Saturday, 19 October 2013

Beef shin stew with Parmesan dumplings

There's nothing better for dinner when its all cold outside then a good stew! Maybe its the northerner in me but i just love stew and especially one with dumplings mmmmm.

This recipe from Simply Delicious is really tasty and the parmesan dumplings are a nice twist on regular dumplings.

One of the main things i love about stews is you can bung it all in the oven or your slow cooker and dinner is really ready when you are! Perfect when you have a busy day, or if you put it in the slow cooker before you went to work dinner would be ready when you get home!

So here's the recipe, hope you enjoy it!

Beef shin stew with Parmesan dumplings
Recipe type: Stew, Dinner,
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Serves: 4-6
for the stew
  • 1kg beef shin
  • 1 onions, finely chopped
  • 1 celery stick, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1x400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 250ml red wine
  • 2 tins (use the tomato tin) beef stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 5 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 250g portabellini mushrooms, halved
  • salt & pepper to taste
for the Parmesan dumplings
  • 125g butter
  • 250g flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ cup Parmesan, grated
  • 100ml milk
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  1. To make the stew, season the beef shin with salt and pepper and sear in a heavy-based pot in a splash of oil until browned on both sides.
  2. Remove the shin from the pot and set aside.
  3. In the same pot, fry the onion, celery and carrots until soft and fragrant.
  4. Add garlic and fry for another 30 seconds.
  5. Pour in the chopped tomatoes, tomato paste, sugar, wine and soy sauce and allow to come up to a simmer.
  6. Add the beef back into the pot and pour in the beef stock, add the bay leaf and thyme.
  7. Turn the heat down and cover with a lid. Allow to simmer for 2 hours until the beef is soft.
  8. Add the mushrooms and allow to cook for 10 minutes uncovered then adjust the seasoning to taste.
  9. To make the dumplings, place the butter, flour, baking powder, salt and Parmesan in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until the mixture resembles rough breadcrumbs.
  10. With the motor running, pour in the milk slowly until the mixture comes together in a ball.
  11. Remove and form dumplings, just slightly smaller than golf balls.
  12. Place the dumplings on top of the stew and cover with the lid. Allow to steam for 10 minutes. (Make sure the stew is simmering gently otherwise the dumplings will fall apart.)
  13. When the dumplings are cooked through, remove the lid and serve immediately.

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