Cut the neep into 5cm dice. K. Recipe by: Kookie. This stew is a twist on the classic Scottish dish. Stovies are a delicious, filling, and traditional Scottish dish. Add the onions and cook until soft, but not browned, about 5 to 8 minutes. In a saucepan, combine potatoes and milk. Discover new products and recipes from Orkney's food and drink producers with our feature, Exploring Orkney's Larder. They are much too large for supermarkets but do well in our cool climate and benefit - as so many brassicas do - from a frost to sweeten and deepen the flavour. Stir again then turn off the heat, cover the pan and leave for 5 minutes. Recipes and ingredients vary widely between regions, and even families, but the dish usually consists of potatoes and onions and some form of cold meat (especially sausages … Roughly chop the onions. Season lightly, stir to mix it all together then add the remaining tatties on the top. The essential thing up here is that as many of the ingredients as possible are Orcadian. Layer over the raw potatoes and pour in the rich, beefy gravy-style liquid. Alternatively, you can mix equal quantities of flour and butter (and/or oil) together to make a paste called ‘beurre manie’. Making Stovies – for four persons. If it is, add a little extra. Hi Nicci, I've not heard of Stovies before but from the sound of it, it seems like the perfect slow cooker dish! … Get our cookbook, free, when you sign up for our newsletter. Peel and slice potatoes – the slices should be approx. Scottish Stovies (Beef and Potatoes) (23) 25 minutes. How knowing the young were, with the vegans amongst them having just as much to say about the dish as the meat-eaters. Pour stock over the potatoes, shallots and chicken. Place a Dutch oven or casserole dish on the stove over medium heat. Never was any in our house, so never had to eat them. Stir well and check the seasoning. Rosemary also writes and vlogs about whisky and is particularly interested in whisky and food matching. You can also freeze stovies in freezer-safe containers. Combine the contents of the packet with a little water until smooth. (This is similar to the English bubble and squeak recipe in that regard). Rognvald doesn’t currently grow kale but recommends using some shredded crinkly edged Savoy cabbage in its place. Defrost in the refrigerator and reheat on the stove, or simply thaw and reheat in the microwave. Slice some of the potatoes and cut the others into chunkier pieces. For the latest COVID-19 travel information and to find out what's open, click here. This recipe uses corned beef but, as you'll see, you can adapt anything to it, making it a kind of stewed bubble and squeak! Stovies is a classic combination of ingredients that have been cooked together for centuries where the staples of winter fare have been meat and root vegetables. I made it! Now you can put turnip/swede in the mix and some carrots as my partner likes it. Add just a little more salt and pepper and sufficient gravy to almost cover the ingredients. If your oven’s a traitorous lump of evil metal like mine, it’s not a bad idea to check how it’s going after five hours. Orkney is a great holiday destination for visitors of all ages. Check the seasoning then serve in bowls, with the oatcakes on the side or crumbled over, or with a bannock. Transfer to your slow cooker pot. 100-200g leftover meat, shredded (lamb or beef) 2 tblspn meat jelly. Leave the pan cooking slowly while the veg sit in the hot water for 5 minutes. ), 14 Warming Turkey Soups That Make Leftovers Feel Exciting, 21 Best Father's Day Recipes for The Grill, Family Pot Roast With Potatoes and Carrots. This will allow the additional veg to cook through but retain some bite, and the Stovies will thicken more. This really adds flavour to the potatoes as they cook. Ingredients – 3 pounds of potatoes preferably large in size as they have to be sliced. What I have learned about Stovies is that everyone has their own way of making it - some even make it with bacon pieces so why not try ham chunks? Take off the heat and add the butter to finish. Approx. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer until potatoes are tender, about 30 minutes. Stovies are traditionally made with leftover roast beef. Cook the onions in the oil in a covered pan over a very low heat until translucent and soft (you could get them cooking while preparing the rest of the ingredients). Orkney.com is funded by Orkney Islands Council and Highlands and Islands Enterprise and content is further supported by the Scottish Government and the European Community Orkney LEADER 2014-20 programme. Serve the stovies in a deep dish or bowl with rough oatcakes and brown sauce, if you like it. Create an Account | 12 reviews. The quality of the local meat on offer in the five traditional butchers that we are lucky to have on the mainland is testament to the husbandry of the local livestock farmers. The