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Irish Stout Stew with Dumplings

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Irish Stout Stew with Dumplings


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Irish Stout Stew with Dumplings

Cook Time90 min Total Time90 min Servings6


  • 3 tablespoons Fustini's Tuscan Herb olive oil, divided
  • 2 pounds beef chuck roast, cut into pieces
  • Kosher salt and fresh cracked pepper
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 sweet onion, diced
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 8 baby Yukon gold potatoes, halved
  • 2 carrots, peeled, sliced
  • 3 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 8-ounce stout beer
  • 4 cups beef stock
  • fresh rosemary, stem
  • fresh parsley, garnish
Herbed Dumplings
  • 1 1/2 cups four
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried rosemary or thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup buttermilk


Adapted from howsweeteats.com


Step 1. 

Heat a large stockpot over medium heat and add 2 tablespoons of olive oil. Season the beef with salt and pepper, then coat them in flour.  Add the beef to the pot and sear until each side is golden brown, about 1 to 2 minutes per side. You may need to do this in batches. Remove the beef pieces with tongs and place them on a plate until ready to use.

Step 2. 

To the same pot, add the remaining olive oil, onions and garlic. Stir and toss, scraping the bottom so you remove some of the brown bits of flavor from the beef. Cook for 5 minutes, until softened.  Stir in the potatoes and carrots with a pinch of salt and pepper. Cook for another 5 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste and make sure all the pieces are coated. Cook for another 5 to 10 minutes to develop the flavor, stirring often so the tomato paste doesn’t burn on the bottom. Add the beef back to the pot.

Step 3. 

Pour in the stout to deglaze the pan. Stir in the beef stock. Add a sprig of thyme or rosemary to the pot. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce it to a simmer. Cover and cook for 30 to 60 minutes, until the beef is tender and falling apart.

Step 4. 

Once the beef is tender, uncover the soup and add spoonfuls of the dumpling dough directly to the broth. The dumplings usually cover the entire top of the stew mixture. You want the mixture to be bubbling for 10 to 15 minutes so it cooks the dumplings. After 10 minutes, gently flip the dumplings over and cook for another 5 to 10 minutes. Serve the stew immediately with chopped parsley or rosemary.

Step 5.  Herb Dumplings

Whisk together the flour, baking powder, herbs and salt in a large bowl. Combine the milk and the eggs, then stir into the flour until just mixed. Set the mixture aside for 10 minutes.   

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