“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.
- 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.