secret of the amazing neeps is that the variety that Rognvald chooses for growing in Tankerness. After several holidays here Rosemary and her husband Nick have settled in South Ronaldsay but, once a cookery writer always a cookery writer, Rosemary is finding it impossible to stop jotting down the new recipes that she is creating with the island produce. It’s important you add lots of flavour to your onion so don’t be afraid to overcook it. Chunky, mushy, dry or liquid: everyone has their favourite way of serving Stovies, and now I’m ready to share my version, celebrating Orkney's fabulous food and drink - a contemporary Orcadian Stovies. Stovies will keep for several days, covered, in the refrigerator. Add the crumbled stock cube and then open the tin of corned beef and add one large chunky slice (about a quarter of a tin) to the potatoes and onion. Pull or cut the meat into bite-sized pieces - I like it to look more rustic than evenly shaped, cut pieces. It is in Flett’s in Stromness and Craigie’s at The Brig Larder and Williamson’s in Kirkwall, and at The Dounby Butcher that you will be able to talk cuts and choose your meat from traditional displays. Reset Password. Cookbook | Ingredients | Recipes. 800g floury potatoes, peeled and sliced 1cm thick. This is a recipe that really needs no instructions and can be made with however much you have of whatever ingredients are in your fridge and larder, providing that you have some meat, tatties and neeps: any additional ingredients are up to you and so, as with all recipes, this is just a guide but it is how I made the dish that is in the picture. Stir again then turn off the heat, cover the pan and leave for 5 minutes. Those other leftover bits often include carrots and potatoes and onions are cooked with a little bit of dark beer such as stout for flavor, along with beef or lamb stock, too. Sign up to receive our newsletter, with the latest news from our beautiful, vibrant islands and be inspired to plan your escape. Keep reading to try her recipe for yourself. Stovies is a potato and onion dish cooked in beef grease. Peel and chop onions exactly the same way. I add a tablespoon of capers at the end when I make the dish from lamb or mutton, and a splash of the bere Orkney Craft Vinegar for the beef version if I have no gravy. Stovies can also be made using a tin of corned beef, some cooked minced beef, or sausages. Try a packet of beef gravy mix. Reply. Cut the carrot into 6mm batons and finely shred the cabbage or leaves after removing any thicker stalks. 1/4" thick). Elaine P. January 01, 2017 at 9:20 am. Method . I always plan ahead and will cook a roast a day or two before Hogmanay just so that I can have stovies at the bells. It will vary from week to week and from house to house: Ask 100 Scots for the recipe, and you will get 100 different answers. The stain I was using is by zar but it's a milk chocolate brown (looks to be their darkest) and I need a dark chocolate brown/almost black. Put boiling water over the ingredients until it’s just covering them and boil. ‘You shouldn’t be serving it with pickled beetroot here in Orkney, Mum, that’s so Aberdeenshire!’. It was our introduction to Stovies, a one-pot rib sticker of a dish traditionally made with left-over meat and freshly cooked vegetables that has warmed many a Scot during the dark days of winter. At this time of year, it is the flavour-packed Setanta or Infinity, both of which are bred from the Rooster potato and do very well in Orkney. You can follow her on Twitter, Instagram and on her rosemarymoon.com and myorkneylarder.com websites. Preheat the oven to 375 F / 190 C / Gas 5. Egg yolks are a classic way to thicken salad dressings and custards, but they also work wonders for thickening rich cream sauces. Some like the dish to be a variation on mince and tatties and use mince for it, but I’m a chunkier sort of person and like the texture of left-over roast or braised meat. (This works better if you have lifted the meat or veg out of the gravy or sauce, first.) Add in the meat, making sure you include all the sticky, savoury scrapings from the roasting pan! ½ pound of left-over cooked meat. Now all you’ve got to do is cover it tightly in tinfoil and stick the whole thing in the oven for six or seven hours. ).It's a bit too thin - do I remove some of the liquid or what should I add to thicke Add the potatoes and stir them to coat and mix thoroughly with the onions. 19 reviews. Copyright © 2014 - 2020 Orkney.com. Rosemary Moon ‘retired’ to Orkney after a long association with the salmon industry in the islands. Place a Dutch oven or casserole dish on the stove over medium heat. putting on a thick layer of stain. 