Muffin-topped winter beef stew

Muffin-topped winter beef stew

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Cooking time

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 2 hrs, 30 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 2 adults and 2-3 children

Muffin on stew? You’d better believe it – think of it as a lighter alternative to suet dumplings

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
Nutrition info

Nutrition per adult serving

kcalories
847
protein
46g
carbs
82g
fat
39g
saturates
14g
fibre
10g
sugar
0g
salt
2.81g

Ingredients

For the stew

  • 500g braising steaks, cut into bite-sized chunks
  • 2 tbsp plain flour, seasoned with pepper and a little salt
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 large onion, finely chopped
  • 450g carrots, cut into chunks
  • 2 large parsnips, cut into chunks
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tbsp sundried or regular tomato paste
  • 300ml red wine or extra stock
  • 450ml vegetable stock

For the topping

  • 225g plain flour
  • 3 tsp baking powder
  • 140g cheddar, coarsely grated
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 150ml milk

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 150C/fan 130C/gas 2. Toss the beef in seasoned flour. Heat the oil in a large flameproof casserole. Fry the beef over a high heat until browned all over – it’s easiest to do this in batches. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  2. Add 2 tbsp water and the onion to the pan, stir well over a medium heat, scraping up the crusty bits from the bottom of the pan. Lower the heat and fry gently for 10 mins, stirring occasionally until the onions have softened.
  3. Tip in the carrots, parsnips and bay leaf, then fry for 2 mins more. Return the beef to the pan, stir in the tomato paste, wine if using, and stock, then bring to the boil. Cover and cook in the oven for 1¾-2 hrs until the meat is tender. Can be made up to 2 days ahead or frozen for up to 1 month. Defrost thoroughly in the fridge before topping and baking. Take out of the oven and increase the temperature to 190C/fan 170C/gas 5.
  4. To make the topping, sieve the flour and baking powder into a bowl and add half the cheese. Mix olive oil and milk, then stir into the flour to make a soft, slightly sticky dough. Add more milk, if necessary. Spoon the dough over the meat and vegetables, sprinkle with the remaining cheese and bake for about 15 mins until golden, risen and cooked through.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, January 2006

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jennie2121's picture
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Excellent meal, family loved the flavours

jennie2121's picture
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Excellent meal, family loved the flavours

jennie2121's picture
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Excellent meal, family loved the flavours

minacolada's picture
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I really enjoyed the stew bit but there wasn't enough sauce to go around - only about half covered the meat and veg once stew once reduced - so I served the leftovers with lots of gravy on top.

My family really enjoyed the muffin top but I personally prefer dumplings. Will probably make again but will add extra stock/wine as I cook it!

charlarina's picture
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This was gorgeous and I'll definately make it agin. It took more than 20 minutes to prepare but maybe I'm just slow.

csi1901's picture
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Just followed recipy as I am not that good cook and I found it both easy and delicious. Will make it again to impress friends!

ksharpe002's picture
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Just come in from a day out in the fresh air to the smell of this casserole cooking in my slow cooker - yum! All I need to do is finish off with the muffin topping and I know my family will love it - my daughter even requested it after the success of last time I cooked it.

ninotchka's picture
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This is one of the best beef dishes I ever tasted. It made my husband moan!!!!

foodiegirly's picture
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I made the muffin topping for our normal family beef stew and it was great! It was so much better than suet dumplings + lighter and healthier too. It soaked up some of the gravy yet the top was crispy and the middle was moist and fluffy. I shall definitely be making it again, maybe with herbs or spring onions in it for a change. The addition of sage to the muffin mix, on a chicken casserole would be yummy!

itslel's picture
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I was absolutely crushed when my muffin topping sank as I put it on, apologising to the family! Little did I know - it rose in the oven and looked FABULOUS, not only did it look fabulous the taste was out of this world! Defininately a family favourite of the future - and I dont think I'll ever make "proper" dumplings again, light and fluffy, and a lot more suitable for we weight watchers!!

vickpole's picture
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Gorgeous comfort food, really tasty, we all loved it!! I didn't fancy the muffin top so made dumplings instead. I added celery and pearl barley which made the gravy thicker than I imagine it would have been ( I had to added more water for the dumplings to swell up). Definitely recommend!!

trianna's picture

Absolutely gorgeous. Took alot longer than the 20 mins prep time, and cooked the topping for 30 mins as per earler comments but it was well worth the wait. Clean plates all round!

carolearmy's picture
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Absolutley beautiful meal, will make this again, maybe double the quantities and freeze.

indigo12's picture
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Delicious and really easy!! The topping was great.I added a small pack of ready prepared casserole veg (which had the carrot and parsnip but also diced potato,swede and leek),this was because i wanted more "bulk" in case the kids wouldn`t eat the top.....but they loved it and asked for more!!

amiebart77's picture
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I must be one of only a few who didn't like this (my partner loved it) For me, the muffin just did not taste right on the stew. The parnips had totally reduced down to bits, even though I made sure they were large chunks. The stew itself was very tasty, but I wont be making it again with a muffin top.

botleypark402's picture

Did this in the slow cooker with additional root veg, transferring to the oven when topping was added. The muffin top is definitely a great alternative to dumplings. Will be making again

d41d0y's picture
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AWESOME. Very easy stew and the topping was a real surprise! Will definitely make again and for more friends and family.
Made for 2 and could only manage a 3rd of it between us, could not manage the full amount in one sitting, no way! Will be eating the leftovers for a few days :D

barnett5's picture
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I made this as per the recipe, except I made it gluten free by changing flour to Doves Gluten Free Plain Flour - twice now for a dinner party! Delicious! I did the ginger, chocolate and praline bombe for desert. Lovely!

whoscookingtonight's picture
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Loved this, very tasty, and the topping was a fantastic alternative to dumplings

barrywebber's picture
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I've made this about 4 times now and everyone loves it. We don't use our old stew recipe any more. Muffin top is great but does need cooking for longer that suggested.

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