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 😉

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.


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.


Give it a good stir.


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


I then added chopped left over roast


Then remove from heat.


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.


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


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


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


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


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


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.


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


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

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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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