Easy Beef Stew & Crispy Dumplings Recipe

Easy Beef Stew & Crispy Dumplings Recipe | DIY Joy Projects and Crafts Ideas

Image Credit: John Kirkwood via YouTube


Here’s a heavy meal that you can make and share with your family! It only take a few simple steps to make, plus it is super delicious too. Watch this video tutorial by John Kirkwood on YouTube, then go and check your kitchen for the ingredients that you may already have available so that you can give this recipe a try.



Beef Stew

  • 2 pounds of beef
  • 1 pint of beef stock
  • 1 pint of strong brown ale or stout
  • 2 large carrots, chopped into large pieces
  • 1 small turnip or swede, cubed
  • 1 large leek, sliced, divided
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 4 cloves of garlic, chopped
  • ½ tsp of dried thyme
  • ¼ tsp of freshly ground pepper
  • ½ tsp of salt
  • 3½ ounces of Plain Flour / All Purpose Flour
  • 2 heaped tsp of Corn flour or corn starch mixed with 2/3 cup of cold water


  • 10½ ounces of self-rising flour
  • 2 tsp of baking powder (if you are using plain or all purpose flour, use 4 tsp of baking powder)
  • 6 ounces of full cream or semi skimmed milk
  • 2 ounces of butter
  • 3½ ounces of beef or vegetable suet
  • 1 large egg
  • 3½ ounces of finely chopped leek


Step 1

Slice the beef into large and thick chunks, then place it in a large mixing bowl, add the flour, and then toss them around until well coated. Place a pan on a stove over medium heat, then heat up about ½ tablespoon of vegetable oil, and start cooking the floured beef in batches to not overcrowd them. Let the beef cook until nice and brown, remove the meat, and pour a bit of stock to deglaze the pan. By this time, you can now preheat your oven to 320°F. Place a dutch oven on a stove over medium heat, coat the bottom with a little bit of vegetable oil, then saute the vegetable followed by the cooked meat, and give them a good mix. Season them with ground pepper and kosher salt, then add the chopped garlic, dried thyme, and 1 pint of strong brown ale or stout. Bring the stew to a boil, then put it in the preheated oven.

Easy To Make Beef Stew & Crispy Dumplings
Image Credit: John Kirkwood via YouTube


Step 2

Now to make the dumplings, start off by chopping the leftover leeks into smaller pieces, then set them aside. In a large mixing bowl, mix together the flour, baking powder, and butter. Incorporate the butter into the flour using your hands until uniform, then mix in the chopped leeks, and add the beef or vegetable suet. Beat together the egg and milk before adding them to the flour mixture, mix them together until they are well combined and sticky. Cover it and let it rest until needed. In a mixing cup or bowl, mix together flour and cold water, then set it aside. Grab the dumpling mixture, then scoop it out and onto the stew, and put them in the pot as even as possible. Put it back in the oven uncovered if you want crispy dumplings and covered if you want soft dumplings. Raise the temperature to 356°F and let it cook for about 30 minutes.

How To Make Beef Stew & Crispy Dumplings
Image Credit: John Kirkwood via YouTube


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Easy Beef Stew & Crispy Dumplings Recipe

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