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Beef Stew with Potato Dumplings Recipe

Beef Stew with Potato Dumplings
Source: Relish



  • 2 strips of bacon, diced
  • 2 pounds beef stew meat
  • 1 medium yellow onion, peeled and quartered
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 2 cups brown ale or red wine
  • 3 cups beef stock
  • 5 large carrots, skins left on, cut into 1/2 inch pieces
  • 12 medium cremini mushrooms top quartered
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 large Russet potatoes
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh thyme, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
6 servings


  • In a heavy Dutch oven over medium heat, cook bacon until lightly browned, about 3 minutes.
  • Pat beef with paper towels to remove moisture; if needed, cut pieces into bite sized chunks. Lightly season with salt and pepper.
  • Add to Dutch oven and stir. Cook 8 to 10 minutes over medium heat until lightly browned.
  • Add onions to Dutch oven and stir; cook for 1 minute. Add garlic, and bay leaves. Stir in ale and 2 cups of beef stock.
  • Lower heat to a low simmer; cover with a lid. Cook 1 1/2 – 2 hours or until the meat is very tender.
  • While the base of the stew is cooking, prepare the dumplings and remaining ingredients. Preheat oven to 425F.
  • Wash and pat potatoes dry; roll in foil. Bake 60 minutes; remove from oven and cool until able to handle.
  • Scoop flesh of potatoes from skins and place in large mixing bowl. Sprinkle flour over top.
  • Add beaten egg, olive oil, thyme and kosher salt. Mix well. Set aside.
  • Once meat is tender, add the carrots and mushrooms to the Dutch oven. Stir and cook for 30 minutes over low heat.
  • Add cornstarch to remaining 1 cup of beef stock and mix well with a fork. Pour into the stew and stir.
  • Drop tablespoon sized dumplings of potato mixture onto the beef stew, keep heat at a low simmer, and cook for 15 minutes. 
  • Lightly stirring every so often to prevent sticking. Season with additional salt and pepper if needed. Serve.



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