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Philosopher's stew (Dutch: filosoof) is a dish from the Netherlands. It is an oven dish made of beef, potatoes, onions and apples.



  1. Cut the meat into small pieces (about 5 mm).
  2. Heat the frying fat or butter in a frying pan or a small wok. Fry the onions until the are golden brown. Put the onions aside.
  3. Put a layer after layer of potatoes, meat and onions on top of each other in an oven-proof dish. Season each layer of potatoes with salt, pepper and nutmeg. Make sure the top layer consists of potatoes.
  4. Pour the gravy over the top layer and scatter the bread crumbs over it all.
  5. Put some lumps of butter here and there.
  6. Pre-heat the oven until 200°C . Cook the dish for about 30 minutes.
  7. Serve immediately with the apple compôte

Notes, tips, and variationsEdit

  • The taste improves if you let the dish rest for a while in the fridge before putting it in the oven.