Fife miners stew

Make this gorgeous slow-cooked Scottish beef stew with tender meat and chunky vegetables
By Sue Lawrence
Fife miners stew
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  • Serves: Serves: 4 hungry miners
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  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Effort: easy


  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 large onion, peeled and chopped
  • 2 fat cloves garlic, peeled and chopped
  • 2 tbsp plain flour, seasoned
  • 1 kg stewing steak, diced
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 4 thicklarge carrots, peeled and cut into huge chunks
  • 4 thick large parsnips, peeled and cut into huge chunks
  • 200 ml red wine
  • 300 ml beef stock
  • 1 small orange, zest only
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

Tips and Suggestions

For about a century, until the 1970s, this dish was a tradition in most Fife miners' homes for a late Sunday breakfast after church, their only day off. This recipe is a little more elaborate than the original - serve it with scones, mash or baked potatoes.


1. Preheat the oven to 150ºC. Heat the oil in a large flameproof casserole then gently fry the onion and garlic for a couple of minutes, or until softened.

2. Place the flour in a large plastic bag, add the meat and toss around to coat. Tip into the casserole with all the remaining ingredients. Stir, bring to the boil then cover. Place in the oven for 4 hours, stirring once. Season to taste, then serve ideally with soda scones.

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