Vegetable stew with herby dumplings

Vegetable stew with herby dumplings

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(29 ratings)

Prep: 40 mins Cook: 1 hr, 30 mins

Easy

Serves 6
The pearl barley makes this stew really hearty - perfect for a cold winter evening

Nutrition and extra info

  • Vegetarian

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal391
  • fat14g
  • saturates7g
  • carbs57g
  • sugars16g
  • fibre8g
  • protein10g
  • salt0.83g
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Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

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  • 350g shallot, peeled
    Shallot

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  • 2 leek, thickly sliced
    Leeks

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  • ½ swede, chopped into chunks
    Swede

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  • 2 parsnip, quartered
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  • 350g Chantenay carrot
    Carrot

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  • 175g pearl barley
  • 225ml white wine
  • 1l vegetable stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 sprigs thyme

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  • small bunch parsley, finely chopped
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For the dumplings

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

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.

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Janpan51
22nd Jan, 2017
5.05
This is a lovely recipe. We substituted swede with sweet potato and alongside the herby dumplings we also used the dumpling recipe for our meat stew (we were cooking for 100!). Those had leek dumplings (SR flour, veg suet, finely chopped leeks). Absolutely unctuous and divine. Way superior to the mince stew. The leek dumplings beat the ones in this recipe but the herby ones were still really good.
Lizmoss71
11th Mar, 2016
Tasty casserole and the dumplings are super. I used butternut squash instead of parsnips which worked well. One word of warning - I made double and froze half. When reheated it wasn't as good as the vegetables went rather mushy.
goosegirl123
31st Jan, 2016
I found this a little bland but perhaps it was because I used frozen herbs not fresh. It dried up a little in the oven too but I'll try it again as so many positive comments
ducknbunny
22nd Nov, 2015
3.8
Surprisingly tasty. I thought this might be bland and heavy but not at all - a really, delicious healthy one-pot. My dumplings needed longer in the oven than the recipe stated. I will make this again and freeze it for convenient midweek meaks - leave out the dumpling and then just melt in some strong cheese when reheating it.
kiwitifosi
6th Sep, 2015
5.05
As others have said, the dumplings in this are delicious. The recipe reminds me of a beaut ready meal that M&S used to make back in the 1990s - it was always my favourite. Easy to adapt to different veg - spuds or sweet potato would help thicken the sauce. I used half mature cheddar and half pesto gouda in the dumplings - added even more flavour. This recipe is going straight to my favourites folder!
lindapalmer1
1st May, 2015
5.05
Made this today & served with steamed broccoli & cabbage. A really lovely stew, easily adapted to whatever vegetables you have available. Even my 18 month old grandson had two helpings. The only thing I would recommend is that you need to season the dish well otherwise it could be bland. Overall a lovely dish which shall definitely become a regular at our house.
lindapalmer1
1st May, 2015
5.05
Made this today & served with steamed broccoli & cabbage, really lovely stew even my 18 month old grandson had two helpings. The only thing I would say is that you do need to season it well otherwise it could be bland. Will definitely become a regular.
Mrs.Aston
21st Dec, 2014
This worked out a treat, I did tinker a little. I added 2 teaspoons of fresh rosemary, 2 garlic cloves, I used red wine instead and added 2 Tbsp of tomato purée and half a tin of chopped toms. I halves the amount of pearl barley and added in parsnips and sweet potato. The dumplings were a treat and as previously suggested I doubled the quantity and did half Parmesan cheese half cheddar. A triumph in my house.
aliceeats
22nd Oct, 2014
3.8
Really great recipe, easy to make and full of flavour. I used a large sweet potato instead of the swede (I hate cutting swede), but otherwise followed the recipe. We had it between two over two nights (four servings), only baking half each night (but cooking the whole thing of the hob). First time I've made dumplings - really easy. Will definitely make again!
michelle018
8th May, 2014
3.8
Really good recipe, very tasty and easy to make. The dumplings were a real hit. Would definitely make this again.

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aliceeats
25th Oct, 2014
3.8
What is a 'small bunch' of parsley? Does that mean a whole small packet like you get at the supermarket? And what is a 'sprig' of thyme?!
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