Beef stew with dumplings

Beef stew with dumplings
  • Serves: 4
  • Ready in: Over 60 Minutes
  • Difficulty Rating: 1
  • * Freezer friendly
  • Syns per serving:
      3

For the ultimate comfort food on a cold night, you can’t beat a good stew – and our light dumplings steal the show!

ingredients

  • low calorie cooking spray
  • 700g lean beef steak, visible fat removed, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 2 onions, roughly chopped
  • 4 carrots, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 2 turnips or 1 swede, peeled and cut into chunks
  • 600ml boiling beef stock
  • 2 tsp dried mixed herbs
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

for the dumplings

  • 50g plain flour
  • 25g vegetable suet

method

  1. Preheat the oven to 160°C/Fan 140°C/Gas 3.
  2. Spray a large non-stick casserole pan with low calorie cooking spray and place over a medium heat. Add the beef and stir-fry until browned. Add the garlic, onions, carrots, turnips or swede, stock and dried herbs. Season well, cover tightly and cook in the oven for 2 hours.
  3. Meanwhile, put the flour, suet and parsley in a bowl. Add a pinch of salt and 2-3 tablespoons of cold water and mix well to make a soft dough. Season well and divide the dough into eight equal pieces. Shape each one into a ball and set aside.
  4. Lift the lid of the casserole and place the dumplings on top of the stew. Cook uncovered for a further 20-25 minutes.
  5. Spoon the stew and dumplings into warmed shallow bowls and serve with your favourite vegetables.

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