Try it Tuesday – stew and dumplings with a twist

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With the nights drawing in and a definite chill in the air my slow cooker is coming into its own. This week I made an old favourite with a twist, beef stew and dumplings with horseradish!

In my stew I used

350g diced beef

1 leek – roughly chopped

2 onions (1 red 1 white) – diced

a sweet potato – peeled and diced

2 carrots – washed and sliced

swede – peeled and dice

Small potatoes (like jersey royals) washed and placed in whole

3 beef oxo cubes

1 table spoon of horseradish

a squeeze of tomato purée

For the dumplings

Half a cup of suet

1 cup of self raising flour

Warm water

I started by turning my slow cooker on and setting it to high, I then prepped my veg and meat and put it into the slow cooker, crumbled over the oxo’s, added the horseradish and tomato purée, covered with water and gave it a quick stir. I put the lid on and left it on high for 30mins and then turned it down to the low setting and then pretty much forgot about it – well as much as I could with the smell of stew filling the house!

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I left the stew to cook on low all day, about 30mins or so before we wanted to eat I made my dumplings. I mixed the flour and suet in a bowl with some warm water until it was a sticky doughy consistency I then split it in to 5 and placed then in to the stew and left them to cook for around 25-30mins, once did they were cooked dinner was ready.

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We all really enjoyed the stew as we always do but the horseradish didn’t really add anything, in fact we couldn’t even taste it, it just made the stew look a little curdled, but I think next time I might try adding more maybe 2 table spoons is the answer.

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