Recipe Of The Month – Delicious Beef Stew

Food & Recipes

In the grip of winter and the January blues, nothing can beat comfort food! This beef stew is a delicious example.


● Olive oil

● 4 Garlic cloves

● 1 white onion chopped

● 4 carrots chopped

● 2 large potatoes chopped 

● 2 celery sticks chopped

● 680g of stewing beef cut into chunks

● Bay leaves

● Thyme 

● 2 tbsp tomato puree

● 2 tbsp Worcestershire sauce

● 2 beef stock cubes, crumbles

● 2 tbsp plain flour

● 1tbsp butter

● 150 ml red wine (optional)

For the dumplings (optional)

● 125g plain flour

● 1 tsp baking powder

● Pinch of salt

● 60g suet


● Pre heat the oven to 160°c

Soften the onion, celery, carrots and potato with some olive oil and the butter. Add salt, pepper, thyme, and the bay leaves to season.

Soften for about 10 minutes then stir in the flour followed by the tomato puree, Worcestershire sauce and beef stock cubes dissolved in water.

Gradually stir and then tip in the meat. Bring to a gentle simmer and add the red wine.

Cover the stew and put in the oven for two hours.

Prepare your dumplings by combining the flour, baking powder, suet and salt with some water to form a dough.

Divide the dough into dumplings, you can make four big ones or multiple small ones.

After two hours remove the cover from the stew and add your dumplings, cook for a further 20 minutes or until the dumplings are golden.

Serve and enjoy.

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