Beef casserole is an all time favourite of mine and I must have dumplings as well its the perfect meal for cold dark nights now a lot of people I’m sure make this I thought I would share mine with you.
You will need
1 1/2 lbs of diced beef
salt and pepper
2tbsp plain flour
2 carrots roughly chopped
1 large onion sliced
Half a Swede chopped
3 parsnips chopped
2 large potatoes cubed
1 beef casserole mix
1pint of beef stock
2 strips of tyhme
for the dumplings
4oz self raising flour
1tbsp fresh parsley or 1/2 tsp dried herbs
3 to 4 tbsp of water
Begin by mixing the flour and a good pinch of salt and pepper then coat the beef in the flour until nice and coated. then in a heavy based pan seal the meat till lightly golden.
Then add to a big casserole pot along with all the vegetables.
Now time for the stock and casserole mix yes I know you probably think its cheating but for 50p it adds lots more flavour and its not going to hurt I add this like the packet instructs me then add a beef oxo cube to 1 pint of boiling water and mix till dissolved add both of these to the beef and vegetables and mix altogether.
Place in the oven at 160′ with a lid on for 21/2 to 3 hours longer left the more tender the meat goes.
For the dumplings add the flour, salt, suet and herbs to a big bowl and combine together then add the water a little at a time till you have a nice sticky mixture not to sticky but enough to make balls out of i usually just add a little more flour to it to bring together.
Make 8 balls and then when ready add to the casserole for the last 20 mins.