Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours, 30 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours, 50 minutes
- 2 pounds, 3 ounces shin of beef (or use flank or neck), chopped into chunks
- 3 Tablespoons flour
- Olive oil
- 3 red onions, peeled, halved and roughly sliced
- 1-3/4 ounces pancetta or bacon, chopped
- 3 sticks of celery, chopped
- 1 small handful of rosemary, leaves picked from stem
- 5 cups Newcastle Brown ale or other dark ale
- 2 parsnips, peeled and roughly chopped
- 2 carrots, peeled and roughly chopped
- 4 potatoes, peeled and roughly chopped
- Sea salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1-3/4 cups self-rising flour
- 1/2 cup butter
- A good pinch of salt and pepper
- 2 sprigs of rosemary, chopped
Heat up a frying pan until it is good and hot, add a little olive oil and fry the beef in 2 batches until nice and brown. Transfer the meat to a big casserole -- one that is suitable to go on a stovetop burner -- mixing in the flour that was left on the plate after coating it.
Put the casserole on a medium heat, add the red onions and pancetta or bacon, and cook until the onions are translucent and the pancetta has a bit of color. Add your celery and rosemary. Now you can pour in your ale and 1-1/4 cups of water, adding your parsnips, carrots, and potatoes. (Feel free to add whatever veg you like at this stage.) Bring to the boil, put a lid on, turn down the heat and leave it to simmer while you make the dumplings -- which are choice.
Blitz the dumpling ingredients in a blender or rub between your fingers till you have a breadcrumb consistency, then add just enough water to make a dough that is not sticky. Divide it into ping-pong-ball-sized dumplings and put these into the stew, dunking them under. Put the lid back on and leave it to cook for 2 hours.
Taste it, season it as you like, and then serve the stew with some greens and loads of bread to mop up the juices.
Yield: 6 to 8 servings
Recipe Source: Happy Days with the Naked Chef by Jamie Oliver (Hyperion)
Reprinted with permission.