Lamb stew with dumplings

Lamb stew and dumplings

Sometimes, all you need in wintertime is a good wholesome bowl of hearty stew. The very kind your mum or gran would serve up. No fancy accompaniments, just good old ‘stick to the ribs’ fare that’ll warm both heart and soul.

Every family has their own ‘must haves’ when it comes to the staples like stew and dumplings, and this is my version, but feel free to adjust to your own taste. Pretty much any root vegetable will work wonderfully and you can sub the lamb for beef if you prefer. Please also experiment with different herbs and spices, I’ve kept my stew quite simple but given it a bit of pizzaz with a dash of red wine which gave it a wonderful richness.

Ingredients

Stew
300g thickly sliced bacon, diced
1kg boneless lamb shoulder, cut into 2 inch chunks
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup plain flour
2 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
1 large onion, peeled and finely chopped
1/2 cup water
4 cups beef or lamb stock
2 tsp sugar
4 large carrots, cut into 1 inch chunks
4 large potatoes, peeled and cut into 1 inch chunks
1 tsp dried thyme
1 bay leaf
1/2 cup red wine

Dumplings
125g plain flour, plus extra for dusting
1 tsp baking powder
pinch salt
60g suet
water, to make a dough

Method

Using a large casserole dish or pot, saute the bacon,remove and set aside, reserving the bacon fat. In a large mixing bowl place the lamb, salt, pepper, and flour. Toss to coat the meat evenly. In batches, toss the meat in the flour to coat evenly, then brown in the reserved bacon fat.

Add the garlic and onion to the pan and cook until the onion begins to color a bit. Deglaze the frying pan with 1/2 cup of water and add the garlic-onion mixture to the casserole, along with the reserved bacon pieces, beef stock, and sugar. Add the carrots, onions, potatoes, thyme, bay leaf, and wine to the pot and simmer for 2 1/2 hours, or until tender.

Half an hour before the end of cooking, add the dumplings. To make the dumplings, sift the flour, baking powder and salt into a bowl. Add the suet and enough water to form a thick dough. With floured hands, roll spoonfuls of the dough into small balls. Gently place the dumplings on top of the stew and cover with a lid before simmering for the remaining half hour. Check for salt and pepper before serving.

Serves 4

 

 

11 Comments

  1. g time

    I have read so many content concerning the blogger lovers except this piece
    of writing is truly a fastidious piece of writing, keep it up.

  2. she g

    Usually I don’t read post on blogs, but I wish to say that this write-up very compelled me to take a look at and do it!
    Your writing taste has been amazed me. Thank you, very nice post.

  3. g me

    Hello! Do you use Twitter? I’d like to follow you if that would be
    okay. I’m absolutely enjoying your blog and look forward to new updates.

  4. g https://tinyurl.com/rsacwgxy

    I’m not that much of a internet reader to be honest but your sites
    really nice, keep it up! I’ll go ahead and bookmark your website to come back later on. Cheers

  5. http://tinyurl.com/ybmls572

    Why people still use to read news papers when in this technological
    globe everything is presented on web?

  6. twittbot.net

    Hello There. I found your weblog using msn.
    This is a really smartly written article. I’ll make sure to bookmark
    it and come back to learn more of your useful information. Thanks for the post.
    I will definitely comeback.

  7. tinyurl.com

    What a material of un-ambiguity and preserveness of valuable experience about
    unpredicted emotions.

  8. cbd oil that works 2020

    My partner and I absolutely love your blog and
    find many of your post’s to be precisely what I’m looking
    for. can you offer guest writers to write content for you personally?
    I wouldn’t mind producing a post or elaborating on most of the subjects you write with regards to here.
    Again, awesome site!

  9. cbd oil that works 2020

    I’ve been browsing online more than three hours nowadays,
    yet I by no means found any fascinating article like yours.
    It is pretty worth sufficient for me. Personally, if all website owners and bloggers made just right content material as you probably did, the internet can be a lot more helpful than ever before.

  10. cbd oil that works 2020

    Thanks for a marvelous posting! I seriously enjoyed reading it, you may be a great author.

    I will be sure to bookmark your blog and definitely will come back down the road.
    I want to encourage one to continue your great job, have a nice afternoon!

  11. cbd oil that works 2020

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts. I truly appreciate your efforts and I will be waiting for your further
    post thanks once again.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.