– Slow Sunday –
A Winter’s Walk Beef and Carrot Stew with Herb Crusted Dumplings
I named this A Winter’s Walk Beef Stew, as it is JUST the kind of hearty and welcoming meal to come back to after a cold and energetic winter’s walk, through the snow as it has been lately. The dumplings are baked for the last 20 minutes on top of the stew and are deliciously crisp and golden, but still fluffy and light underneath. This can be made with minced beef as well as braising/stewing steak or chuck steak. I have allowed two dumplings per person here – but please adapt the quantities to suit; we always find two dumplings each very satisfying as well as being totally necessary after de-booting and knocking the icicles of your hands and nose. There is no need to serve much else with this filling and comforting stew, maybe some steamed cabbage, mashed potatoes or greens would be nice…..or a few extra carrots. This serves four people with very generous helpings, however, you may need a walk AFTERWARDS, or a post-prandial nap….I leave the post stew activity up to you. A nice glass of robust red (wine) or a pint of ale would be great accompaniments, or if the mood suits, a cup of tea………This can be made in a slow cooker (crock pot) up to the dumpling stage and then the stew can be put into an ovenproof dish and baked with the dumplings. Likewise, if you are going for a pre-dinner walk – make the stew right up to the dumpling stage, and then finish off when you get home…….don’t forget your scarves, hats and gloves and make sure you stoke the fire up too.
This big beefy recipe is being entered into my Slow Sunday Blog Hop that can be found here: Slow Sunday Blog Hop. Every week you can add ANYTHING that is considered slow and comforting, the sort of food you would cook on a lazy and slow Sunday. There are some lovely recipes that have been added already, and it’s a great way to share delicious food. I am shooting off for now, I will be back tomorrow with some romantic recipes, both savoury and sweet treats……see you later, Karen.