Even though I’m a vegetarian I still cook meat for the whole family. This slow cooker beef stew and dumplings recipe is SO easy. Even if you don’t have a slow cooker you can still make this stew, just brown the mince in your casserole dish first.  If you don’t have all the ingredients don’t worry I chop and change the ingredients depending what’s in my fridge or what needs to be used!

You’ll tend to find my recipes aren’t very ‘measured’ I’m more of a toss  it in and see what happens kinda cook!

The good stuff.

  • Cubes of beef – I always buy Daylesford organic beef around 400-500g.
  • A few Root Vegetables cut and cubed, around 1.5-2 handfuls of each. I will throw any of the following in: Carrots, Parsnips, Swede, brussel sprouts, butternut squash, pumpkin, leeks.
  • Mini potatoes chopped in half 1-2 handfuls.
  • 1 chopped onion
  • 1 small bottle of red wine
  • 500-750ml of beef stock
  • Thyme, sage, rosemary dried or fresh herbs a few sprigs of each
  • Pearl Barley around 200g

For the Dumplings:

  • Dumpling mix – I use Atora vegetable suet
  • Self raising flour
  • Water
  • Dried Sage

How to:

  • If you’re using a slow cooker literally dump all ingredients in EXCEPT Pearl Barley & Dumplings. Cook on high for 6hrs.
  • If your not using a slow cooker, then brown mince with onions then dump all ingredients in and pop in oven on 180C for 2-3hrs.
  • Then add in Pearl Barley. Mix pearl barley around & add another 200ml of stock. The Pearl Barley will expand and soak up juices so you need to add more stock here.
  • Leave to cook for another 40mins on high.
  • Make the dumplings according to instructions on the box (super easy, just mix with self raising flour, water and I add sage for some more flavour)
  • I then add some more stock to the stew if the pearl barely has soaked it up too much, if it’s still got a lot of liquid in don’t add anymore, There should be enough liquid so you can add the dumplings and they can sit on top of the stew and simmer.
  • Add dumplings to top of stew (adding more stock if necessary) pop the lid back on and cook again on high for 20-30mins.






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