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
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.