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.
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.
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.
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