Who can argue with tasty, tender beef in a rich sauce with floury dumplings? A dollop of buttery mash and you're in the comfort zone!


  • For the stew

  • 1kg (2lb 3oz) chuck steak

  • 1 tbsp plain flour

  • Salt and black pepper

  • 300g (11oz) shallots, peeled and halved

  • 400g (14oz) carrots, peeled and cut into large chunks

  • 1 pint beef stock

  • 800ml stout

  • Bouquet garni made with 2 sprigs thyme, parsley stalks, bay leaves and a stick of celery

  • For the dumplings

  • 250g (9oz) plain flour

  • 1tsp Salt

  • 1 tsp baking powder

  • Touch of oil

  • Fresh parsley

  • 150ml milk


  • For the stew:

  • 1.

    Pre-heat the oven to at 140°C/gas mark 1. Put the beef in a bowl and sprinkle over the flour, salt and pepper. Pre-heat a large frying pan until hot and add in the oil. Add half of the meat and brown it all over then transfer to a casserole. Repeat with the remaining beef.

  • 2.

    Fry the shallots in the pan until golden then add the mustard and some of the stout. 

  • 3.

    Allow to thicken then pour over the beef together with the rest of the stout and the stock.

  • 4.

    Add in the bouquet garni, put a lid on and bake in the oven for 2 to 3 hours or until beef is tender.

  • For the dumplings:

  • 1.

    Tip all of the dry ingredients into a bowl then slowly add the milk using a fork to make a light dough. Place on a lightly floured surface and knead briefly before forming into small balls.

  • 2.

    When the stew is cooked remove from the oven, place the dumplings on top and leave uncovered. Return to the oven for 35- 40 minutes until the dumplings have risen and are golden brown.

Nutritional information

Nutritional analysis per serving (4 servings)

  • Energy 1132kj
  • Fat Total 56g
  • Saturated Fat 19g
  • Protein 61g
  • Carbohydrate 83g
  • Sugar 13g
  • Sodium 2009mg

Note: The information shown is Edamam's estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist's advice.

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