St Patrick's Day recipe: Grass-Fed Beef Irish Stew With Herby Dumplings

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St Patrick's Day isn't just about's about tasty tasty food too!

St Patricks day irish stew recipe
Get in the St Patrick's Day spirit with some traditional Irish fodder - starting with this meaty beef stew with dumplings.

If you want to go double carb, a good dollop of mash would go down a storm with this.

Grass-Fed Beef Stew With Herby Dumplings

Serves 12

4 tbsp sunflower oil
500g shallots or button onions, peeled
1 large onion, sliced
4 carrots, cut into 2.5cm pieces
1 tbsp sugar
65g plain flour
1.5kg grass-fed chuck steak or grass-fed braising steak, cut into 6-7cm chunks
75g butter
1 litre Irish stout
300ml beef stock
The leaves from 3 large sprigs thyme
4 fresh bay leaves
4 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
250g chestnut mushrooms, wiped clean and left whole
250g field mushrooms, wiped clean and thickly sliced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Herby dumplings or mashed potatoes, to serve


Heat 2 tablespoons of oil in a large, flameproof casserole. Add the shallots or small onions and fry until they are nicely browned all over. Set aside on a plate. Add the onions, carrots and sugar and fry until nicely browned. Set aside with the shallots.

Put the flour into a large bowl and season well with salt and pepper. Add the beef and toss together well. Heat another 2 tablespoons of oil in the casserole and fry the beef in batches until nicely browned on all sides. Set each batch aside with the vegetables as it browns.

Add 25g of the butter to the casserole and stir in the remaining seasoned flour from the bowl. Gradually stir in the stout, rubbing the base of the pan to release all the caramelised juices. Stir in the stock, followed by the beef and vegetables, thyme leaves, bay leaves, Worcestershire sauce and some seasoning. Bring to the boil, part-cover and leave to simmer very slowly on the top of the stove for 1½ hours.

Melt the remaining butter in a large frying pan, add the mushrooms and fry briskly for 2 minutes. Stir them into the casserole, part-cover, and simmer for another 1 hour until the beef is tender.

Herby dumplings
Serves 6

100g self-raising flour
A large pinch baking powder
¼ tsp salt
50g shredded beef suet
The leaves from 2 sprigs thyme
Approx.100ml cold water
Salt and freshly ground black pepper


Sift the flour, baking powder, salt and a little pepper into a bowl and stir in the suet and thyme leaves. Stir in enough cold water to make a soft, slightly sticky dough.

Using a spoon, divide the dough roughly into 6 pieces and drop onto the top of the simmering stew 25 minutes before the end of cooking. Recover and leave to cook until fluffed up and cooked through. A fine skewer, pushed into centre of a dumpling, should come out clean.

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