Slow Cooker Beef Stew and Dumplings

Slow Cooker Beef Stew and Dumplings

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Slow Cooker Beef Stew and Dumplings – this hearty stew packed with vegetables and topped with fluffy dumplings is the perfect comfort food.


Prep Time: 15 minutes 
Cook Time: hours 
Total Time: hours 15minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 667kcal


Beef Stew

  • 900 g (2 lbs) braising steak/ chuck steak , cubed
  • 2 tbsp flour seasoned with pinch salt and pepper
  • 480 ml (2 cups) hot beef stock (broth)
  • 80 ml (⅓ cup) red wine or dark ale or more beef stock
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar or Worcestershire sauce
  • 3 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • garlic cloves minced
  • 1 tsp salt
  • ½ tsp black pepper
  • 2 large onions , finely diced
  • 2 leeks , white parts only, sliced
  • 5 carrots , sliced
  • 4 parsnips , sliced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1 sprig rosemary
  • Fresh parsley , chopped, to garnish
  • Salt and pepper , as needed

Light Dumplings (suet free)

  • 125 g (1 cup) self raising flour
  • 125 g ( ½ cup) fat free yogurt
  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley or chives
  • 2 tbsp grated Parmesan
  • 1 tsp garlic granules
  • ½ tsp salt
  • water , as needed, to bind

Suet Dumplings

  • 125 g (1 cup) self raising flour
  • 125 g (1 cup) shredded suet or vegetable shortening
  • 1 tbsp chopped parsley or chives
  • 2 tbsp grated Parmesan
  • 1 tbsp horseradish or mustard
  • 1 tsp garlic granules
  • ½ tsp salt
  • cold water , as needed, to bind


Prepare the Stew

  • Toss the beef cubes with the seasoned flour to lightly coat.
  • Preheat the slow cooker on “HIGH”. Add the hot beef stock, red wine, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar (or Worcestershire sauce), garlic, tomato paste, salt and pepper. Give everything a good stir.
  • Add the onions, leeks, parsnips and carrots. Stir to combine.
  • Stir in the beef, add the bay leaves and rosemary and cook on HIGH for 5 hours (or on LOW for 8 hours).


Light Dumplings

  • Meanwhile prepare the dumplings: combine flour, herbs, Parmesan, salt and garlic granules in a bowl.
  • Stir in the yoghurt and then use your hands to briefly knead in the bowl until the dough comes together. Add a little water if it’s too dry and crumbly.
  • Divide the dough into 6-8 portions and roll into balls.

Suet Dumplings

  • Mix the flour, suet, salt, garlic granules, herbs and parmesan together in a bowl.
  • Slowly drizzle in cold water, a little at a time, mixing with your hands until the dough comes together and leaves the side of the bowl easily. Don’t overmix the dough, handle with a light touch for light and fluffy dumplings.
  • Divide the dough into 6-8 portions and roll into balls.

Finish cooking the stew

  • Give the stew a good stir. Remove and discard the bay leaves and rosemary.
  • Add the dumplings to the slow cooker, spaced slightly apart. Cover and cook for an additional hour with the lid on.
  • Taste and adjust the seasoning if needed. Garnish with the parsley and serve.

Nutritional Info

Calories: 667kcal | Carbohydrates: 69g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 25g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 103mg | Sodium: 2448mg | Potassium: 1532mg | Fiber: 9g | Sugar: 14g | Vitamin A: 9254IU | Vitamin C: 31mg | Calcium: 156mg | Iron: 6mg
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