Beef Stew with Dumplings


Beef Stew

  • 1″ thick beef chuck steak cut into 2″ chunks, or 2 lbs stew meat
  • 2 Tbsp flour
  • salt and pepper
  • 3 peeled and crushed garlic cloves
  • 3 sprigs of thyme
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 Tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 4 medium potatoes, peeled and cut in cubes
  • 3 carrots, peeled and cut into chunks

Coat the beef in flour and sprinkle with salt and pepper.  Brown over medium heat in a large Dutch oven.  Add the garlic cloves and thyme leaves, then pour in the water and Worcestershire sauce.  Bring up a simmer while scraping the browned bits off the bottom of the pan.  Cover and put in a 300°F oven for 1 hour.  Remove from the oven and add potatoes and carrots.  Stir and put back in the oven for another 2 hours, until the meat is tender and the vegetables are soft.


  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 Tbsp baking powder
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • 2 Tbsp melted butter
  • 1/2 cup milk

Combine all ingredients.  Drop by rounded tablespoon into the simmering stew, then cover and bake for another 15 minutes.


Filed under Food, Local Agriculture, Recipes

5 responses to “Beef Stew with Dumplings

  1. My husband is on the next plane to your place. Please keep a bowl of stew and dumplings warm until he arrives!

  2. Could you transfer it from the stove to the crock pot and finish it that way, minus the dumplings? I’m not much for soups or stews but my husband would love this! He had the (good) idea that we should have a crock pot meal at least once a week.

  3. Jena- You can cook it all in the crockpot. You don’t even have to brown the meat if you don’t want. Just place everything in the crockpot and cook on low all day. You can make the dumplings in there, too, just wrap the lid in foil so it has a tighter fit, drop in the dumplings, cover and let cook for 15 minutes, then serve.

  4. this looks so good, and i love to use my crockpot! :^)

  5. Thanks! Our freezer has a lot of stew meat in it that I don’t really know what to do with. I’ll try that this week. By the way, I tried the Buttermilk Baked Chicken from your cookbook and the hubby and I both really like it. It’ll be a regular around here now. Between your recipes and others I’ve found online Brian is really grateful. I can bake a mean cake or pie but my actual cooking skills can use a pick me up, that’s for sure.

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