Damien Ng shows us how to make a great value winter favourite
I have always been of the opinion that when it comes to planning a great meal, sometimes its best to look to the past rather than trying to re-invent the wheel. Every chef boasts about their “own interpretations” or “contemporary twists” on dishes. But for me personally, you’d be hard pressed to beat a true classic that’s been around for generations. Something your Gran might have made. Something that evokes warm, childhood memories of happy times at the family dinner table.
With this is mind, here’s a dish we’ve reincarnated recently at Lancaster House, and what’s more, it’s incredibly easy and also relatively cheap to make.
Beef Daube in a Guinness & Red Wine Stew and “Real” Dumplings (For 2)
For the Stew
For the Dumplings
2 Beef Daubes diced into 1½ cm cubes
1 Large Diced Onion
1 Small Swede & 2 carrots cut into 1cm cubes
2 celery sticks (roughly chopped)
3 Tbsp of Worcestershire Sauce
2 glasses of red wine
2 cans of Guinness or stout
25g Fresh Thyme (finely chopped)
½ bulb of garlic (crushed)
Beef-based Thickening agent
4½ oz of Self Raising Flour
1½ oz of Beef Suet
¼ tspn of Salt
1 tbsp of Chopped Parsley
½ tbsp of Fresh Thyme
2 Cloves of Garlic
3½ fl/oz of water
Place all the ingredients (except the thickening agent) for the stew in a deep sauté or good non-stick saucepan
Add the red wine and the Guinness and make sure there is enough to cover all the ingredients, bearing in mind some of the liquid will evaporate during cooking. If you need to add more wine, then feel free to do so. (You can never have too much of a good thing I say!)
Bring the pan to boil. Once it’s reached boiling, turn the heat down and let it simmer for at least 1 hour, or until the meat is tender.
For the dumplings, place all your carefully weighed out ingredients (except the water) into a bowl and make a “well” in the middle of it. Now add the water and mix with your hands to make into a nice soft, spongy dough.
Clean and dry your hands thoroughly. Now add a little flour to cover the inside of your hands and roll out 6 balls of the dough mixture into round dumplings
As soon as the meat is tender, start adding some of your thickening agent (Bisto is good). But don’t thicken it too much as you don’t want it to burn after you’ve added your dumplings
Now, the most important part. Season with Salt & Pepper (to your own liking) and add the dumplings to the pan and keep on a low heat for another 15-20 minutes. The dumplings should rise a little.
Serve into a bowl accompanied with your favourite vegetables. I’d go for some nice creamy mash and green beans. Hope you’ve also saved a little red wine to accompany your meal