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Vegetable stew with herby dumplings

Vegetable stew with herby dumplings

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(25 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

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 350g shallot, peeled

    Shallot

    shal-lot

    Related to the onion (as opposed to being a younger version of it), shallots grow in clusters at…

  • 2 leek, thickly sliced

    Leek

    lee-k

    Like garlic and onion, leeks are a member of the allium family, but have their own distinct…

  • ½ swede, chopped into chunks

    Swede

    sw-ee-d

    A member of the cabbage family, the swede is often confused with the turnip, though they look…

  • 2 parsnip, quartered

    Parsnip

    par-snip

    The fact that the parsnip is a member of the carrot family comes as no surprise - it looks just…

  • 350g Chantenay carrot

    Carrot

    ka-rot

    The carrot, with its distinctive bright orange colour, is one of the most versatile root…

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

    Thyme

    This popular herb grows in Europe, especially the Mediterranean, and is a member of the mint…

  • small bunch parsley, finely chopped

    Parsley

    par-slee

    One of the most ubiquitous herbs in British cookery, parsley is also popular in European and…

For the dumplings

  • 100g self-raising flour
  • 50g unsalted butter
  • 50g mature cheddar cheese, grated

    Cheddar

    Ched-ah

    Once cheddar was 'Cheddar', a large, hard-pressed barrel of cheese made by a particular…

  • 2 tsp finely chopped fresh rosemary

    Rosemary

    rose-mar-ee

    Rosemary's intense, fragrant aroma has traditionally been paired with lamb, chicken and game…

  • 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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Comments (29)

sbloom's picture
4

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
5

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
5

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
5

Forgot to rate!

bexger's picture
5

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

anniemanequin's picture
5

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

slinkystardust's picture
5

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.

arcadiaphotos490's picture
5

Loverly and filling on a cold night

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