Lamb stew with Caerphilly dumplings

(from xombi’s recipe box)

Source: My Life on a Plate

Prep time: 0 minutes
Cook time: 0 minutes
Serves 4 people

Categories: British Classics


  • 2tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 550g/1lb 4oz neck end fillets of lamb, trimmed and cut into chunks
  • 2 large onions, roughly chopped
  • 2 carrots, roughly chopped
  • 2 sticks celery, roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 6 tomatoes, halved and seeds removed but reserved
  • 25g/1oz plain flour
  • 175ml/6floz red wine
  • 570ml/1pt chicken stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 sprig fresh thyme
  • sea salt & freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 splash Worcestershire sauce
  • 24 small round shallots, peeled
  • 175g/6oz green beans
  • Dumplings
  • 100g/4oz self-raising flour
  • 100g/4oz fresh white breadcrumbs
  • 100g/4oz shredded suet
  • 1 tbsp chopped chives
  • Pinch of cayenne pepper
  • 50g/2oz grated Caerphilly cheese
  • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 eggs, beaten


  1. Heat the rapeseed oil in a large casserole dish or saucepan. Add the lamb and brown on all sides, then add the chopped onions, carrots, celery, crushed garlic and the seeds from the tomatoes – keep the flesh for later.

  2. Add the flour and stir well, then add the red wine and stock and bring to the boil.

  3. Add the thyme and bay leaf and simmer for 1½ hours until the meat is tender but not falling apart.

  4. Take off the heat and using a slotted spoon take out the meat and put into a clean pan.

  5. Take out the bay leaf and thyme and discard.

  6. Using a processor, puree the rest of the sauce and pour into a clean pan on top of the meat.

  7. Roughly chop the reserved tomato flesh and add to the pan along with the and the Worcestershire sauce and bring back up to the boil.

  8. Meanwhile mix the flour, breadcrumbs, suet, chives, cayenne and grated cheese together in a bowl. Season with a little salt and black pepper then slowly add the beaten eggs to make a soft dough. Roll into small balls. You might need to add a little iced water if it’s not quite soft enough to come together, but you don’t want it soggy.

  9. When the stew is simmering, add the dumplings, cover with a lid and simmer for about 10-15 minutes.

  10. Meanwhile, bring a pan of salted water to the boil, add the shallots and cook for 10 minutes until nearly tender, then add the beans and cook for another 2-3 minutes then drain.

  11. Spoon the stew onto a plate, scatter the vegetables over the top then set the dumplings alongside.

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