So stovies are a very traditional Scottish dish. This is proper warming fuel food for sustaining farmers on a cold day. So let that be a warning that it is very calorific. Stovies varies around the place but this is how we make it around Aberdeenshire. The photo of my finished version is pretty unappealing. I used gravy granules and too much gravy at that so it doesn't look as good as it usually would. It still, however, tasted very fine! This dish is something we will quite often make to use up left over roast beef from a Sunday dinner. As you can see, I am not in my own house. My Mum has taken my Dad to Geneva for his birthday so we are house- and dog- sitting for a few days. And before they left Mum made a birthday dinner of roast beef so we have all the lovely leftovers to ourselves.
Stovies is served around these parts with oatcakes and pickled beetroot.
A friend of mine was buying me lunch one day in a cafe and I told her I would like some stovies with beetroot. She thought the beetroot was just something weird I did and was a bit taken aback when the waitress offered her beetroot with her stovies as if reading her mind.
Anyway, here's how to make it (I don't think there is an actual recipe for the stuff as everyone makes it differently and just bungs together what they have so no quantities or timings given) -
So you need some tatties, an onion or two, your leftover roast beef, some beef dripping and your leftover gravy (we had no leftover gravy so I used gravy granules and made up some quick gravy, but obviously it's better with homemade gravy or beef stock). You can obviously use any fat you prefer but beef dripping gives the best flavour by far.
Melt the dripping in a large pan, Peel and cut your tatties into slices of about £1 coin thickness, chop the onions. Throw into the pan and leave covered on a low heat, stirring every now and then until the tatties become translucent and soft.
Chop your beef into bite sized pieces. I like my stovies chunkier than this usually but I cut everything up smaller for the kids if I'm feeding them too. As you can see, my parents like their meat well cooked!
Serve hot with the beetroot and oatcakes and a steaming cup of tea. Mmmmmm.