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Beef Stew with Dumplings and using beer.

This was delicious. Serve with rice or cous cous.

Next time I make it, I would make double the dumpling mix. The dumplings were so delicious, that we all thought a few more would be good.

This is a definitely tasty and worth your time.

Different types of beer will give a different flavour. Not being a beer drinker, I went to the bottle shop and asked for there cheapest :-)

Well, Michael from the UK has kindly written to me and suggested his favorite beer for cooking. What do you think? What is your favorite?

I noted in your beef beer stew recipe you don't specify a particular brand of beer. I have been cooking beef in beer in my crock pot for over 8 years now and have tried nearly one hundred different beers and ales to try ad find the best.

My top 3 are 3rd guiness, 2nd Mathers Black beer and 1st by a mile THEAKSTONS OLD PECULIAR, which is not too sweet and gives a fantasticly rich flavour unlike any other I have tried.

Also I have added a dimmer to the supply of my slow cooker so I can cook for longer. Beef stews I usually cook for 24 to 30 hours! This results in the beef being incredably tender even if the cheapest cut of meat was used as any fat and grisle just dissolve a keep the meat moist. A nice joint to cook this way is rolled brisket.
Michael C - United Kingdom



AP has also sent me an email with a warning that too strong a beer will taste bitter after the long cooking time.

Hey guys, thanks for your website. I tried Beer Beef Stew with Dumplings with somewhat disastrous results. The stew smelled nice, but came out bitter. Searching the web, revealed I am not the only one with such an issue. Seemed that the "key" to selecting a beer is choosing, in-fact, the cheapest most watered down beer out there. So the fact that you are not a beer drinker worked in your favor. Beer with a lot of hops apparently makes the stew bitter to the point where people add prunes to sweeten down the taste.

Also, this is the second time that I try the dumpling recipe and they seem to sink into the gravy and do not come out very impressive. I have just started cooking using the crock pot so perhaps I need some more practice.

AP - United Statesm


And I'll try the dumplings again - just to be sure.
 
 


Beer Beef Stew with Dumplings

Ingredients
1¼ lb (500g) beef, cubed
3 tbsp all-purpose (plain) flour
2 onions, medium - sliced
½ pint (300ml) beer (ale)
2 tsp prepared mustard (paste)
1 tsp brown sugar
  salt and pepper
Dumplings
3 oz (85g) self-raising flour
1 oz (25g) butter
1 tsp dried herbs
pinch salt and pepper
2fl oz (50 ml) milk
Method
1 Put the flour in a plastic bag and add the beef. Toss around until coated.
2 You could now brown the meat if you desire - however we did not have time.
3 Put the beef and onion in the crock pot.
4 Mix the other ingredients together and pour over the beef.
5 Cook on low for 8-10 hours
6 Sometime during this period make the dumplings.
7 Combine all the ingredients, with sufficient milk (may need slightly more or less) to make a soft dough.
8 Shape into four to six balls.
9 About 40 minutes prior to serving, put the dumplings in the crock pot.
10 Turn on high, replace lid. And enjoy in 30-40 minutes.
Notes
Next time, I would make double the dumpling mix and make twice the number of dumplings.
The dumplings worked very well.


I have been desperately looking for an easy beef stew recipe for Sunday, and I love your slow cooker recipe.
Bethany

Thank you! I really like your website, it helps a ton in this pizza and chinese food enviroment!
Zach (colledge student)

 
       
       
 

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