This is an official Marine Corps recipe.

Chef Noah H. Belew

Upon joining the United States Marine Corps in the early 1940s, I was introduced to a breakfast dish that I had never had before. It's called Chopped Beef on White Toast. Most of us called it S.O.S.

Recipe Ingredients

1 1/2 pounds extra lean hamburger or ground chuck

2 tablespoons oleo or butter

1 cup chopped onion

3 tablespoons flour

2 teaspoons granulated garlic

2 tablespoons soy sauce (or less to taste)

1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

2 cups milk

Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Brown meat; add butter and stir. Add onions and cook until you can see through them.
  2. Add flour, stir and cook for two or three minutes.
  3. Add garlic, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, salt and pepper. Mix thoroughly.
  4. Add milk and stir until thickens.
  5. Serve over toast or biscuit.

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