Beef and dumplings stew

Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 120 mins
Beef and dumplings stew
This easy beef and dumpling stew is a great heart warming dish.

2 tbsp olive oil

25g butter

750g beef, diced

2 tbsp flour

1 garlic clove, crushed

3 onions, peeled, roughly cut

4 large carrots, roughly chopped

500ml beef stock

3 tbsp thyme

3 tbsp chopped fresh parsley, 1 tsp to garnish

Salt and pepper to season

125g plain flour

1 tsp baking powder

60g suet

Water, to make a dough

1 tbsp chopped parsley

Preheat oven to 180°C/ 350°F/ gas 4. Grease an ovenproof dish.

Heat the oil and butter in a large pot and cook the beef on a medium temperature.  Sprinkle in the flour and cook for a further 3 minutes. Add the garlic, onion and carrots and cook for 1-2 minutes.

Stir in the stock, thyme and parsley. Season with salt and pepper.  

Transfer to an ovenproof dish, cover with a lid and place in the oven for two hours.

While the beef is stewing you can make the dumplings. Sift the flour, baking powder and a pinch of salt into a bowl. Add the suet and enough water to form a dough.

Turn the dumplings onto a clean surface and roll into medium sized balls. Leave and set aside until ready to use.

About 20 minutes before your stew is ready, place the dumplings on tops. Leave off the lid to let the dumplings go golden.

To serve sprinkle with chopped parsley.


Preparation Time
15 minutes

Cooking Time
120 minutes

Main ingredients
Beef, Vegetables

Recipe Type
Dinner, Entertaining

Level of Difficulty

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