Vegetable stew with herby dumplings

Vegetable stew with herby dumplings

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Cooking time

Prep: 40 mins Cook: 1 hr, 30 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 6

The pearl barley makes this stew really hearty - perfect for a cold winter evening

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Vegetarian
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
391
protein
10g
carbs
57g
fat
14g
saturates
7g
fibre
8g
sugar
16g
salt
0.83g

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 350g shallots, peeled
  • 2 leeks, thickly sliced
  • ½ swede, chopped into chunks
  • 2 parsnips, quartered
  • 350g Chantenay carrots
  • 175g pearl barley
  • 225ml white wine
  • 1l vegetable stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 sprigs thyme
  • small bunch parsley, finely chopped

For the dumplings

  • 100g self-raising flour
  • 50g unsalted butter
  • 50g mature cheddar cheese, grated
  • 2 tsp finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 tsp fresh thyme leaves

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Method

  1. Heat oil in a large casserole dish. Add shallots and cook for 5-6 mins until starting to soften and brown. Add leeks for 2 mins, then stir in swede, parsnips and carrots.
  2. Pour in barley and wine, cook until wine has reduced by half. Add stock, bay, thyme, parsley and seasoning. Cover pan, bring to the boil, then simmer for 45 mins until barley and veg are tender. Stir occasionally to stop it catching.
  3. Meanwhile, make the dumplings. Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Rub flour and butter together to form breadcrumbs. Add remaining ingredients and mix well. Sprinkle over 2 tbsp water, mix to form a soft dough. Divide into six and roll into balls. Dot on top of stew and transfer to oven. Cook, uncovered, for 20-25 mins until dumplings are golden.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, January 2011

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michelle018's picture
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Really good recipe, very tasty and easy to make. The dumplings were a real hit. Would definitely make this again.

daisygirl06's picture

Really enjoyed this, dumplings were particularly good. After reading the other comments I also added butternut squash and mushrooms to the stew and made double quantity dumplings. Delicious!

_claire_'s picture

lovely stew although a bit to much barley to veg ratio, like others I tweaked it a little adding mushrooms and such. Will deff make again with odd changes but no matter what those dumplings aren't changing one bit they are to die for!

ms_sag's picture

Quite tasty, could do with a little more flavour. I made the left over into a soup which was definitely better. The dumplings were great though.

elektricia's picture

Anyone ever tried to slow cook this?

lyndzi's picture
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This was beautiful never had pearl barley before, I used a large red onion instead of shallots and didn't use parsnips as the other three I cook for won't eat them. I also used a vegetarian alternative parmesan cheese in the dumplings just because I needed to use it up and its the best dumplings I've ever had.
Will be making this often x x

rgmdh1nd's picture
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Was surpised how nice this was and how the pearl barley makes up for the lack of meat. The dumplings most definately make this dish.

jharrold's picture
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This was amazing! Easily one of the nicest winter comfort food recipes I've ever made and eaten. Due to laziness of not wanting to go shopping I made this with a large onion rather than leeks and shallots and also red lentils (about 3-4 tablespoons) instead of the pearl barley. Can't wait to try this recipe exactly, but will defo make my own version again and again. Empty dishes all round and disappointed faces at the empty casserole dish.

juicylucy86's picture
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Delicious Veggie stew that satisfied the meat eaters as well! The dumplings were truly the best I've ever tasted, and my fussy boyfriend said the same! Have made this so many times the print out in my recipe scrap book is looking a little tatty - always a good sign!

shleep2000's picture
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Very Very nice! I was sceptical about non-suet dumplings, but these are very nice, and i will do it again! Thank you Mr. and/or Mrs. GoodFood!

carolcarter129's picture
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I've made this recipe at least 5 times now, sometimes following to the letter and sometimes varying the veg or herbs. it's always delicious, especially the dumplings - I have to make 1 1/2 times the recommended amount to keep the family happy. A great winter warmer.

crazyk1tten's picture
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Really nice... I got moaned at for not doing more dumplings though!

sbloom's picture
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This wasn't quite as good as expected. It lacked some flavour but perhaps this is because I used dry, not fresh, herbs. I would've given the recipe a 3 if it weren't for the delicious dumplings that I will definitely make again!

amytilds's picture
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This was a really tasty recipe, i cooked following the recipe till the part where you add the stock then i transferred to my slow cooker and left on low for 6 hours. I didn't cook the dumplings but the rest tasted wonderful.

rozithomson's picture

I did this recipe for a veggie option in a family day, and it was easy and delicious

arianna77's picture
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I used this recipe as a basis for a veggie stew -- I added sweet potatoes, button mushrooms and mary pipers potatoes, plus a spoon of tumeric and paprika for seasoning.
I did not use barley, tyme and bay leaves, and did not make the dumplings.
the result was DELISH -- will become a regular dish in our house! :)

bexger's picture
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Forgot to rate!

bexger's picture
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Wow - absolutely delicious!! The dumplings are a revelation........
Definitely going to be a regular dish in our house.

anniemanequin's picture
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Lovely flavours, and not much effort, you can leave it cooking whilst you get on with other things, will make again!

slinkystardust's picture
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Lovely and filling. Used chopped carrots and added some celery. Enjoyed by all the family especially my 16 month old daughter. Will be on the meal plan quite frequently this winter.

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