Beef Stew and Dumplings

Beef Stew and Dumplings

Beef Stew and Dumplings

Prep Time
10 Minutes
Cook Time
2 Hour
Wondering how to make a hearty beef stew? You don’t need to be a whizz in the kitchen to make our comforting stew recipe – the indulgent ingredients do all the talking here. As well as smoky paprika and aromatic marjoram and sage, this beef stew gets an additional dose of deliciousness from beer – choose a robust beer such as Guinness. The perfect addition for mopping up the sauce in this recipe are our tasty herby dumplings. Suet gives these dumplings a light and fluffy texture, and woody thyme and rosemary adds a fragrant kick.
  • 2 tablespoons oil

  • 450 gram (1 pound) lean stewing beef, cubed

  • 1 onion, sliced

  • 175 gram (6 ounce) carrots, sliced

  • 1 teaspoon Garlic Granules

  • 1 tablespoons plain flour

  • 225 millilitre (8 fluid ounce) beer

  • 350 millilitre (12 fluid ounce) beef stock

  • 2 tablespoons tomato puree

  • 1 teaspoon Paprika

  • 1 teaspoon Marjoram Herb

  • 1 teaspoon Dried Sage

  • 100 gram (4 ounce) self-rising flour

  • 50 gram (2 ounce) beef or vegetable suet

  • 1 pinch Sea Salt

  • ½ teaspoon Rosemary

  • 1 teaspoon Dried Thyme

  • 75 millilitre (3 fluid ounce) water

Key Products
Garlic Granules

Product Information

£ 1.90/unit,47g

Product Information

£ 1.70/unit,34g
Marjoram Herb

Product Information

£ 1.85/unit,8g
Dried Sage

Product Information

£ 1.75/unit,10g

Product Information

£ 1.70/unit,18g
Dried Thyme

Product Information

£ 1.70/unit,11g


  • 1 Meanwhile, combine the self-raising flour, suet, a pinch of salt, Rosemary (½ tsp), Thyme (1 tsp) and water in a bowl and mix to form a dough. Roughly shape into 8 equal sized balls.
  • 2 Pre-heat the oven to 170?C, 325?F, Gas Mark 3. Heat the oil in a large flameproof dish, add the beef and brown all over for 5 minutes. Carefully remove from the pan with a slotted spoon to ensure the oil and juices remain in the pan. Set the beef to one side, then add the onion, carrots and Garlic Granules. Fry gently for 5 minutes until the onions are brown, return beef to the pan, then add the plain flour and stir through.
  • 3 Remove the stew from the oven and increase the oven temperature to 200?C, 400?F, Gas Mark 6. Place the dumplings on top of the stew, cover and cook for 10 minutes. Remove the lid and cook for a further 10 minutes. Delicious served with creamy mash.
  • 4 Add the beer, beef stock, tomato purée, Pepper, Paprika, Marjoram and Sage. Stir through and cover with a lid. Cook in the oven for 1½ hours.