Red wine and peppercorn beef stew with parsley dumplings

Tender beef cooked with red wine is made all the more rich and delicious with soft, fluffy dumplings that soak up the decadent sauce.
3H 45M
4H 5M

Want to skip the dumplings? Serve up the beef at the end of Step 3 with creamy mashed potato instead.

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Preheat oven to 150°C. Heat 1 Tbsp of the oil in a large, heavy-based ovenproof saucepan over a medium heat. Add onion and carrot, then cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 minutes or until lightly browned. Transfer vegetables to a plate.


Meanwhile, put beef in a large bowl and season with salt and pepper. Add flour and toss well to coat.


Heat 1 Tbsp of the remaining oil in same pan. Add ½ of the beef and brown, turning occasionally, for about 5 minutes or until browned all over. Transfer to a plate and repeat with remaining oil and beef. Return browned beef and browned vegetables to pan. Stir in garlic, tomato paste and pickled peppercorns. Add wine, mushrooms and bay leaf, then bring to the boil. Cover with lid, transfer to oven and cook for 3 hours.


Meanwhile, to make parsley dumplings, combine flour, parsley, salt and pepper in a medium bowl. Add butter and rub in until mixture resembles wet sand. Make a well in centre and add egg and milk, stirring until just combined and a soft sticky dough forms. Increase oven to 200°C. Spoon tablespoons of dough, about 2cm apart, on top of beef mixture and bake for 25 minutes or until golden and cooked through.

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