This beef and porcini stew (opens in new tab) with tarragon dumplings is the perfect winter warmer - delightfully tender beef, earthy mushrooms and fluffy tarragon dumplings really make this meal such a treat. This casserole recipe (opens in new tab) is ideal dished up when you're cooking for a crowd and perfect served with steamed greens of your choice.
The best thing about this dish is that it keeps very well. Whether you've made too much and want to enjoy it a night or two later, or you need to make it ahead, you can keep it in the fridge for up to two days.
HOW TO MAKE BEEF AND PORCINI IN STOUT WITH TARRAGON DUMPLING
Heat the oven to 150C fan, gas 3. Brown the beef in batches, in 1tbsp oil; set aside. Add remaining oil; cook mushrooms until golden; set aside. Cook the onions and celery for 5 minutes. Stir in the garlic and flour; return beef to the pan.
Drain porcini through a sieve; reserve liquid. Add these and the liquid to the pan with the stout, stock and bay; season. Bring to the boil, turn down to a simmer, cover and cook for 3 hours in the oven. Add the mushrooms, re-cover; cook for a further hour.
For the dumplings, mix the suet, flour, baking powder, tarragon and enough cold water to create a thick dough; shape into 8 balls. 4 Increase oven to 180C fan, gas 6. Add the dumplings, remove the lid and return to the oven for 15 minutes.
- 1.25kg chuck steak, cut into large pieces
- 2tbsp oil
- 500g mixed mushrooms, kept whole if small or halved
- 2 small onions, sliced
- 2 sticks celery, sliced
- 3 garlic cloves, crushed
- 4tbsp seasoned flour
- 25g dried porcini mushrooms, soaked in 500ml hot water
- 500ml stout
- 250ml strong beef stock
- 2 bay leaves
- 75g suet and 150g plain flour
- 1tsp baking powder
- 25g tarragon, leaves chopped
Chocolate and hazelnut roulade
This chocolate and hazelnut roulade comes with an optional Baileys Irish cream liqueur filling for an extra, festive twist
By Jen Bedloe • Published
This no-bake Baileys cheesecake is so easy to make and perfect for cream liqueur lovers, plus it takes just 40 minutes to prepare
By Jess Meyer • Published
Chocolate torte with Baileys cream and salted praline
Serve this rich Chocolate torte with Baileys cream and salted praline for a festive dessert that makes a popular alternative to Christmas pudding
By Jen Bedloe • Published
Princess Margaret’s go-to dinner party game and hatred for squirrels couldn’t be more *her*
Princess Margaret’s go-to dinner party game is very unique and her fellow guests would never have known it was happening…
By Emma Shacklock • Published
Courteney Cox finally has her say on Prince Harry's wild magic mushroom party claims in Spare
Courteney Cox has spoken out about Prince Harry's shocking claims that he tripped on magic mushrooms during a party at her house
By Emma Dooney • Published
Queen goes off-script to reveal ‘dinner party’ plans in unusually candid moment in Scotland
The Queen stopped to make casual conversation with the public during her visit to Scotland for Royal Week, a resurfaced video has shown
By Emma Dooney • Last updated