How To Make Stovies

If you ask 10 different people how to make stovies then you'll get 10 different recipes. This 'everyday' food is popular in homes, cafes and restaurants across the country. It was traditionally served on its own as a supper or lunch dish or alternatively accompanying cold meats. It was made with potatoes and dripping. When I was a child we used to have it on a Monday and my Mum would use the leftover lamb or beef from the Sunday Roast. Everyone has their own preference as to what meat is included.

If we didn't have enough money for beef or lamb them we have have corned beef or sausage stovies, and it's these you'll still often find today, Do, however try some of the other traditional savoury dishes such Scotch Pies or the Forfar Bridie, or the famous Scotch Eggs or Lorne (or sliced) Sausage which you could serve with Potato (or Tatty) Scones.

By the way, if you would like to share a Scottish Recipe with others on this site please contribute HERE.

This lovely recipe and many more can be downloaded in my handy ebook, simply save to your phone and take with you everywhere! Each beautifully illustrated recipe tells a story and will both teach and entertain you. Click here to find out more.

But back to how to make stovies - here's the first example, and my own personal favourite of how to make stovies:-

How to Make Stovies (with Lamb)


4 oz cooked diced cooked lamb
1.5 lb sliced potatoes
1 large onion, peeled and sliced
1 tbs dripping
10 fl oz beef stock
salt and pepper to taste


  • Melt the dripping in a large pot.

  • Melt the onions gently until soft.

  • Add the lamb and season.

  • Add the sliced potatoes evenly layer on layer.

  • Cover with stock.

  • Bake in oven 375 degrees for around 45 - 50 minutes, until liquid is absorbed and potatoes are browning.

How to make stovies.

How to make Stovies

How to Make Stovies (with Corned Beef)


3 lbs of potatoes
4 ounces beef dripping
1 large onion
1 can of chopped corned beef
2-3 tablespoons water
1 beef stock cube
salt and pepper(to taste)


  • Melt the dripping and fry the onions in a large pan until soft.

  • Peel and slice the potatoes (about 1/4" thick).

  • Rinse the starch out of the potatoes before adding to the pot.

  • Dissolve the stock cube in the water and add to the pan.

  • Cover and cook the potatoes on a medium heat for approx 40-45 mins.

  • Stir occasionally.

  • When the potatoes are soft, add the corned beef and stir vigorously granules to brown and season.

As I said if you asked someone else how to make stovies, they might suggest this recipe.

How to Make Stovies (with Sausages)


2 lb Potatoes
1 lb Onions
1 lb Sausages
1 Tsp Sage
1 Tsp Thyme
2 Beef Stock Cubes
Salt and Pepper


  • Peel and slice the potatoes and peel and chop the onions.

  • Dice the sausages.

  • In a baking dish put a layer of potatoes, a layer of onions and a layer of sausage.

  • Season to taste and sprinkle over half the herbs.

  • Continue the layers until you have used up all the ingredients, ending with a layer of potatoes.

  • Sprinkle on the rest of the herbs.

  • Dissolve the stock cubes in 1 pint of hot water and pour into the baking dish.

  • Bake in a medium oven, 350F, for 40 minutes.
See also the following recipes:-

Easter Sunday Menu - Have a look at the recipes I've chosen for Easter Sunday - Cream of Carrot & Coriander Soup, Roast Lamb, followed by profiteroles.
Valentine's Meal - Try the recipes I've chosen for Valentine's Day - starting with Smoked Salmon Mousse followed by Steak in a Whisky and Pepper Sauce, and finishing with a delicious Chocolate Cream.
Mothers' Day - A simple menu of Cottage Pie followed by rhubarb crumble.
Christmas Cake - Do try this recipe for a traditional Christmas cake.
Black Bun - This is traditionally served at Hogmanay when bringing in the New Year.
Clootie Dumpling - This rich and traditional dish is a favourite all year round but especially at Christmas time.
Christmas Pudding - This traditional pudding is usually served on Christmas day throughout the UK as well as Scotland.
Cullen Skink - This famous fish soup is made with smoked haddock.
Trout in oatmeal - This traditional and famous dish made with local ingredients.
Roast Turkey - This simple recipe will be ideal for Christmas or Thanksgiving.
Roast Venison - Make Christmas, Thanksgiving or other celebration special by serving roast venison to your guests.
Best Scone Recipes - Try the plain, fruit or the cheese scones.
Famous Shortbread Recipes - Have a look at some variations of shortbread recipes.
Haggis - Try this world-famous dish.
Pretend Haggis. If you can't face the 'real' thing, try this easy-to-make pretend haggis recipe.
Forfar Bridie - Try this filling meat 'pastie'.
Raspberry Recipes - See what you can do with a punnet of delicious raspberries, including the famous dessert, Crannachan.
Scotch Broth - See the recipe for hearty Scotch Broth.
Scotch Eggs - A simple recipe for you to try. Can be served hot or cold.
Scotch Pancakes - A quick, inexpensive treat for your guests.
Potato Scones - Serve Potato (or tattie) scone as part of the traditional Scottish Breakfast.
Tablet - Indulge in this delicious, but sweet Scottish confectionery.
Scottish Leek Soup Recipes - Try these two famous Scottish Leek Soup Recipes.
Scottish Lorne Sausages - Try this everyday dish for breakfast, lunch or dinner.
Scotch Pies - This Traditional pie is made with mutton or lamb.
Traditional Fish and Chips in Batter. - If you're visiting Scotland - do try this from a good Fish and Chip Shop. But if you want to make it yourself, here's the recipe. Serve with 'mushy' peas.
Tipsy Laird - This delicious whisky trifle (similar to sherry trifle) is traditionally served at a Burns Supper.
Porridge - Try a bowl of this famous Scottish breakfast dish.
Savoury Mince Pie - This delicious but simple pie is served in households across Scotland.
Salmon Patties - A variation on the Fish Cake - but using Scottish oats.
Burns Supper - Learn a bit more about a Burns Supper and get the Menu and recipe for Haggis, chappit potatoes and bashed neeps.
Hogmanay - See how we bring in the New Year in Scotland.
Traditional Scottish Christmas - Have a look at some Scottish Christmas traditions.

Also look at some of the recipes contributed by visitors to this site.
Grandma Wright's Clootie Dumpling, Mince and Tatties, Quick Microwave Christmas Pudding, Cup of Tea Cake, Scottish Recipe against a Sore Throat, Gaelic Coffee, Mealy Potatoes, Scot's Pepper Pleasure Boat

Return from How to make stovies to Scottish Food

Go back to Home Page

Click the crown button to go back to the top of this page
How To Make Stovies

Available from Scotlands Enchanting Kindom

Contact Updates Home Page

Advertise with us!

Advertise with us!

Sign up in the form below for my Ezine/Newsletter called "Proclamation from the Kingdom" and receive a free gift - a mini Scottish recipes ebook.

Enter your
Email Address

Enter you


Don't worry
your e-mail address
is totally secure.
I promise to use it only
to send you
"Proclamation from the Kingdom".

Translate this page

Protected by Copyscape Online Plagiarism Software

Search this site or the web powered by FreeFind

Site search Web search