February 20, 2017

A Recipe for Beef Collops

for Collop Monday, the day before Shrove Tuesday

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The start of Lent is Ash Wednesday; the period of forty days of abstinence commemorating Christ’s forty days in the wilderness. The word Lent comes from the Anglo-Saxon word “lengentide”, the lengthening of the days. Pancake Day, Shrove Tuesday, is the day before Ash Wednesday. Shrove Tuesday is the final day of Shrovetide, a festival period, when all sorts of feasting and pranks would occur. The day before Shrove Tuesday is Collop Monday.

Collop Monday was the last opportunity for eating meat before the onset of Lent. Collops, a word with Scandinavian origins, means a slice of meat. Hence this simple dish of Beef Collops.

A Recipe for Beef Collops

A Recipe for Beef Collops

Beef Collops

Course Main Course
Cuisine English
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 1 person


  • 450 g fillet steak
  • 40 g butter
  • 1 small onion or shallot grated
  • 1 tsp flour
  • 1 clove garlic crushed
  • 150 ml beef stock
  • 25 ml red wine


  1. Slice the beef into thin slices

  2. Heat the butter in a frying pan and add the onion and garlic, cook for a couple of minutes before adding the the flour. Cook for a further minute.

  3. Add the meat, stock and red wine. Cook for 15 minutes, stirring occassionally. Optionally a handful of fresh peas could be added. Season and serve.

  4. Fried bread makes for a fine accompniment.

Recipe Notes

From A Calendar of Feasts by Julia Jones and Barbara Deer

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