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Beef casserole and dumplings

By lovingbeingmum (GoodFood Community)
  • Rating: 5 out of 5.6 ratings
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  • Serves 6
This is a very easy casserole dish - my children would eat it every day if they could!
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Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp oil
  • 4 potatoes cubed
  • 2 carrots sliced
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 1 leek
  • 2 stalks celery finely sliced
  • 75g mushrooms
  • 500-700g beef
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 pint beef stock
  • 400g tinned chopped tomatoes
  • 100 mls red wine
  • Dash of Worcester sauce
  • 1 bulb garlic
  • Dumplings -
  • 250g self-raising flour
  • 125g really cold butter
  • 1tsp mixed herbs
  • salt and black pepper
  • 1 beaten egg

Method

  • STEP 1
    Heat 2 tbspoons of oil in a large pan.
  • STEP 2
    Add potatoes, carrots, onion, leek and celery and heat gently without browning for 5-10 miNs
  • STEP 3
    Add mushrooms, stir for 2 mins then add to casserole pot or crock pot.
  • STEP 4
    Heat the remaing 2 tb spoons of oil and brown the beef - in batches if necessary.
  • STEP 5
    Add the flour and mix
  • STEP 6
    Add the beef stock, tomatoes, red wine and Worcester sauce.
  • STEP 7
    Season with salt and pepper, bring to the boil, reduce heat and add to pot.
  • STEP 8
    Add bouquet garni and whole garlic bulb to pot. Stir well.
  • STEP 9
    Oven - 160c for 2.5 - 3 hours
  • STEP 10
    Slow cooker - high for 4-5 hours or low for 8-10hrs (depending on your slow cooker!)
  • STEP 11
    When cooked remove bouquet garni and garlic bulb.
  • STEP 12
    For the dumpling -
  • STEP 13
    Turn oven up to oven to 190degrees C or gas 5
  • STEP 14
    Put your flour into a mixing bowl
  • STEP 15
    Using a coarse grater, grate very cold butter into the flour
  • STEP 16
    Add herbs and a pinch of salt and pepper
  • STEP 17
    Using your fingers, gently rub the butter into the flour until it resembles breadcrumbs
  • STEP 18
    Add a some cold water to help bind it
  • STEP 19
    Divide the dough into 12 balls. The dumplings will suck up quite a bit of moisture so if your stew looks dry - add a cup of boiling water and give it a good stir.
  • STEP 20
    brush dumplings with beaten egg to glaze
  • STEP 21
    Place the dumplings on top of your fully cooked stew.
  • STEP 22
    Cook in the oven for 30 minutes until golden brown.
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