Beef Casserole with Cheese and potato dumplings
If you are heading up to Bushmans Nek or Midlands Saddle and Trout this weekend be sure to pull out those winter woollies that have been pushed to the back of your wardrobe. Mother Nature is defiantly not holding back this weekend. Winter is here but we have your back.
Try out this yummy recipe of “Beef casserole with cheese and potato dumplings” to keep you warm on those cold nights.
80ml (1/3 cup) olive oil
1kg gravy or casserole beef, cut into 2cm cubes
10 pearl onions, peeled, halved
4 bacon rashers, rind and excess fat trimmed, coarsely chopped
2 garlic cloves, crushed
300g small button mushrooms
1 x 425g can diced tomatoes
375ml (1 1/2 cups) beef stock
55g (1/4 cup) tomato paste
80ml (1/3 cup) red wine vinegar
Salt & freshly ground black pepper
2 large (about 400g) desiree potatoes, peeled
185ml (3/4 cup) milk
225g (1 1/2 cups) self-raising flour
65g (3/4 cup) coarsely grated cheddar
40g (1/2 cup) finely grated parmesan
2 tbs chopped fresh continental parsley
Pinch of salt
Preheat oven to 180°C. Heat half the oil in a 2L (8-cup) capacity heatproof, ovenproof ceramic casserole dish over medium-high heat. Add half the beef and cook, stirring, for 2 minutes or until brown. Transfer to a bowl. Repeat with the remaining beef.
Heat remaining oil over medium heat. Add onion, bacon and garlic, and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until bacon is crisp. Add beef, mushrooms, tomato, stock, tomato paste and vinegar. Season with salt and pepper and bring to the boil. Cover and bake in oven for 1 1/2 hours.
Meanwhile, to make potato dumplings, place potatoes in a saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to the boil over medium-high heat and cook, uncovered, for 10 minutes or until tender. Drain well and return to pan. Add milk and butter and use a potato masher to mash until smooth. Stir in flour, cheddar, parmesan and parsley. Taste and season with salt.
Remove casserole from oven. Use a 60ml (1/4-cup) capacity measuring cup to shape potato mixture into 6 dumplings. Arrange over casserole. Cook, uncovered, for a further 20 minutes. Remove from oven and set aside for 5 minutes to cool slightly before serving.