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Beef Stew with Carrots, Leafy Celery and Lovage Potato Dumpling
Recipe No. 5

Beef Stew with Carrots, Leafy Celery and Lovage Potato Dumpling

For the coldest autumn evenings, tuck into a rich stew, loaded with tender beef, vegetables, and a flavourful broth, all topped with fluffy potato dumplings.

Served with freshly picked greens on top, it is the perfect comfort food and an instant family classic.

Prep Time
20 minutes
Cooking time
1h 50 minutes
Serves
6
Recipe image by Alicja Sieronski
Photo by Alicja Sieronski

Ingredients

Stew

  • 2 lbs chucksteak, cubed
  • 1 lb carrots, scrubbed and cut into 2 inch chunk
  • 2-4 tablespoons of oil
  • 1 table spoon all purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons of paprika
  • ¾ lb baby onions, halved or two medium size onions, sliced
  • 6 cloves of garlic, left whole
  • 2 tablespoons tomato purée
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 heaped tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 small glass of red wine
  • 3 cups of beef stock
  • 1-2 tea spoons sea salt
  • Lots of freshly ground black pepper
  • 1-2 handfuls leafy celery, torn
  • 2 tablespoons of lovage leaves, chopped

Dumplings

  • 2 lbs potatoes, Russet, Idaho or Maris Piper
    (best for mash)
  • ⅓ cup of butter, melted
  • 1 cup self raising flour
  • ⅓ cup buttermilk, alternatively milk
  • 1 tablespoon of lovage, finely chopped
  • Sea salt

WHAT ELSE YOU’LL NEED

  • Deep Casserole dish or Dutch oven with a lid
  • Potato ricer or masher
Recipe image by Alicja Sieronski
Photo by Alicja Sieronski

Instructions

Preheat the oven to 160°C / 320°F / gas mark 3.

Heat 1 table spoon of oil in a deep casserole dish or Dutch oven until very hot and brown the meat on all sides. Do this in 2 to 3 batches heating more oil each time.

Use a slotted spoon or tongs to lift the meat out of the pot before setting it aside on a plate.

Add the onions and garlic cloves to the empty pot and sauté until lightly caramelised. Add more oil if necessary.

Sprinkle over 1 tablespoon flour mixed with 2 teaspoons of paprika and cook, stirring for 1 minute.

Add tomato purée, balsamic vinegar, mustard, red wine and stir.

Now add the stock and stir again before adding the carrots and beef. Pour the beef juices back into the pot too.

Season well with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper, put the lid on and place in the preheated oven for 1 hour.

Meanwhile, peel, wash and half the potatoes if necessary.

Bring a large saucepan of water to the boil and cook the potatoes until soft. Drain well and let cool slightly.

Use a ricer or masher to make a smooth mash.

Add butter, buttermilk, flour and lovage and mix well. Check seasoning.

After one hour, take the stew out of the oven, lift the lid and place leafy celery on top. Replace lid and put it back in the oven for 10 minutes, until the greens are wilted.

Meanwhile, form 12 round dumplings out of the potato mash mixture.

After 10 minutes, take the stew out of the oven again. Stir the celery in and place dumplings on top.

Put the stew back in the oven, and cook with no lid for further 20 to 30 minutes.

Before serving, sprinkle some freshly picked and chopped celery leaves on top.

Enjoy!

Recipe image by Alicja Sieronski
Photo by Alicja Sieronski
Finished recipe image by Alicja Sieronski
Photo by Alicja Sieronski

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