How to Cook Beef Stew with Dumplings

How to Cook Beef Stew with Dumplings

Serves: 4

Preparation time: 30 mins

Cooking time: 2 hours

Ingredients needed to make Beef Stew with Dumplings:

For the stew:

  • 1 lb beef steak, chopped into bite sized chunks
  • 6 oz baby onions, peeled
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 5 oz carrots, chopped into large chunks
  • 5 oz celery, chopped into large chunks
  • 7 oz swede, chopped into large chunks
  • 2 leeks, coarsely chopped
  • 2 tbsp all purpose flour
  • 18 fl oz beef stock
  • 5 fl oz red wine
  • 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • Worcestershire sauce, as required
  • 1 oz butter
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 3 tbsp fresh flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 3 tbsp fresh thyme leaves, chopped
  • 2 fresh bay leaves
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

For the dumpling:

  • 4 ½ oz all purpose flour, plus more for dusting
  • 2 ½ oz suet
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • Dash of salt to taste
  • Water, as required

For serving:

  • 1 tbsp flat leaf parsley, chopped
  • Mashed potato

Cooking instructions for Beef Stew with Dumplings:

  • Warm up your oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Add a dollop of butter to an oven proof casserole and drizzle some oil over it.
  • Heat them over moderate flame and throw in the beef chunks.
  • Cook the beef, while stirring at times, until it browns evenly.
  • Dust the meat with small amount of flour and continue to cook for another couple of minutes.
  • Throw in the garlic, as well as rest of the veggies and stir-fry the mixture for a minute or two.
  • Add a splash of wine, followed by beef stock as well as the herbs, and give it a nice stir to mix.
  • Drizzle the Worcestershire sauce as well as the balsamic vinegar over them and season with lots of black pepper and salt.
  • Stir the mixture several times, put a lid on and place the casserole into the oven.
  • Cook the stew for a couple of hours or until the meat is cooked through.
  • To make the dumplings, sift the flour, salt as well as baking powder together into a large mixing bowl.
  • Add the water, followed immediately by the suet and knead the mixture into a thick and soft dough.
  • Pinch out small portions of the dough and roll them into small balls with your floured hands.
  • After the cooking time is over, uncover the stew and place the dumplings into it.
  • Put the lid back on and return to the oven to cook for another 20 minutes or until the dumplings puffs up and softens.
  • Transfer the mixture to four serving plates and top it up with a dollop of mashed potato.
  • Sprinkle chopped parsley on top and serve hot.

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