Lobscouse casserole recipe

Spezzatino di manzo con patate e alloro
With its all-pervasiove flavour and smell, this Lobscouse casserole recipe is a dish to make you appreciate laurels.

This is basically a Nordic recipe of the kind that makes every Dane think about childhood dinners, gradma’s kitchen and long cosy evenings indoors. The memories are stirred by the smell of laurels – lots of laurels – and with a newly planted laurel bush/tree in front of my Italian kitchen door, I can’t resist the national inheritance or the temptation to make a really nice, homey dinner.

The taste is distinctly clean and addictive, even when served without the mandatory brown bread and pickled beetroots.

500 g stewing beef, chopped
100 g bacon
700 g starchy potatoes
2 onions
1 tbsp black pepper corns
7-10 laurels
1 ltr beef stock
Olive oil
2-3 tbsp butter

Peel the potatos and cut them roughly.
Peel and slice the onions.
Cut bacon finely and fry it in oil without changing the colour.
Add beef and sliced onion and fry gently.
Add peppercorns, laurels and potatoes. The amount of laurel may have to be adjusted, as fresh leaves taste of less than dried ones, but the smell and taste should be nice and all-pervasive.
Pour beef stock over the ingredients, cover the casserole under lid and leave it to simmer over low heat for 1-3 hours depending on the quality of the beef. Don’t let it boil dry.
The dish is ready when the meat falls apart and the potatoes seem woolly around the edges and about to turn into mash.
Heat up the casserole just before serving. Then add salt and enough butter to make the sauce rich golden and creamy.

Other stews and casseroles

Spring beef stew

Simple chicken stew with lemon and rosemary

Friuli lamb stew

Lobscouse casserole recipe

3 replies
  1. Turkey's For Life
    Turkey's For Life says:

    Wow, bizarre. This dish is traditional to my hometown, Wigan, in northwest England and the two towns either side of it. No one else really eats it. Had heard of a German connection before but not Nordic. Isn’t food history fascinating? :)

    • admin
      admin says:

      Well, I wouldn’t be surprised if this dish dates back to the viking, who I suppose have visited Wigan at some point. There’s is certainly something brutal and adventurous about it.


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