Tuesday, 26th May 2020

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Warming Beef Stew

Warming Beef Stew

This month I have decided to give you a recipe to warm you up during this chilly time. By Chef Matthew Academie Culinaise de France

Give yourselves a warm hearty meal after a long chilly week at work and treat yourselves to a glass or two of red wine, which will go perfectly with this meal.


  • 450 g stewing beef steaks, e.g. shin of beef, or skirt, or chuck steak, cubed
  • 600 ml water
  • 4 large carrots, sliced
  • 1 small turnip, diced
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1/2 a white cabbage, shredded
  • 10 medium potatoes, peeled and halved
  • 2 cube of beef stock
  • 2 sprigs thyme
  • 2 sprigs parsley
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • 1 pinches black pepper

for the dumplings:

  • 220 g self-raising flour
  • 0.25 tsp salt
  • 110 g beef suet
  • 2 tbsp parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, crushed
  • 1 dashes of cold water, to mix



  1. Put the beef and water in a large saucepan and bring up to the boil. Simmer gently for 1 hour.
  2. Add the vegetables, stock and herbs. Bring back to the boil then leave to simmer for 1 hour until the meat is tender, stirring occasionally. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  3. Mix the flour with cold water to make a paste. Add this to the stew to thicken the broth.
  4. Meanwhile, make the dumplings. Sift the flour with the salt, and then stir in the suet and parsley.
  5. Add the garlic and enough cold water to mix to a soft but not sticky dough.
  6. Divide into pieces about as big as walnut, and roll each one into a ball.
  7. Add the dumplings to the stew, cover the pan and simmer for a final 15-20 minutes, until the dumplings are puffed and cooked through and stew has thickened.
  8. Serve immediately.

Chef’s Tip………Why not serve with mashed potatoes or baby new potatoes.

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