't know what she was talking about, because apparently they made it for me when I was little too. Who knew?
SOS is basically just chipped beef in a cream sauce served over toast (the shingle). It seems to normally be served just like that. My mom and grandma both put peas in theirs. My dad said when he made it in college he would add a can of mixed vegetables. I don't remember eating it growing up, but now I am intrigued. Shit on a shingle it is!
2 T butter
2 T flour
1 cup milk
1 pkg chipped beef, chopped
1/2 cup frozen peas, thawed
Pepper to taste
- Melt butter in a skillet. Stir in flour and cook for a minute or two
- Whisk in milk until smooth. Cook over medium low heat until it starts to thicken
- Stir in peas and beef and cook until just warm
- Serve over toast