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Beef Stew with Herb Dumplings

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Cook: 2-1/4 hours

Makes

10-12 servings

Nothing could be more comforting on a chilly day than a bowlful of this nicely seasoned stew.—Anna Broschart, Elkins, West Virginia

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 2 pounds beef stew meat, cut into 1-inch cubes
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 4 cups water
  • 5 medium potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 2 medium onions, chopped
  • 1-1/2 cups sliced carrots (1/2-inch pieces)
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Browning sauce, optional
  • DUMPLINGS:
  • 1-1/2 cups all-purpose flour
  • 2 teaspoons baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon rubbed sage
  • 3 tablespoons shortening
  • 3/4 cup milk

Directions

  1. In a resealable plastic bag, combine four, salt and pepper. Add beef, a few pieces at a time, and shake to coat. In a Dutch oven, brown meat in oil. Add water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 1-1/2 hours.
  2. Add the vegetables, parsley, thyme and bay leaf. Cover and simmer until meat and vegetables are tender, about 30 minutes. Discard bay leaf. Add browning sauce if desired.
  3. For dumplings, combine the flour, baking powder, salt, thyme and sage. Cut in shortening until the mixture resembles coarse crumbs. Stir in milk until moistened.
  4. Drop by heaping tablespoonfuls onto simmering stew. Cover and simmer 15-20 minutes or until a toothpick inserted in a dumpling comes out clean (do not lift cover while simmering). Serve immediately.

Nutrition Facts

1 each: 312 calories, 11g fat (3g saturated fat), 49mg cholesterol, 663mg sodium, 33g carbohydrate (5g sugars, 3g fiber), 19g protein.

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