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Beef & Guinness Stew with Dumplings

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Stew (£? a portion) time to table 3 Hours.

Ingredients (for 4)

2 * 375 g      aberdeen angus slow cook (400g or more diced stewing steak)
150     g      shallots
  3     cloves garlic    
  2     sticks celery
  4            field mushrooms
300     g      purple sprouting or tender stem broccoli
  1     can    guiness
500     ml     beef stock
100     g      suet
200     g      self raising flour
  6            dried bay leaves (fresh if possible)
  1     bunch  parsley
               ground nutmeg

Preheat oven to 180 degrees C (gas mark 4).

Place oven proof pot for all the ingriedients, just fits in a 24cm [4.2 litre] Casserole, on high heat on the hob with olive oil.

Mix the beef in salt and plain flour, just enough to coat the beef.

600g to 750 diced beef

Add beef to oven proof pot, fry until brown while … Chop Celery, peal Shallots, crack garlic under side of knive and remove outer.

150 g shallots
  3   garlic cloves
  2   sticks of celery

Peel mushrooms then quarter or cut in to big chunks.

Add the shallots, garlic, celery and bay leaves to the beef, turn the heat down and keep cooking for 10 minutes.

Add mushroom, guinness and stock. Place in oven for 1.5 hours.

1  can guiness
500 ml beef stock

Start to prepare the dumplings. mix suet, self-raising flour, salt and ground nutmeg in a medium mixing bowl. Adding splashes of water until the mixture startes becoming tacky if the mixture starts sticking to the bowl then you have added too much water.

Roll in balls half the size of a tomato, put in fridge until stew is ready.

Nothing to do for for next until time is up on stew ~1 hour.

Once the 1.5hours or longer has passed remove the stew from the oven. placing dumpling in to top of stew. place back in the oven for 30 minutes with the lid on OR 15 minutes with the lid on and a futher 15 minute with out the lid to crisp up the dumplings.

Dumplings after 15 minutes

In the last 5 minutes wash then boil the brocolli for 3-5 minutes. or Steam for 15-20 minutes.

300     g      purple sprouting or tender stem broccoli

Enjoy

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