6. I've made a very tasty beef stew (if I do say so myself! The best thing about using left-over meat for Stovies is having some of the gravy from a roast or the liquor from a braise in the dish for extra flavour. For the lamb jus: Add the lamb stock to a pan and reduce by one third. Don't feel that you have to be restricted to the pickings from your Sunday lunch. Serve immediately, or if you like a bit of bite to your stovies, transfer to an oven-proof dish and grill at 200°C for 5 minutes to form a crispy layer on top. Our regular food blogger Rosemary Moon is showcasing her take on a classic Scottish dish this month, featuring plenty of Orcadian ingredients. 2 large onions – as above. The most usual meat for Stovies is beef, although lamb could just as easily be used. They should soften but not colour. Thicken your stew with flour. Study in Orkney to live and learn in one of the most unique locations in the UK. Stir the paste into your sauce over medium heat until the sauce thickens … The danger of tweaking a classic like Stovies is that a cook or chef can take a simple, every-day meal and start adding so many ingredients that it becomes quite removed from the dish that has been loved for generations. If using, add the beer or stout and turn the heat up and allow to boil for 2 minutes to burn the alcohol away. Cover with the lid and cook for 10 minutes. Stovies (to be made the day after a roast dinner) (serves 4) 2 tblspn dripping or butter. Think of all those leftovers, with the main constituent being the bits of meat from the roast the day before. Instructions Slice the onions and cut the potatoes into 4 cm pieces Place the dripping or fat in a pan and very gently sauté the onions. If you've got leftovers from your Sunday roast, this is a great way to use them up the next day and turn them into a totally new meal. Pleased with the result. Once all the contents of the stew are added and cooked, remove one to two cups of liquid from the stew using a cup or ladle. Once it gets to this stage you can turn the heat up a bit and stir it more regularly to finish it off. Add enough cold water to come to a few centimetres below the level of the potatoes, and season well. No wonder Orcadian shops sell so much of Rognvald's produce. Donaldson’s offer the convenience of pre-packed meat in their Kirkwall shop. 3 onions, sliced thickly. A civilisation stretching back 10,000 years has many stories to tell. Sausage stovies (11) 1 hour 40 min. As you stir the cooked tatties will start to break up and thicken the Stovies. 2. Place the carrots and kale in a large bowl and cover with boiling water after the Stovies has been cooking for 15 minutes. I cook the meat with the onions, neeps and tatties then add some batons of carrot and some shredded curly kale at the end for both texture and colour. It ticks so many boxes. Elaine Lemm is a renowned British food writer, classically trained chef, teacher, and author with over 25 years of experience writing about British food and cooking. Heat your oil in a large pan then add the onion, and cook it really well so that it gets nicely browned. My recipe uses leftover beef and the meat is the remains of Orkney beef brisket which was braised, along with tasty veg, in some of the deeply flavoured Voe ale from Swannay Brewery, a sweet hoppy oat stout. All rights reserved. The word stovies comes from the French étuves, to stew in its own juices and it is the perfect recipe for leftover roast meat. The stovies should be thick, with no liquid left in the pan. Once the potatoes are cooked, your dinner is ready. Directions/Method: Peel and slice potatoes (making slices approx. Discover what Orkney has to offer those seeking the perfect work/life balance. When I first saw the size of the local neeps on sale in Orkney's food shops such as William Shearers and The Brig Larder, as well as the many local stores throughout the county that do such a brilliant job serving the rural communities, I thought they would be as woody as railway sleepers as they were so huge! While some thicken around 140°F, others require a boiling point temperature. After 40 minutes add your sausages to the stovies. 2 medium onions (or 1 large onion, skinned and roughly diced), 1 1/2 pounds potatoes (peeled and quartered), Vegetables (any that you have leftover from the day before). Pour the liquid into a … Many But and Ben Orcadian cottages had kale yards with walls to protect the greens from the worst of the winter storms and provide leafy veg throughout the darker months. The small pieces of tattie will break up eventually and thicken the stovies. As you stir the cooked tatties will start to break up and thicken the Stovies. Which European country will inspire your culinary journey tonight? Once it’s become a thick, chunky stew, stir in the parsley and serve with oatcakes. I spoke to Rognvald Baillie, a man as passionate about his mixed farm as I am about cooking, asking him about the best tatties for Stovies. If by now the 40 minute timer has gone off just turn your stovies down to the lowest heat. Bring to the boil, cover and simmer for 15 minutes. Alive with the sights, sounds and colours