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Stovies containing beef.jpg
Place of originScotland
Main ingredientsPotatoes, often onions, meat

Stovies (also stovy tatties, stoved potatoes, stovers or stovocks)[1][2][3] is a Scottish dish based on potatoes. Recipes and ingredients vary widely but the dish contains potatoes, fat, usually [1] onions and often [1][2] pieces of meat. In some versions, other vegetables may also be added.[4]

The potatoes are cooked by slow stewing in a closed pot with fat (lard, beef dripping or butter may be used)[1][5] and often a small amount of water[1] or sometimes other liquids, such as milk, stock or meat jelly.[1][4] Stovies may be served accompanied by cold meat[1] or oatcakes[6][7][8][9][10] and, sometimes, with pickled beetroot.[11][12]

"To stove" means "to stew" in Scots.[2][13][3] The term is from the French adjective étuvé[1] which translates as braised.[14][15] Versions without meat may be termed barfit and those with meat as high-heelers.[3]

Home-made stovies, with the unusual addition of peas
Stovies with beef leftovers and oatcakes

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  1. ^ a b c d e f g h McNeill, F. Marian (1929). The Scots Kitchen.
  2. ^ a b c The Concise Scots Dictionary, p675, Mairi Robinson (editor) (1985)
  3. ^ a b c "Stove". Archived from the original on 26 September 2007. Retrieved 4 November 2021.
  4. ^ a b Maw Broon (2007). Maw Broon's Cookbook. Waverley Books; (18 Oct 2007) ISBN 1-902407-45-8, p18, 19
  5. ^ S.W.R.I. (1977). S.W.R.I. Jubilee Cookery Book. Edinburgh: Scottish Women's Rural Institutes; Reprint of 8th Edition (1968), p60
  6. ^ Humphreys, Rob; Reid, Donald (7 February 2004). The Rough Guide to Scottish Highlands & Islands. Rough Guides. ISBN 9781843532699 – via Google Books.
  7. ^ Cameron, David Kerr (3 March 2016). Willie Gavin, Crofter Man: A Portrait of a Vanished Lifestyle. Birlinn. ISBN 9780857903297 – via Google Books.
  8. ^ Lee, Rachel. "Forres Academy welcomes all to celebrate with special 50th anniversary ceilidh".
  9. ^ "Watch Glen Moray's Graham Coull take on a box of oatcakes". 31 July 2018.
  10. ^ Mason, Callum (10 October 2016). "Scots chef becomes internet sensation with hilarious recipe videos".
  11. ^ Fladmark, J. M. (7 February 1998). In Search of Heritage: As Pilgrim Or Tourist?. Donhead. ISBN 9781873394243 – via Google Books.
  12. ^ Silva, Ana Da. "Restaurant Review: Treasure trove of tasty treats at Howies, Aberdeen".
  13. ^ "Dictionary of the Scots Language :: DOST :: Stove v."
  14. ^ "étuvée - translate French to English: Cambridge Dictionary".
  15. ^ "English Translation of "étuvée" - Collins French-English Dictionary".