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Beef Casserole with dumplings (classic)

Updated on November 7, 2010

Beef Casserole with dumplings (classic)

Living on my own I do love to cook, just every day cooking, nothing special. I’ve always loved to cook ever since I was at school, many years ago. It seems that this generation have lost how to cook the basic recipes, which is a shame.

This is how I would cook a Beef casserole, In the UK so if you’re reading this from some other county please bear this in mind. It will take 20 minutes to prepare and 3 hours to cook from going in the oven. This is easy to cook and lovely to taste, just want you need in the winter months. I find myself want to eat it as it cooking, as it smell lovely.


What you will need for your beef casserole

· Good size ovenproof dish

· Frying pan

· Measuring jug

· 1lb or 500g of braising beef

· 3 Carrots

· 3 or 4 Small potatoes

· 1 Onion

· 2 Beef stock cube’s

· Salt

· Black Pepper

· Thyme

· Parsley

· 4oz (100g) Suet

· 1oz (25g) Plain flour

· 2oz (50g) Self-raising flour

· 5 tablespoons of cold water

· Vegetable Oil

How to cook


Preheat the oven to 150c/300f or gas mark 2 while the oven is getting to temperature you can make a start on getting everything ready. I buy almost everything from Tesco as it’s only just down the road from me. You could buy your meat from a local butcher if you wanted to.

·         Cut and dice the meat, removing any excess fat

·         Peel the carrots and then slice them

·         Cut the potatoes in quarters leaving the skins on

Place the diced meat in to a dish and sprinkle plain flour over and coat the meat with flour. Using the frying pan heat the vegetable oil until hot, once hot place the meat in and brown on all sides. Place the slice onion, carrots and potatoes into the ovenproof dish add the browned meat. Dissolve 2 beef stock cubes in a pint of boiling water, pour over the meat and the vegetables, and add salt pepper, thyme and parsley to taste. Put into the oven and cook for about 2½ - 3 hours.



4oz of suet and 2oz of self-raising flour and 5 tablespoons of water, mix together, divide into small balls you should get 8 out of the mix. Bring the casserole from out the oven and stir place in the suet dumpling into the casserole. Spoon over some of the liquid let them cook for 20-25 minutes.

Bring out from the oven and enjoy mmmmmm lovely. This should serve up to 4 people, if you wanted to you could add mushroom to give it more taste.


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    • RhondaHumphreys1 profile image

      Rhonda Humphreys 

      6 years ago from Michigan

      In the states we call this beef stew but we don't put the dumplings in it. However the next time I make it I will have to try making your dumplings. This sounds wonderful!!

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      6 years ago

      I am polish,lived in UK from couple of years and I love proper english food. Your recipe look very simple and "tasty". I will cook this today:)

    • Arren123 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from UK

      Thank you Jan and Audrey

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      Jan Peter 

      6 years ago

      Excelent, very clear with the step by step pictures.

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      Audrey Howitt 

      6 years ago from California

      Love the dumplings--I am a vegetarian--so I wonder if I could make this happen in a veggie style dish--anyway you gave me ideas!

    • Arren123 profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from UK

      Thank you Robin, sorry no there isn't any, but next time I'll save some for you :)

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      6 years ago

      Looks so yummy......Is there any left?????

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      7 years ago

      looks lovely - a lot like mine

      add some bacon (browned in the frypan) and perhaps some garlic for extra tasty

      its amazing how ordinary ingredients make for amazing!

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      7 years ago

      looks sooooooo yummie gonna be cooking it tonight !!!!!!!!


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