Wednesday, 29 June 2011

RECIPE - Stovies

On Monday I decided to do some roast beef. It was quite a big joint - more than enough for the 2 of us at home, so I ended up with plenty leftovers. Last night I decided to make Slimming World friendly stovies. I tweeted about them, and got a few questions about what they were, so here it is people!

Stovies is a traditional Scottish recipe, of which there are many variations depending on who you speak to. The one I did yesterday was made with leftover shredded roast beef from my roast, but you can also use corned beef, mince or even sausages (obviously taking into account the syns if you're doing Slimming World). They're also meant to be made using some form of fat (butter, lard, beef dripping, etc.) However as I was doing a Slimming World recipe I didn't add any fat at all, and still really enjoyed them.

Traditionally stovies only consist of potatoes, onion, gravy and meat. However I also added a lot of carrot, to get it to the one third superfree required for Extra Easy, and added some petit pois for the last 5 minutes of cooking to get an extra super speed food in! Obviously you can play around with the vegetables you use depending on your tastes. I think it would also taste lovely with cubed swede or chopped leeks.

4 large potatoes, chopped into small chunks
4 large carrots, sliced
2 onions, finely sliced
Leftover roast beef, shredded
Leftover syn free gravy (if avail, otherwise use more stock)
1 beef stock cube
4 cloves garlic, crushed
Handful of petit pois
Salt & Pepper

  1. Add everything to a large pot, except the petit pois, and add small amount of water (it isn't drained, so just add the minimum you need)
  2. Bring to the boil, then turn down to a simmer and cover.
  3. Cook for 45-50 minutes stirring regularly. The potatoes should start falling apart and mixing with everything else. If it starts to get too dry add a splash of water
  4. Add petit pois for the last 5 minutes just to heat through
  5. Serve - it looks like a dog's dinner but is delicious, and only one pot to wash up!