Mamas beef stew with dumplings

Faith Brown rustles up winner of a dinner with this hearty stew and light-as-air dumplings - just like Mama used to make
Mamas beef stew with dumplings
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  • Serves: 4
  • Cook Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Prep Time: 40 minutes
  • Effort: easy



  • 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 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.

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