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Winter Vegetable Stew with Herb Dumplings


1hr 30mins

Moderate

Serves 4

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What You Need

  1. 2 Parsnips
  2. 4 Carrots
  3. 1 Swede
  4. 1 Sweet Potato
  5. 2 medium potatoes
  6. 1 large white onion
  7. 1-2ltrs vegetable stock
  8. 1 tsp mixed herbs
  9. Salt & Pepper
  10. A little oil
  11. 2 tblspn Gravy thickning

For the Dumplings

  1. 250g plain Flour
  2. 100g Shredded suet (You can get vegetarian suet)
  3. 2 tblspn mixed herbs
  4. Pinch of salt
  5. Some cold water

What You Need (Optional)

  1. 2 leeks
  2. Tin of butter beans
  3. Tin of Chick Peas

How To Do It

  1. Peel & cut all the vegetables.  Cut to quite a small size (about folded finger size) 
  2. Heat a little oil in a large saucepan or cooking pot
  3. Add the onion and fry gently for about 1min, then add all the other vegetables a bit at a time coating in the oil as you do so.
  4. Add the herbs, Salt & Pepper and stir in well
  5. Add the vegetable stock so it covers all the vegetables and stir in.  You may have some left over.  Pop a lid on the pot.
  6. Bring to the boil then turn down to a simmer for about 45mins or until all the vegetables are almost cooked.  Add more Stock or water if required during cooking.
  7. When almost cooked, stir in some gravy thicking.  This can be gravy granules or some Cornflour (mix the cornflour with a little water and mix to a paste first, then add to the stew).
  8. Add the dumplings and recover and cook until the dumplings have risen.

To make the Dumplings

  1. In a bowl mix the flour, suet, herbs and salt together
  2. Add some cold water 1 tblspn at a time mixing well. if you can use your hands as it binds better.  You need a soft (not wet) pliable dough. If you add too much water and it becomes sticky, add a little more flour.
  3. Divide into 4-6 balls

1hr 30mins

Moderate

Serves 4

Vegetarian

Recipe Of The Week

Tips & Suggestions

If you don't want the herbs in the dumplings, thats fine, just leave them out.

If you like a thick stew, just add some extra gravy thickening

Got some stew liquid left on your plate?  Place a slice of bread on the plate and let the liquid soak in, turn the bread over and soak that side, enjoy.