Potted Beef


Old-fashioned potted meat is made out of cooked beef passed through a food grinder and mixed with clarified butter. It is great on toast. This recipe was invented to be kept for long periods of time unrefrigerated, but in practice, it must be kept in the refrigerator and used within a week. Other kinds of meat may be used instead of beef.

Prep Time:
30 mins
Cook Time:
2 hrs
Total Time:
2 hrs 30 mins


  • 1 pound beef stew meat, cut into 1/2 inch pieces

  • ¼ pound butter

  • salt to taste

  • ground black pepper to taste

  • paprika to taste

  • ground nutmeg to taste


  1. Simmer beef in 1/4 inch of water in a heavy medium saucepan. Stew until very tender, replacing water as necessary, about 2 to 3 hours. Drain, reserving the liquid.

  2. Pass cooked stew meat through a meat grinder twice, until it is the consistency of a thick, stringy paste.

  3. Melt butter in a small saucepan. Filter melted butter through clean muslin (cheesecloth) to remove milk solids.

  4. Mix cooked meat with 3/4 of the strained, melted butter in a medium bowl. Season with salt, pepper, paprika, and nutmeg to taste. Stir in desired amount of reserved cooking liquid to moisten.

  5. Transfer the mixture to sterile containers and top with remaining butter. Seal and chill in the refrigerator until serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

552 Calories
48g Fat
0g Carbs
30g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 552
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 48g 61%
Saturated Fat 24g 122%
Cholesterol 161mg 54%
Sodium 234mg 10%
Total Carbohydrate 0g 0%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 30g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 20mg 2%
Iron 3mg 17%
Potassium 372mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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