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Beef Stew with Herb Dumplings


  • 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
  • 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


  • 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.


Average Rating:
  • Robert
    Jan 22, 2019
    Next time I will use less liquid. I did substitute beef broth for water. I did not cook the dumplings long enough and they were to doughy rather then light and fluffy. I will probably leave the sage out of the dumplings next time. This was my first attempt at making stew. I think with a few modifications I can make this work better.
  • Kasha
    Oct 25, 2014

    Tasty dumplings!

  • Xena7751
    Dec 31, 1969

    Wow, this is so good. Comfort food to the max. I didn't use the browning sauce but I kept everything else the same. It makes a ton of food and it threw me back to my childhood when my mom used to make dumplings. Yum!

  • Joscy
    Dec 31, 1969

    Have discovered I have a *knack* for making beef stew with dumplings, after 38 years of marriage. Go figure!

    Let's try this again ~ have discovered I have a *knack* for making beef stew with dumplings, after 38 years of marriage. How 'bout that, huh?

  • gaylene1126
    Apr 2, 2013

    This tastes just like the stew my mil used to make, although she didn't have a recipe to go by. Our family enjoys this comfort food stew.

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