British Classic – Beef And Ale Stew and Dumplings

Sunday is a day of rest, and we intend to make the most of it today. Beef Stew and Dumplings is in order, as it is blooming cold outside, and on a day like this only comfort food will do 😉

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This is 358g of beef, the rest is left over from a recent roast 😁

I start by tossing 500g of diced beef in seasoned flour, and brown off in a heavy bottomed casserole dish.

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Add Peeled and halved shallots (Aldi Super6)  and 2 cloves of minced garlic, and brown off too. Add herbs, bay and Rosemary here and squish a couple of stock cubes, a good shake of Worcestershire sauce, a big squeeze of tomato purée and some home frozen leeks I found in the freezer.

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Give it a good stir.

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Pour a third of a bottle of real ale, and deglaze the pan, then add the remaining ale and stir through.

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I then added chopped left over roast

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Then remove from heat.

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To this I add 4 large chopped carrots, a finely chopped stick of celery a medium chopped, peeled Swede, 3 peeled, diced parsnips, I have also bunged in a Sweet Potato and a field Mushroom I found hiding in the fridge – all added to the meat and stirred through.

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Stir through, and pop into a low oven (100) for 2/3 hours depending on your oven

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You could use a slow cooker, but watch how much fluid you use, as it doesn’t cook off and can be watery.

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Half an hour before finishing, remove from the oven, take of lid, stir, taste, season.

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For the dumplings, take half a pack of suet, and add double the quantity of self raising flour, seasoning and a little water.

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Get stuck in with your hands and mix till it binds, the dough should be tacky, add more water if needed.

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On top of your stew, add golf ball sized lumps of dough, don’t be too fussy, you want a few raggy bits to ‘catch’ – turn heat upto 180, bung back in the oven for 20-30 minutes  till they are golden brown on top, and light and fluffy underneath.

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Serve in a big bowl – it’s has got to be a bowl, as they say bowl food is soul food 😉

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Add a large glass of red wine or real ale for the perfect Sunday Winter Warmer 😊

Author: emptynestfulltum

Hi - I'm a 49 yo Mum to 3 kids - Jordan (23), Grace (21) and Max (19). And Wife to my lovely Husband, Dave and step mum to 4 fur babies, our cats Eric, Ernie, Cilla and Bobbie. We live on the beautiful Isle of Wight, Hubby and I were born here, and just love our home. As I hurtle towards 50, my life as a full time (working) parent is coming to an end, with my eldest 2 kids living their own lives, and my youngest who started University in September. I realised that this is not a time to be sad, but a time to take time to spend time on some of the things I enjoy doing - mainly cooking, crafting and creating Pinterest boards for said thing s :) This blog is just a way for me to record the next stages of our lives - I hope you enjoy my ramblings...

2 thoughts on “British Classic – Beef And Ale Stew and Dumplings”

  1. Nom nom! Am jealous of your oval LC casserole – we have 2 small & 2 large round and a large flat skillet 🙂

    Tonight’s supper was roast chicken (YS organic from Asda) with carrot & parsnip (Lidl) mash, bread sauce (left-over loaf), gravy & buttered leeks (Aldi) – tasty and good value!

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    1. LC was a 30th bday present from my MIL at the time, she knew with 3 small kids it would be useful- nearly 20 yrs on it’s still going strong, will be time to pass it to one of my kids when it gets too heavy for me to lift ;). You’re dinner sounds lovely – one of my secret vices is a roast chicken sandwich with a little salt on (don’t tell) white sliced bread 😉

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