- 675g/1½lb cubed stewing or braising beef
- 25g/1oz plain flour, seasoned with salt and freshly milled black pepper
- 30ml/2tbsp oil
- 1 x 500g prepared vegetable stew pack
- 450ml/¾pint hot beef stock (cubes or granules)
- 300ml/½pint good red wine
- 10ml/2tsp dried mixed herbs
- 1 x 180g pack (approx) prepared dumpling mix
- Place the flour in a large plastic food bag. Add the beef in batches and coat in the seasoned flour.
- Preheat the oven to gas mark 3, 170°C, 325°F. Heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan and cook the beef in batches for 4-5 minutes until brown on all sides. Transfer to a 1.7L/3pint ovenproof casserole dish.
- Add the vegetables, stir in the stock, wine and the herbs, cover and cook in the oven for 1½-2 hours, or until the meat is tender.
- Meanwhile, prepare the dumplings according to the packet instructions Shape into 8 evenly-sized balls.
- 20-25 minutes before the end of the cooking time, place the dumplings on top of the casserole and return to the oven uncovered.