Beef Stew with Mushroom and Herb Dumplings

Beef Stew with Mushroom and Herb Dumplings

serves 4-6


  • 900 g (2 lb) lean Scotch Beef stewing steak, cut into 1.25 cm (1/2 ") cubes

  • 15 ml (1 tbsp) olive oil

  • 1 onion, peeled and chopped

  • 1 stick celery, chopped

  • 150 g (6 oz) button mushrooms

  • 1 clove garlic, crushed

  • 30 ml (2 tbsp) tomato puree

  • 15 ml (1 tbsp) balsamic vinegar

  • 150 ml (1/4 pt) red wine

  • 500 ml (1 pt) beef stock

  • 1 sprig fresh thyme

  • 150 g (6 oz) button onions, peeled

  • Dumplings

  • 250 g (10 oz) self raising flour

  • 100 g (4 oz) suet

  • 45 ml (3 tbsp) fresh parsley, chopped

  • 15 ml (1 tbsp) fresh thyme, chopped

  • 50 g (2 oz) fresh mushrooms, finely chopped or dried mushrooms soaked in warm water for 20 minutes

  • 250 ml (1/2 pt) cold milk

Cooking Method

Temperature: Gas mark 4, 180 C, 350 F

  1. Heat the oil in a pan and seal the beef. Add the chopped onion, celery, mushrooms and cook for 2-3 minutes. Add the crushed garlic, tomato puree, vinegar and red wine.
  2. Reduce, then add the beef stock, thyme and button onions and simmer on a low heat for 1 1/2-2 hours. Or place in a casserole dish and cook at Gas mark 4, 180 C, 350 F.
  3. Mushroom Dumplings: Sift the flour, add the suet, parsley and thyme. Add mushrooms and milk to flour mixture and mix to a soft dough, taking care not to over mix. Flour your hands and form the mixture into thumb sized dumplings. Drop them into simmering casserole and cook, uncovered for 10 – 12 minutes.

Serving suggestions

Serve with whole baby carrots.

Where can I buy Scotch Beef, Scotch Lamb and Specially Selected Pork?

Scotch Beef, Scotch Lamb PGI and Specially Selected Pork are available at most supermarkets, usually at the butcher counter. Just ask the counter staff if you’re not sure.

You can also buy Scotch Beef PGI, Scotch Lamb PGI and Specially Selected Pork at independent butchers.

Find your nearest at our sister site below.

Scotch Butchers Club

If you’re not in the mood for cooking, Scotch Beef PGI is also served at many quality restaurants. Find one near you at our sister site below.

Scotch Beef Club

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