Thursday, 23 October 2008

Recipe - Scottish Casserole | Recept - Skottegryta

Talk about a trip down memory lane. This was a attempt to recreate a dish they used to serve for lunch at school when I was a kid. Yes, they did actually have things like kitchens and stuff when I was a kid. ;)

This is called Scottish Casserole, Skottegryta in Swedish, and I guess it was a reference to the notion that the Scots are known for being a bit tight on the money as this is a very frugal dish. These days we all know that it is just a national stereotype that the Scottish are tight bastards. *Nods towards Mr Lynch, a very nice and generous manager of Scottish descent* :)

I searched for a recipe for this dish on Google but all I could find was people posting that they couldn't find a recipe for it. Helpful, really helpful. So I had to try and remember what it tasted like and then figure out how to cook it.

So, this is what I came up with. Use it as a base and then work from there. I could almost say, freestyle it.

Ingredients (serves 2 -4)
400ml beef stock
500g beef mince
1kg potatoes, peeled and cut into 3mm slices
1 onion, halved and thinly sliced
Olive oil
Pickled gherkins, sliced

Preheat the oven to 200c.

Heat the oil in a frying pan and fry the seasoned mince until nicely browned.

Grease an ovenproof dish with butter.

Layer the potato slices,onion and mince in the buttered dish - finishing with a layer of potatoes. Pour the beef stock over it all.

Place the tray in the middle of the oven and cook for 60 - 75 minutes or until the potatoes are nice and soft and cooked to your liking.

Serve with sliced gherkins.



  1. We never had anything like this when I was growing up! This looks good.


  2. I do believe that there might be one or two culinary, as well as cultural, differences between where you and me grew up. ;)

    It's a good casserole though, give it a go and see what you think.

    // Mike

  3. Aldrig sett eller hört talas om något liknande! Låter ju ganska gott!

  4. Sitter och letar efter recept på min favvo rätt från mellanstadiet. Skall testa ditt recept. Tusen tack


  5. Emma,

    Skoj att du hittade hit. Jag hoppas att receptet funkade ok for dig?

    Jag vet inte om det har kanske var nagot som kallades for olika saker runt om i landet men jag ar fortfarande ganska forvanad att det inte finns fler recept pa natet.

    // Mike


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