Robber Steak | Dracula

‘ “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, Bram Stoker

Straight from Bram Stoker's Dracula, make this easy 'Robber Steak' recipe for your Halloween party. Easy to make with only five ingredients, this authentic dish is the perfect main meal on Halloween night.

I was quite surprised to open Dracula and find such descriptive food passages. It’s only at the beginning of the book, as part of setting the scene of Romania, but it’s exciting to find food you can recreate authentically. Use this recipe as your main meal for your Dracula themed dinner party. For something so simple, this is incredibly delicious. But then again peasant food usually is.


Dracula; Robber Steak

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  • Author: Bryt
  • Prep Time: 5 mins
  • Cook Time: 35 mins
  • Total Time: 40 mins
  • Yield: 1 (3 skewers) 1x


  • 2sp olive oil
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic
  • 1 piece steak
  • 4 pieces bacon
  • 1/2 onion, quartered and layers pulled apart


  1. Preheat oven to 200C.
  2. Cut steak into bite sized cubes and the bacon into squares.
  3. On skewers, thread the meat and onion on, alternating steak, 2 squares of bacon and 2 pieces of onion layers.
  4. In a small bowl, mix together the olive oil, paprika and garlic, then rub onto the skewered meats with your fingers.
  5. Cook for 35 minutes in the oven on grill.


The ingredient amounts are given based on how much you’d need per person to make it easier to calculate for a dinner party.

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  1. I’m surprised there’s no comments. This was delicious! Unfortunately I didn’t have skewers (I swear I got some but couldn’t find them 😬) so I tossed the ingredients in a bowl to get sauced up and then cooked them on a sheet pan in the oven. I served it with steamed broccoli and yellow rice.
    I didn’t find it spicy at all, but my sensitive-tongued 9 year old thought it was (though she managed to eat it).
    Thanks for the recipe!

  2. I have been making Robbers’ Steak for more than forty years, like Grandma Ruth Octavia used to make. To make it more genuine, use Sweet Hungarian paprika, a tsp of Smoky Spanish paprika and some brown or raw sugar. Also add chunks of bell pepper and garlic? Uh, no, instead try shallots.

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