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Scottish Beef Stovies Recipe

In The Winter Sea by Susanna Kearsley, Carrie, the main character is served a roast of beef with carrots and roasted potatoes. I found a recipe for Stovies, which is described as a classic Scottish dish which makes use of leftovers (meat, fat, vegetables) to create an entirely new dish. For this recipe I used leftover pot roast and added carrots to make it more like the meal Carrie was served. I also increased the amount of meat significantly because it was what I had leftover, and the amount seemed to be just right.

Adapted from The Scottish Kitchen by Christopher Trotter

Prep: 25 minutes | Cook: 50 minutes | Serves: 4



  • 2 tablespoons drippings (meat dripping or lard)
  • 1 large onion, peeled and sliced
  • 1/2 pound of cooked beef, diced
  • 1 1/2 pounds of potatoes, sliced
  • 4 medium sized carrots, sliced
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • 2 cups beef stock


  1. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  2. Melt the drippings in a large pan, add the onion and cook gently to soften and lightly brown.
  3. In a casserole dish, layer first the sliced potatoes and carrots, then the meat and lastly the onions, seasoning as you go. Add the stock to cover.
  4. Cook in the oven for about 50 minutes, until the liquid is absorbed and the edges of the potatoes are browned.

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