Scottish stovies served in a bowl

Scottish stovies

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Prep: 20 mins Cook: 1 hr, 30 mins


Serves 4-6

Adapt our take on this traditional Scottish stew to your liking. Try it with a leftover roast, sausage, minced beef or corned beef. Serve with oatcakes or crusty bread

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: Per serving (6)

  • kcal418
  • fat23g
  • saturates10g
  • carbs23g
  • sugars6g
  • fibre4g
  • protein28g
  • salt0.42g
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  • 30g lard or butter



    Butter is a dairy product made from separating whole milk or cream into fat and…

  • 1 onion, finely chopped



    Onions are endlessly versatile and an essential ingredient in countless recipes. Native to Asia…

  • ½ swede, peeled and cut into 2cm cubes (400g prepped weight)
    Two slices of swede



    A member of the cabbage family, the swede is often confused with the turnip, though they look…

  • 2 large carrots, peeled and cut into 2cm cubes



    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

  • 1 celery stick, finely chopped



    A collection of long, thick, juicy stalks around a central, tender heart, celery ranges in…

  • 500g leftover roast meat (lamb or beef), or corned beef, cubed
  • 700g potatoes, peeled and cut in to 3cm cubes



    The world's favourite root vegetable, the potato comes in innumerable varieties. A member of…

  • 500ml beef or lamb stock
  • oatcakes or crusty bread, to serve


  1. Heat the lard or butter in a medium sized saucepan. Add the onion and fry for 10 mins over a low-medium heat until softened. Add the swede, carrot and celery and fry for 5 mins. 

  2. Stir in the meat, if using leftover roast lamb or beef, then the potatoes. Pour over the stock and season generously, bring to the boil, then turn the heat down to a simmer. Cook covered for 1 hr 30 mins or until the vegetables have softened and the potatoes have broken down completely. If you’re using corned beef, add this to the pan 20 mins before the end of cooking. Serve with oatcakes, or crusty bread

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Sianan Hollow's picture
Sianan Hollow
5th Jun, 2020
Where’s the slice (lorne sausage)? This is only half of the ingredients my gran used also not how it’s usually prepared!
Imahighlander's picture
19th Feb, 2020
This is not Scottish stovies, not even close. Please do not mislead people with recipe names are not authentic to the actual recipe.
20th Jan, 2020
Not stovies! I've no idea what you could call this, but it isn't stovies, which is more similar to a potato dauphinoise, in that it shouldn't be disturbed whilst cooking. It should also be simpler, so not so many veg (which is why it is usually served with green veg or beans on the side). A tasty enough way to use left overs if you can't be bothered with doing it properly though.
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Nicola Stoddart
4th Jan, 2020
These are NOT stovies.
Cathy J
3rd Jan, 2020
We made this for our Hogmanay party as a reviver after the midnight bells. We used corned beef and I was quite cynical about it all, but, served with lashings of brown sauce, it went down a storm and revived everyone so much they stayed till 4am!!
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