Dracula: Robber Steak Recipe

I once tried to cook my way through fiction. This is a retelling of that adventure.

Let us start this journey with Dracula. Jonathan Harker’s journal begins as a travelogue through the Carpathian mountains, and he details the food he eats along the way. After the first chapter the food descriptions disappear as the story takes a turn for the gruesome, but it starts out tastily enough.  This recipe is almost verbatim from the text.

Robber Steak

Robber Steak Recipe

(Serves 3)

There are many odd things to put down, and, lest who reads them may fancy that I dined too well before I left Bistritz, let me put down my dinner exactly.

I dined on what they called “robber steak”–bits of bacon, onion, and beef, seasoned with red pepper, and strung on sticks, and roasted over the fire, in simple style of the London cat’s meat!
~ DRACULA by Bram Stoker, Chapter 1


  • 1 lb beef cut into cubes
  • 10 strips of thick cut bacon, cut into pieces
  • 12 pearl onions/shallots cut in half (You can substitute regular onion cut into cubes)
  • 2 red bell peppers, cut into pieces
  • 1 tbsp Hungarian paprika
  • salt and pepper to taste


  1. Season the beef with paprika, salt, and pepper.
  2. Alternate the ingredients on a barbecue stick (previously soaked in water).
  3. Grill.

This was super simple, and it’s hard to go wrong when there’s bacon involved. Tasty! Next time I need to make a larger batch.

My apologies to any vegetarians out there.


  1. See… that makes a great blog post. I had no idea there were recipes that specific in our genre fiction.

    I guess… in retrospect, you couldn’t do this very well in epic fantasy, because otherwise you’d be eating way too much stew…

    1. I think there would be a more varied food spread in sci fi than epic fiction. A stew overdose was exactly why I stopped my attempts at cooking through fiction LOL I wonder why it’s always stew though… stew takes a long time to cook. It’s not ideal for traveling, but I’d see it working in an inn setting (just boiling a pot all day). I wonder why there’s not more variety…

  2. You made me hungry. This shall not be forgotten and I shall have my revenge… Mark my words, Bazelli. Mark my words – which slurp, cause I’m really salivating. Damn it. 😀

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