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Nicola's beef stew

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Prep: 20 minutes Cook: 50 minutes A pressure cooker takes 10 minutes or so to come to pressure and 15 - 20 minutes to cool down to open safely so total cooking time is probably nearer 2 hours

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Serves 8

This is actually my late wife's recipe. I use a pressure cooker, but you could use a slow cooker The amount/ type of vegetables can be varied to taste

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  • 1kg Stewing steak (will feed at least 8)
  • 1 or 2 Onions
  • 4 - 5 Carrots
  • 1/2 swede
  • 2-3 Parsnips
  • Potatoes
  • Beef stock cubes


  • I use Atora veg suet. Simply follow instructions on the packet but stew MUST be boiling


  1. Cube steak roughly and chop onion. Place in pressure cooker and cover with 3-4 inches of water. Cook under pressure for 15 mins

  2. Meanwhile prepare, peel and chop the remaining vegetables, but don't chop too small (especially the potatoes)

  3. Once it's safe to open pressure cooker, add stock cubes (2-3) and rest of vegetables. Cover with water, but not too much (2 inches should be plenty). Season with salt and pepper. Cook under pressure for 10 minutes

  4. Make dumplings according to instructions on box. Once its safe to do so, take off cooker lid and remove weght. Boil stew and add dumplings then turn down heat to simmer and place lid on. Do NOT lock. Cook for 15 - 20 minutes then serve immediately

  5. Tips Any leftover can be refridgerated and then used later. I add a tin of mulligatorny soup to bulk it out and add a bit of zing!! Can be frozen, but suggest you portion it out while still quite hot

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