Beef casserole and dumplings

Never was there a more ‘English’ recipe… we loved this awesome casserole topped with herby dumplings.

IngredientsMince & Dumplings

  • 500g minced beef
  • 16 button onions (I used 2 normal onions)
  • 2 carrots thickly sliced
  • 2 celery sticks thickly sliced
  • 1 pint stock
  • 2 tbsp plain flour
  • salt and ground black pepper

Ingredients for dumplings

  • 1 cup/ 4oz shredded vegetable suet
  • 4 tbsp plain flour
  • 1tbsp chopped parsley (optional)


  • Preheat oven to 180C/350F/Gas Mark 4
  • fry off beef for 5 min until brown and sealed
  • Add onions (chopped roughly if you use normal onions) and fry over moderate heat for 5 minutes, stirring all the time
  • Stir in the sliced carrots, the celery and the flour, then cook for a further 1 minute
  • Add the stock and season to taste with salt and pepper, bring to the boil, cover and cook in the oven for 1 hour 15 min.
  • For the dumplings, mix together the suet, flour and fresh parsley… add enough water to form a smooth dough
  • Roll the dumpling mixture into eight equal-sized balls and place them around the top of the casserole. Return the casserole, uncovered, to the oven for another 20 minute.
  • Gorgeous served with broccoli…YUM!

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