of nature all year round... With many things to see and do you’ll not want to miss out! Add the lard or drippings, and melt. Enjoy! When friends invited us for leftovers on Boxing Day, I had no idea that they would be feeding us a dish that would cause such heated debate across the dining table with their own family, let alone throughout the Highlands and Northern Isles! The author of 19 cookery books and countless more recipes, including writing for Waitrose and Lakeland, she has brought journalists and food writers to Orkney in the past to show off our diverse and delicious food and drink. Look for and book late availability accommodation. Ten minutes before the end of cooking, add any leftover vegetables to suit. ¼ inch thick. If you include the beef, it can be a main dish, or it can be a side dish by omitting leftover beef. Continue cooking, uncovered for a further 2-3 minutes. The Digital Orkney project has been part financed by the Scottish Government and the European Community Orkney LEADER 2014-2020 Programme. Where you live in Scotland and what you traditionally eat for lunch on Sunday (often it's beef or lamb) will have an impact on the final recipe, too. Step 2 While potatoes are simmering, melt butter in a … Add the potatoes in layers, seasoning each layer with salt and pepper as you go, before adding the next layer. Orkney welcomes visitors from around the world and offers accommodation that suits all tastes and budgets. Step 4 – With a wooden spoon start to break down the potatoes, then add the corned beef to the potatoes with some salt and pepper, and continue to stir until the corned beef breaks down and you are left with a very very thick lumpy mashed potato consistency. Salt and pepper. When the potatoes are getting softer, add the Bisto. I think I had better stop now and share my recipe as the possibilities for Stovies really do seem endless! There are a lot of Scottish foods with meat and potatoes and stovies is one of them. Get information on Orkney's wide range of local businesses. Drain the veg (keep the water for soup stock if you wish) then gradually stir the softened veg into the pan. I love loads of vegetables in my casseroles and decided that my Stovies needs both greens and crunch. If not, you've got the makings here for a delicious stovies meal. Add a generous glass of vermouth to the dish. Add the lard or drippings, and melt. Added instan gravy granules to thicken. Should be quite thick. Not a bit of it, and Baillie’s of Tankerness, the main veg grower in Orkney, is a master grower of both the neeps and the tatties that are key ingredients of Stovies. The meat and vegetables will break up to create a thick, hearty stew-like consistency but still retain their shape. Then, add the tempered yolk mixture to the pot, whisking as you go. Starches also require heat in order to help thicken recipes. Add a little hot stock or water after about an hour or so, if liquid dries up too much. Vegetable gums (guar gum and xanthan gum) and proteins (gelatin) are also options for thickening up your recipes. The word stovies refers to stewed bits from the stove, and this stew-like recipe uses whatever you happen to have to hand on a Monday, the day after your big Sunday roast. Orkney meat is at the heart of Rosemary's take on Stovies, Some of the selection on offer at E. Flett's Butcher in Stromness, Rosemary uses chunks of left-over roast or braised meat in her recipe, Some of the fresh Orkney vegetables available in the Brig Larder in Kirkwall, Rosemary adds kale and carrots to her Stovies. 2 lbs White Potatos 1 lbs Sausages (Richmonds thick Irish Recipe sausages work well) 2 Medium Onions/1 Large Onion 4 tsp (20ml) Bisto (Gravy powder/granules) 1 Oxo Cube (Optional) Notes on ingredients Old potatos will make mushier stovies whereas newer … It's easiest to make this a day after you've had a beef roast, because you save some of the the pan drippings in the fridge, then add the beef drippings to the pan when preparing Stovies the next day. Whisk bits of the resulting paste into the hot stew where they will dissolve and disperse the flour. Had never heard of stovies until we moved to north east Scotland, seemingly a way of using up leftovers. Give a good stir and season to taste. Kale was a hero crop in Orkney long before it earned the current label of superfood for its high vitamin and mineral content and it is perfect to add to Stovies for a short cook as you stir at the end to break up the cooked potato and thicken the dish. Orkney, where time travel is a reality. Find your dream home in Orkney by searching local properties listed for sale or rent. Add the meat with some salt and pepper and stir well, then add the neeps and some of the tatties. Add the sliced potato, the stock cube, the oxo cube and about 300ml of water. To prevent the egg from scrambling, place the egg yolk in a bowl and slowly whisk in about a cup of the hot sauce.