Winter Warming Comfort Food | Beef Stew & Dumplings

Winter Warming Comfort Food | Beef Stew & Dumplings

You know those evenings when all you want to do is wrap yourself up on the sofa, light the candles on the fireplace and sit in front of the TV with a big bowl of comfort food to warm your belly? This is one of my all time favourite dinners that my Mum would make when I was little. Over the years I’ve adapted the recipe and added my own little take on it. It takes just 10 minutes to prepare and is perfect for popping in the oven and getting on with some work or watching a movie. You could also cook this in the slow cooker but obviously it’s going to take a lot longer.


400g Diced Braising Steak

4 carrots

1 onion

1 cup of mushrooms

Half of one suede

2 tbsp Tomato Puree

1 garlic clove chopped and crushed

3 tbsp Bisto Gravy Granules

300ml cold water

For the Dumplings:

50g Atora Suet (vegetable or beef)

100g self raising flour

5 tbsp cold water

Plus add your choice of boiled or baked potatoes or crusty bread to serve.

Step One: Preheat your oven to 200 degrees.

Step Two: Chop your carrots, mushrooms, suede and onions. You’ll want fairly chunky vegetables so don’t chop them too finely. Place them into your casserole dish along with the diced beef, tomato puree and the garlic and stir.

Step Three: Add the Bisto Gravy Granuals and stir once again before adding the water to your dish. And yep, you guessed it, stir one more time before popping it in the oven for 1 hour 40 minutes.

Step Four: Making the dumplings. The messy bit! Remove the stew from your oven and stir. Combine the flour, water and suet in a separate bowl and stir until you achieve a firm but soft dough. Separate into six to eight balls and drop them into your casserole dish. Return to the oven for a further 20 minutes.

Step Five: Remove your stew from the oven and serve with crusty bread or boiled or baked potatoes for the ideal belly warming tea.

If like us, there’s only two of you at home, stick to the recipe and then freeze the half you don’t eat for those evenings when you just cba to cook. You’ll need to defrost it fully at room temperature, then you can reheat in the microwave or oven until piping hot throughout for a super quick meal. Plus you might just save a few pennies too!

I’d love to hear from you if you make this recipe at home. :)

Beef Stew and Dumplings


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