Sunday, February 9, 2014

{Winter} Sunday Supper: Old-Fashioned Beef Stew and Dumplings


 I think I would be lost without my Dutch-oven. 
It is such a wonderful way to make a meal and just have it warm and ready on the stove.
This beef stew works perfectly in my well-used pot and is comfort food at its best.
You will love the delicious addition of light and airy dumplings on top.
This is definitely a whole meal in one, but a light vegetable side is complimentary.
It's a hearty meal and my boys like to go back for seconds and thirds :).




Old-Fashioned Beef Stew and Dumplings
{Serves 6}

1 1/2 lbs. stew beef
1 TBS. butter
1/4 cup all purpose flour
1 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. thyme
1/2 tsp. basil
1/4 tsp. pepper
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 onion, peeled and diced
1 cup chopped celery
3 medium carrots, peeled and chopped
3 large potatoes, peeled and cubed

Dumplings
 2 cups all purpose flour
1 TBS. baking powder
1/2 tsp. salt
1/2 tsp. baking soda
1 egg, beaten
3 TBS. butter, melted
2/3 cup buttermilk


In a bowl combine flour, salt, basil, thyme, and pepper.
Dredge the meat in flour mixture.
Meanwhile, melt 1 TBS. butter in the bottom of a Dutch oven and brown the meat, stirring constantly. 
Add enough boiling water to cover the meat and simmer for about 2 1/2 hours.
About 1 hour before serving, add vegetables and garlic.
Add dumplings on top about 15 minutes before serving.
Cover the pot tightly after adding the dough and do not open until 15 minutes has passed.
They will be a light golden color and flaky.

To make dumplings...
In a large bowl, sift flour with baking powder, salt, and baking soda.
Make a well in the middle of the mixture to pour the wet ingredients in.
In a small bowl, whisk egg, butter, and buttermilk.
Pour into the well and stir just enough to form a really heavy batter.
Don't over mix!
Drop by 1/4 cupfuls into hot stew 15 minutes before serving. 
Keep covered until 15 minutes has passed!


Enjoy!

~Julia

5 comments:

Cheyenne said...

julia, this looks so tasty. I am loving your hearty Sunday suppers on here. I like 'real food' that I don't have to drive an hour to search in a city grocery store for some funny ingredient. :)

This also makes me want to get a cast iron dutch oven...

which I know the whole subject of your blog is to be content with what we have. :) ha!

Teresa @ Simply Farmhouse said...

Hi Julia, I love your Sunday dinner post..what a great way to bring families closer. Looks yummy I will have to make this. Thank you for sharing.

Maureen Wyatt said...

A beef stew that has simmered on the stove for hours is the ultimate in comfort food. The dumplings take it to an even better level!

Amy at love made my home said...

I am not a "stew" person, but my husband would love this!! xx

Carol Blanchet said...

Beef stew is only 2nd to chicken pot pie on my comfort food list!! This looks DELISH!
I'm really enjoying your Sunday supper series. :-)
Blessings,
Carol
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