Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Beef Beer Stew (with dumplings)

One of my favourite food blogs to visit is Not Quite Nigella. She has some great suggestions on where to eat and also makes some fantastic meals. This Beef Beer Stew was one of them.

I had actually made this a couple of weekends ago when the weather was pretty bad - cold, wet and dreary. This stew was perfect comfort food. It was so enjoyable that we ate it all (2 people) in one sitting, that's a lot of stew! We did halve the stew quantity (not the dumpling quantity though), what can I say? We are piggies!

After 1 1/2 hours of cooking the beef stew, I added the dumplings

The dumplings soaked up all the moisture from the stew and doubled in size

It was 4 dumplings each by the end of our very full dinner....and they expanded even more after an hour....stomachs were well and truly stretched to the max
I used Carlton Draught beer
If you get a chance, please do try it. It's a very simple and easy to follow recipe and it tastes superb.
Thank you NQN for posting up this recipe. I've placed it permanently in my winter comfort food archive : )


  1. Oh YAYYY I'm so glad that you liked it! :D I';m overjoyed and so chuffed that you have included it in your regular Winter meals :D It's one of those crowd pleasers when the winds are howling and you just can't get warm enough :)

  2. Hehe. I liked that you halved everything except the dumplings. I would've done that too. I can't get enough of my dumplings! Looks perfect for winter!

  3. Yum! This looks like a wonderful heartyy dinner for a cold night Bren.

  4. Hi NQN - Thanks for dropping by. Yep definitely a crowd pleaser!

    Hello Betty - Hehehe I love my carbs....guess you do too ;)

    Hi Cakelaw - It was! I'll be making it again when the weather is bad again. Looks like that might be next winter. Woo hoo sunny sunny days are here again

  5. Yum.. Girl you rock!! I don't have to taste it and I know it's great!!

    xo Steph

  6. Hey Steph - Awww thanks! I think the beer helps LOL!