Beef Stew with Suet Dumplings
For the stew
2 tbspolive oil
750gbeef stewing steak, chopped into bite-sized pieces
2 tbspplain flour
2 clovesgarlic, crushed
175gbaby onions, peeled
150gcelery, cut into large chunks
150gcarrots, cut into large chunks
2leeks, roughly chopped
200gswede, cut into large chunks
3 tbspfresh thyme leaves
3 tbspchopped fresh flatleaf parsley
- Worcestershire sauce, to taste
1 tbspbalsamic vinegar, or to taste
- salt and freshly ground black pepper
Preheat the oven to 180C/350F/Gas 4.
Heat the oil and butter in an ovenproof casserole and fry the beef until browned on all sides.
Sprinkle over the flour and cook for a further 2-3 minutes.
Add the garlic and all the vegetables and fry for 1-2 minutes.
Stir in the wine, stock and herbs, then add the Worcestershire sauce and balsamic vinegar, to taste. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
Cover with a lid, transfer to the oven and cook for about two hours, or until the meat is tender.
For the dumplings
125g or 1 cupplain flour, plus extra for dusting
1 tspbaking powder
approx½cupwater, to make a dough
Sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl.
Add the suet and enough water to form a thick dough.
With floured hands, roll spoonfuls of the dough into small balls.
After two hours, remove the lid from the stew and place the balls on top of the stew. Cover, return to the oven and cook for a further 20 minutes, or until the dumplings have swollen and are tender. (If you prefer your dumplings with a golden top, leave the lid off when returning to the oven.)
To serve, place a spoonful of mashed potato onto each of four serving plates and top with the stew and dumplings. Sprinkle with chopped parsley.