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Stew Recipes

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Beef Stew with Newcastle Brown Ale and Dumplings

Servings: 6 to 8

2 pounds, 3 ounces shin of beef (or use flank or neck), chopped into chunks
3 tablespoons flour
olive oil
3 red onions, peeled, halved and roughly sliced
1 ¾ ounces pancetta or bacon, chopped
3 sticks celery, chopped
1 small handful rosemary, leaves picked from stem
5 cups Newcastle Brown ale or other dark ale
2 parsnips, peeled and roughly chopped
2 carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
4 potatoes, peeled and roughly chopped
Sea salt and freshly ground pepper

For the Dumplings:
1 ¾ cups self-rising flour
½ cup butter
a good pinch of salt and pepper
2 sprigs rosemary, chopped

Season the beef, sprinkle with the flour and toss around until well coated. Heat up a frying pan until it is good and hot, add a little olive oil and fry the beef in 2 batches until nice and brown. Transfer the meat to a big casserole, one that is suitable to go on a stovetop burner, mixing in the flour that was left on the plate after coating it. Put the casserole on a medium heat, add the onions and pancetta, and cook until the onions are translucent and the pancetta has a bit of color. Add your celery and rosemary. Now you can pour in your ale and 1 ¼ cups of water, adding your parsnips, carrots and potatoes. (Feel free to add whatever veg you like at this stage.) Bring to the boil, put a lid on, turn down the heat and leave it to simmer while you make the dumplings, which are choice.

Blitz the dumpling ingredients in a blender or rub between your fingers till you have a breadcrumb consistency, then add just enough water to make a dough that isn't sticky. Divide it into ping-pong-ball-sized dumplings and put these into the stew, dunking them under. Put the lid back on and leave it to cook for 2 hours. Taste it, season it as you like, and then serve the stew with some greens and loads of bread to mop up the juices.


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