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Scottish Stovies with fork

Slow Cooker Scottish Stovies

Janice Pattie
Slow Cooker Scottish Stovies is a traditional ‘stoved’ potato recipe adapted or the Slow Cooker.  Chunks of potato cook slowly with sliced onions, seasoned with a savoury beef flavour. 
4.8 from 10 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 3 hrs
Course Side Dish
Cuisine British, Scottish
Servings 4
Calories 190 kcal


  • 900 g Potatoes
  • 2 onions
  • 20 g solid vegetable fat or beef dripping
  • 1 Beef stock cube if using vegetable fat
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 30 ml water


  • Slice the onions and cut the potatoes into 4 cm pieces
  • Place the dripping or fat in a pan and very gently sauté the onions. They should soften but not colour.
  • Add the potatoes and stir them to coat and mix thoroughly with the onions.
  • Transfer to your slow cooker pot.
  • Grind up stock cube (if using) with salt, sprinkle over the potatoes and onions in the slow cooker.
  • Pour over the water, don't be tempted to add more, 30 ml is all you need) put on the lid and cook for 1 hour 15 minutes on HIGH, then 1 hour 15 minutes on LOW.
  • When the potatoes are cooked, take a wooden spoon and roughly break up the potatoes. You want to retain chunks of potato but roughen up the edges.


If you have a slow cooker pot that can go on the stove, you can saute the onions in the pot rather than using a separate pan. 
Once the Scottish Stovies are ready, you can serve as a side dish or add leftover meat or vegetables to the potatoes and serve as a main meal. 


Calories: 190kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 7gFat: 4gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 882mgPotassium: 1010mgFiber: 7gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 125IUVitamin C: 30mgCalcium: 80mgIron: 7mg
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