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English beef and ale stew with horseradish dumplings

There are few things better in winter than a hearty stew.
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2H 45M
3H

This decidedly English version is made even more delicious by using rich dark ale for both colour and flavour.

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Ingredients

HORSERADISH DUMPLINGS

Method

1.

Heat 1 Tbsp of the oil in a large heavy-based saucepan over a high heat. Add 1⁄2 of the beef and cook, turning, for 5 minutes or until browned all over. Transfer to a plate. Repeat with 1 Tbsp of the remaining oil and remaining beef. Transfer to a plate.

2.

In same pan, heat remaining oil and add vegetables, garlic and bay leaves. Cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until softened.

3.

Stir in tomato paste and flour. When mixture begins to stick to base of pan, pour in ale. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, then return beef to pan. Add stock and season. Cover and cook for 2 hours or until meat is just tender.

4.

Meanwhile, to make the horseradish dumplings, put self-raising flour in a large bowl. Make a well in centre and add olive oil, egg, horseradish, milk and parsley. Season generously with salt and mix to form a paste. Use your hands to roll into 12 balls.

5.

Remove lid and arrange dumplings on top of stew. Cover with lid and cook for a further 30 minutes or until beef is tender and dumplings are cooked and fluffy. Serve.

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