‘Heavenly’ slow cooker recipe for easy beef casserole and cheesy dumplings

As the weather grows colder we’re all looking to tuck into our favourite comfort foods.

Stews, pies and casseroles top the charts for the most delicious British winter favourites.

But, that doesn’t mean they have to be boring or same-y!

Passionate home cook Lisa Rankin shared her latest recipe for a delicious beef casserole with fluffy, cheesy dumplings to a popular Facebook page.

Describing the decadent dish, Lisa wrote: “Here's my first post, a comforting beef casserole and fluffy dumplings.

“I used trimmed rib of beef, slow cooked with red wine, thyme and smoked bacon.”

What's your favourite mid-winter dish? Let us know in the comments…

The photos which accompany’s Lisa’s recipe are a testament to how tasty this meal will be.

Lisa regularly posts her recipes on Instagram, @feeder.rankin, so you can take more inspiration from there!

To make her beef casserole with dumplings follow Lisa’s recipe here:

Lisa's Beef Rib Casserole with Cheesy Dumplings:

Ingredients:

For the casserole

  • 2 x 440g Beef Rib Trim
  • 3 tbsp oil
  • 1 large onion, diced
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 sticks of celery, diced
  • 4 cloves garlic, slices
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 4 springs thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 litre of beef stock (or 500ml beef stock and 500ml red wine)
  • Bacon lardons
  • Chestnut mushrooms
  • 2 leeks, chopped
  • 2 parsnips, chopped
  • Marmite

For the dumplings:

  • 1 box Atora beef suet (mix with flour, water and salt as per box instructions)
  • Parsley, chopped
  • Blacksticks blue cheese
  • Walnuts

Method:

  1. Heat oil in a pan and brown off the meat on all sides, remove and chop into cubes.
  2. Saute all the vegetables, bacon and garlic until soft.
  3. Add the meat back into the pan and stir in the flour, cook for three minutes
  4. Pour in a little stock to deglaze the pan.
  5. Add the rest of the stock, wine, herbs, marmite and salt and pepper.
  6. Put the whole mix into the slow cooker and cook for six hours on high.
  7. Meanwhile, make up the dumplings as per the Atora box instructions.
  8. Mix in the parsley and form into balls.
  9. Press a dent into the middle and stuff in a small piece of blue cheese and some chopped walnuts.
  10. When there are 30 minutes left on the beef casserole add the dumplings into the top.

Lisa commented: “I add some Bisto Best gravy granules to thicken and always add a dollop of marmite to any gravy I make.

“I also pan fried some asparagus tips in seasoned olive oil for just a couple of minutes to top off.

“I also like to coat the beef in seasoned flour before I sear them – they’re so succulent and fork tender.

"I’m an avid fan of my crockpot and this is my absolute favourite.”

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We have to admit we’re impressed – a tender, beef stew with tonnes of veggies and cheesy, herby, fluffy dumplings?

Yes, please!

And, slow cooker Facebook fans clearly agreed as the post racked up 500 likes and hundreds of comments.

One person said: “WOW, I could reach out and eat that now!”

“Superb looking food,” added another. "Heavenly."

A third wrote: “Oh, my, this looks absolutely yummy.”

While a fourth commented: “This looks fabulous.

“Blue cheese dumplings sound amazing – thanks for sharing.”

That’s one for next week’s meal plan!

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