A stew, in the cold winter months is such a nourishing family meal. The beauty behind it is that you can pop it on top of the cooker or in the oven and just forget about it for an hour or two and it will happily cook away.

Preparation time: 25 minutes

Cooking time: 120 minutes

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Serves: 4 people

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Herb Dumplings


  1. In a large saucepan heat a little oil. Add the stewing beef and fry quickly until coloured or sealed all over. Add the vegetables with the sealed beef and mix them well around and cook for 3-4 minutes until all the vegetables are coloured and glazed as well as the beef.
  2. Next, add the tomato puree and sprinkle the 30g flour. Stir to coat and colour the flour.
  3. Pour in the stock and allow to come to the boil and then reduce the heat to a gentle simmer and cook for 2 hours, covered until the meat and vegetables are tender and the sauce is a nice consistency.
  4. Meanwhile, make the dumpling. Mix the flour, salt, finely diced onion and fresh parsley together. Mix well.
  5. Gently stir in the buttermilk, do not add all the buttermilk at once because it may not take all of the liquid. Knead the dough very gently, just until it comes together and then cut out the dumplings using a pastry cutter. They should be no thicker that ¾ inch. leave them to set in the fridge until required.
  6. About ½ hour before the stew is ready, drop in the dumplings. Leave them to cook in the stew for about 25-30 minutes.
  • Veronica , 7 Oct 19

    5 stars rating
    The best stew ever
  • Claire W., 28 Sep 18

    4 stars rating
    Easy and delicious for so few ingredients.
  • Sile , 24 Aug 18

    5 stars rating
    So easy to follow Kevin thank you .
  • Denise, 5 Feb 18

    5 stars rating
    I made this in the slow cooker and left it cooking on low for hours. Very tasty. The kids loved it, rated it 10 out of 10.
  • Denise Farrell , 28 Nov 17

    5 stars rating
    This is a great dish and so easy to prepare, My family love it.
  • Chrissie Jones, 18 Nov 17

    5 stars rating
    Enjoy cooking Kevin Dundons reciipes always go down a treat
    Keep them coming
  • Michael , 10 Sep 17

    5 stars rating
    Absolutely delicious,no herbs or seasoning necessary.
    Dundon is a genius.

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