Dinner and Breakfast…oh yes, SOS!
I was reminiscing about dinners my Mom made when I was a child… I remembered old trusty, chipped ham on toast (or SOS, as she called it). I’m sure most of you had a version of this basic but tasty dish. I decided to recreate this old classic but I wanted to fancy it up a skosh. I thought it would be really great on some thick toast instead of traditional bread. That was the ticket! I bought a one dollar loaf of italian bread at the bakery, cut it about an inch thick, and toasted it with butter in a skillet.
The only other thing I had to buy was the ham. My Mom used the really thin Carl Buddig ham, which I loved, but I wanted to find something that was maybe a little better for us. In the whole ham section of my grocery store, they have single thick sliced pieces of really good ham! And they’re only two to three dollars a piece. I know that sounds like quite a bit for one slice of ham, especially when we’re on a budget. But between the bread and ham, I only had to spend a total of four dollars on this meal. I had everything else at home already. And at the portion size we used ( which was half a piece toast per person ), we got about eight to nine servings! It was $0.50 a person! That’s pretty great.
Then the next morning… I was driving home from taking the kids to school, wondering what I should have for breakfast, and I bet you can guess what popped in my head. SOS! It’s perfect for breakfast too! And if you were really feeling froggy, you could plop a hot fried egg on top for the ultimate breakfast beast.
So you can have it for dinner, breakfast or both. It’s up to you. I hope you enjoy!
1 Italian Bread loaf from the bakery, unseasoned. Slice 1″ thick
1 cup thick sliced ham, cut into chunks
1/4 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup flour
2 cups milk
salt and pepper
Pour oil into skillet and heat over medium heat. Once hot, whisk in flour until blended. Then gradually add milk while whisking constantly. Once all blended smoothly, add ham chunks and salt and pepper to taste. I only added about 1/4 tsp of salt as the ham is plenty salty on its own. Let the mixture heat through and stir ocassionally.
Heat another skillet to medium heat, then add a sliver of butter. Once melted, place bread on top and let butter soak in. Do this with the other side of the bread as well. Brown until toasted on both sides.
Then it’s time for assembly. Place toast on a plate and put a nice scoop of gravy on top. Serve immediately and enjoy!