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Introduction & method

Plain, simple, delicious and warming, British beef stew with fluffy suet dumplings will warm your heart on a cold winter's night.

Beef Stew with Dumplings Recipe

For the stew:

Heat some oil in a frying pan, peel and chop the onion into small pieces and fry gently until translucent. Remove from pan and set aside. Cut the beef into 2cm (1 inch) chunks, making sure you remove all the fat. Add more oil to the pan and turn the heat up to full. Dust the chunks in flour, and place into the frying pan. If you have a lot of beef, you may need to do this in batches. Meanwhile, pour the beef stock into a large pan and add the salt, pepper and parsley. Add the onions and the beef and bring to the boil. Deglaze the frying pan using brandy, wine or water, and add the burnt crunchy bits to the stew.

Reduce the heat so the liquid is just simmering, put a lid on the pan and let it cook for two hours, stirring occasionally to make sure nothing is sticking. If you have a pressure cooker, you could reduce the cooking time to 20 minutes.

After two hours, peel the carrots and swede, chop into chunks and add to the stew. Let them cook for half an hour, and then make the dumplings.

For the dumplings:

While the stew is cooking, make up the batter for the dumplings by mixing all the dry ingredients and then gradually adding water until you have a stiff paste. 

Take a tablespoon of the dumpling batter, and gently place it on top of the stew. Keep doing this until all the batter is used up, and make sure you leave plenty of space between each one because they will expand. You can spoon a little of the stew over each dumpling to give them a bit of colour. At this point, you can either continue cooking on the hob with a lid on the pan, or, if you like your dumplings crispy on top, place the stew into a hot oven, uncovered.

Either way, after about 25 minutes, the dumplings will be cooked, and everything ready to eat.

The video above is from the Keef Cooks YouTube channel. Click here to see the video recipe of Beef Stew with Dumplings on YouTube.

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Ingredients & Info

•  2 kilos good quality beef, cut into chunks
•  2 medium onions
•  2 carrots
•  1 swede
•  500 ml beef stock
•  1 bay leaf
•  1 tsp ground black pepper
•  1 tsp parsley
•  1 tbsp salt
•  100 grams plain white flour
•  50 grams suet
•  1 tsp salt
•  1 tsp baking powder
•  1 tsp chives
•  2 tbsp water

A little flour for dusting the meat, and some oil for sauteeing

US (cups, sticks, etc)

Serves 6 
Prep time: 30 minutes.
Cooking time: 3 hours.
Total time: 3 hours 30 mins.

Watch the video on YouTube