Beer Beef Casserole & Beer Dumplings

Beer Beef Casserole & Beer Dumplings

“This is a genius way of making a small amount of stewing beef stretch to feed a larger crowd. The dumplings are a filling addition to your casserole and when served with a selection of green veggies – should satisfy any family or crowd of visitors.” – Philippa Cameron, from What’s For Smoko. This is a wonderfully hearty dish created for us by country gal Philippa who runs one of our favourite accounts, What’s For Smoko. She knows how to feed a hard working team and a Biroix Dutch Oven works as hard as you do, making it a staple in every farmer’s kitchen.

Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

What you need – Casserole:

  • 1 kg of beef stewing steak (choose your cut)
  • ¼ cup of plain flour
  • Salt and pepper
  • 2 onions, finely sliced
  • 1-2 cloves of garlic
  • 2 dollops of butter
  • 1½ cups of beer 
  • 1 tbsp of golden syrup (or treacle)
  • 1 tbsp of brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 10 grams of instant gravy powder (approx. 1 heaped tablespoon)

What you need – Beer Dumplings:

  • 2 cups of self-raising flour
  • ½ cup of freshly cut herbs (parsley, thyme or rosemary)
  • 25 grams of melted butter
  • 1 cup of beer (your choice

How to make - Casserole:

  • Preheat your oven to 160°C.
  • Place the flour and a good grind of salt and pepper into a medium sized bowl.
  • Cut your beef into chunks and toss them in the flour mixture.
  • Set aside.
  • Heat up your Biroix Dutch Oven and drop in a dollop of butter.
  • Soften your onions and garlic, and remove them before they brown.
  • Add another dollop of butter to your Biroix Dutch Oven and sear the beef in two batches until it browns.
  • Return all the beef with the onions and garlic to your Biroix Dutch Oven.
  • Pour in the beer and use a flat wooden spoon or spatula to get all the goodness off the sides of your Biroix Dutch Oven – this will help make a yummy gravy (and assist cleaning later on).
  • Add the golden syrup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and gravy powder.
  • Cook for an hour, stirring every now and then.
How to make - Dumplings:
  • After the casserole has cooked you can make your dumpling dough.
  • Place the self-raising flour and freshly cut up herbs into a small bowl.
  • Make a well in the centre and add your melted butter and beer.
  • Use your dough whisk to combine the ingredients into a soft dough.
  • Place spoonfuls of the dumpling mixture around the top of the casserole in your Biroix Dutch Oven, and return to the oven for another 25 minutes.
  • Serve with steamed vegetables.