Fruity Beef Casserole with Parmesan Herb Dumplings

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A delicious winter casserole with beef, onions, plum jam & a dash of chilli. I doubled-up the receipe and slow cooked for about 4 hours then served with sweet potato, broccoli and dumplings. Freezes well.

Preparation time: 20 minutes
Cooking time: 3-4 hours

Difficulty: Easy - for beginners
Serves: About 8?


• 40ml (2 tbs) olive oil
• 1kg chuck steak
• 2 onions, thinly sliced
• 2 carrots, peeled, sliced
• 2 garlic cloves, crushed
• 1 tbs tomato paste
• 1 heaped tbs plain flour
• 1/2 tsp chilli powder
• 1 lemon, zested plus 1 tbs juice
• 375ml (1 1/2 cups) beef stock
• 1/2 cup plum jam

For Dumplings...
• 50g butter
• 2 cups (300g) self-raising flour
• 1/2 cup (45g) parmesan
• Fresh chopped herbs eg tarragon, parsley
• 3/4 cup (185ml) milk.


Preheat oven to 170°C.
Heat the olive oil in a large ovenproof casserole dish over medium heat.
Add the beef, in batches, and cook until browned all over.
Transfer to a plate and set aside to rest.

Add the onion to the pan and cook, stirring, for 1-2 minutes until softened.
Add the carrot, garlic, tomato paste, flour and chilli powder.
Stir to combine and cook for a further minute.

Add the lemon rind and lemon juice, beef stock and plum jam
(the liquid needs to just cover the meat so add a little water or extra stock if necessary).

Season well with salt and pepper and bring to the boil, then place in the preheated oven and cook for 3-4 hours until the beef is tender.


Preheat oven to 200°C. Rub 50g butter into 2 cups (300g) self-raising flour.
Stir in 1/2 cup (45g) parmesan, herbs and 3/4 cup (185ml) milk.
Do not roll – just put lumpy spoonfuls on top of the cooked beef and then bake for 20 minutes.


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