We are big fans of winter cooking and one of the best things about the cold weather is the change to come home to a fab home cooked meal and one of our family favorites is Beef and ale with crispy dumplings. It is something that both MadDad and I remember fondly from our childhood and thankfully the boys both love it too.
How to make Beef and ale with crispy Dumplings
Beef and ale with crispy dumplings
- 2 Onions
- Diced beef
- Flour and seasoning
- Can of guinness
- tablespoon Dash of worcestershire sauce or a of marmite
- Stock or water
- Cornflour or gravy granules
- For the Dumplings
- 100 g Vegetable suet
- 200 g Self raising flour
Take your flour and season with salt and pepper
Coat the diced beef in the flour
Fry the beef in the pan in small batches being sure to brown it well
Chop the onions and add to the pan with a small amount of oil and cook on low until translucent
Add the beef
Slice the carrots and add
Add the Guinness
Add a dash of Worcestershire Sauce or a tablespoon of Marmite (we are Marmite haters, but it is a great addition to this recipe and you can not taste it)
Cover the eat and veg with either stock or water by about 2 inches and add to an oven on around 170 degrees c for at least three hours, checking the stock levels regularly.
To Prepare your dumplings
Mix your dry ingredients together, I often add some dried herbs, chilli or even sesame or poppy seeds at this point too.
Add water mixing continuously with a fork until your mix starts to come together. Do not make it to wet.
Divide into eight dumplings (do not form in to hard balls, just gently shape them)
About 30 minutes before serving your dish, turn the oven up to 210 degrees C and add the dumplings and place the lid back on and cook for a further ten minutes, before removing the lid and cooking for 20 until crisp and golden brown
Serve either with fresh bread or lashings of mashed potatoes and something green.
I always make a big pan of this and then use the leftovers for steak pie the following week. We were sent one of Tesco’s Berndes Cast Iron Casserole dishes and we have been using it for the last three weeks and never having used cast iron before I would not be without it. It is so easy to clean and also holds the heat really well.
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Such a good recipe and fab for this time of year very warming.
Lancashire hot pot and not as often as we should. yum
I cook a stew of some description weekly.
Chciken Thatch pie – Weekly
I’ll do a sausage casserole most weeks.
I cook a roast with all the trimmings.
Steak and mushroom pie 2-3 times a month
Broth! I make it quite alot in our soup maker. It is lovely to take the kids and dog out for a long walk then come back to a nice bowl of broth! I use loads of hearty veg so it give us all our five a day!
Mince and tatties, as often as possible.
We love hearty stews too. I just discovered a new lamb and cashew curry which we’re going to have tomorrow night……probably we’ll eat this kind of thing once a week. Your recipe is so familiar, very similar to what I gew up with and make for my kids now too. Juliex
Corned-beef hash with beans. As often as possible.
My favourite winter meal must be chicken and mushroom stew with dumplings – we have it a couple of times a month. I add diced onions & herbs to the dumplings to make them extra tasty!
Wow that look delicious thanks for the recipe will give this go x
Beef stew and we’ll eat it about once a week
seafood pasta – eat it once a week!
I love to make a savoury mince dish with a mustardy crumble – delicious!
Three-mustard Sausage Stew – every few weeks in the winter.
Home made tomato soup with chunky cut tiger bread
I just love sausage casserole for winter teatimes. We have it once a week – it’s an easy weekday meal.
Beef stew and dumplings about once a month
I love making a biryani….dont eat it enough though! Say once a month?
sausage and bean casserole yummy
Beef stew with dumplins and big chunks of carrot and swede. . m’mmmm
Over Christmas and including Christmas dinner its curry as often as possible! In January/Feb we have alot of a quorn chilli that we’ve devised that tastes fantastic and we can cook in bulk and it helps us shed the xmas pounds!
I love a vegetable stir fry and rice but rarely get to eat it because my daughter is very very fussy.
Portuguese Pork, Bean and Chorizo Stew (Feijoada). I am genuinely eating it right now. I have been cooking it all day.
tomato soup and chunky bread whenever I’m feeling cold 🙂
i love staffordshire lobby on a cold winter’s day, we have it 1-2 times a month, great for leftovers 🙂
I love stew and dumplings, yummy 🙂
veg stew although i don’t cook it very often but would be easy to with this prize!
Shepherds Pie at least once a week 🙂
Chinese spiced beef stew with rice. We eat it all the time, at least once a week.
beef casserole – once a fortnight
Chicken and lentil soup and at least once a week with different veg added 🙂
Beef and Ale stew, once a fortnight
Your CommentsI like lamb hotpot from the slow cooker
Your Commentsausage casseroles
Anything hot if I’m honest.
Your Comments i love baked potatoes, cheese and bacon, and i would eat it every day but i only have it once every other week
sausage casserole and veg
A roast beef dinner – every couple of weeks!
It’s fish curry at the moment and we are having it once a week or so
My favourite is stew and dumplings, my daughter s favourite is shepherd pie and my granddaughter s favourite is spaghetti Bolognese we usually have each favourite once a week.Proper hearty wintery meals
Cottage pie or stew and dumplings
corned beef hash and we have it weekly
Shepherds pie once a week
Shepherds pie on a Wednesday night.
Stew, with scrag end and dumplings… about every fortnight
Slow Cooked Beef Casserole and we have it probably once a week.
Broccoli and stilton soup. I make it once a week. x
Soup (3 x a week)
A nice sausage and mash with lashings of gravy and peas, we eat it once a week
Lancashire Hot Pot
Chicken caserole once a week
Chicken or beef curry, once a week
homemade soup and daily
Sausage and chorizo stew!
Soup – several times a week!
Shepherd’s Pie, weekly
Sheppards pie – weekly!
sausage casserole and dumplings, we have it weekly in winter!
I love a good beef and ale, so versatile
Lamb Cawl, and every week on the coldest day!
Chilli – probably have it about once a week
Beef stew and dumplings and in the winter we have it at least once a week
beef casserole with chunky veg and rich gravy with dumplings. we try and have it once a week but if not then definitely every two weeks
Beef & ale stew & dumplings – fortnightly-ish!
beef casserole and we have it at least once a week
Beef Casserole is great, but we tend to eat local lamb, this makes a gorgeous casserole too.
We have French Beef about once a month
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I would have to say chicken soup and we have it numerous times a week
Homemade soup! Lots of good hearty veg to put some colour on your cheeks 🙂
My favourite winter meal would have to be a lamb casserole. So easy to make if you just bung it in the slow cooker! Served with a nice wedge of crusty bread
Veggie sausage and mash for me.
Spicy butternut squash stew – we eat it often as we grew load this year
beef stew and usually once a week in winter
Ohh this looks lovely! Great pictures, I particularly love the sound of crispy dumplings 😀
Beef casserole. No more than once a week or I get bored of it!
perfect for my kitchen
I love casseroles. A perfect warming food for those cold winter nights.
I’ll do a sausage casserole once a month
Would love this!
Stew – we have it once a week 🙂
Beef stew and Dumplings, 3 or 4 times a year
chicken cassarole- have it every few weeks in winter
beef stew for the winter night
Minestrone soup! Once every few weeks x
Veg stew and dumplings 😀 😀 yummy!!
Slow Cooked Chilli with Brisket – have it every few weeks
Beef casserole and dumplings which I make in the slow cooker. Its my husband’s favourite and depending on the food budget we usually have it at least once a month during the winter
Chicken Tagine, every time I’m entertaining.
A chilli and baked potato, every two weeks
Favourite meal has to be Groaty Pudding!
A tagine of some kind once a month
Mince and dumplings definitely 😉
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