How to make it

  • Preheat the oven to Gas mark 3, 170°C, 325°F.
  • Heat the oil in a large pan and cook the meat for 4-5 minutes, in batches until brown.
  • Add the bacon or pancetta and fry for 3-4 minutes, stirring frequently until the bacon is golden and crispy.
  • Transfer to a large casserole dish and add the garlic, shallots or baby onions, carrots and turnips. Stir in the plain flour and cook for 1-2 minutes.
  • Pour over the stout or brown ale, bring to the boil and reduce the heat. Season and add the fresh herbs.
  • Cover and cook for 1½-2 hours or until the meat is meltingly tender.
  • Prepare dumplings:
  • In a large bowl rub the butter into the self-raising flour until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.
  • Season.
  • Add the caraway seeds and water.
  • Mix together to form a smooth dough. Shape into 10-12 small balls.
  • 20 minutes before the end of cooking add the dumplings to the casserole, return to the oven and cook uncovered for the remaining cooking time.
  • Serve the casserole with creamy mashed potatoes and Savoy cabbage or purple sprouting broccoli.

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    " It was excellent "
    chefmeow ate it and said...
    OMG, this sounds fantastic. This one is bookmarked to make soon. Great post and a high 5.
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    " It was excellent "
    juels ate it and said...
    Mmmmm....sounds like a great comfort food to me! Love the sounds of those dumplings and beer adds a nice richness in flavor to the meat!
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