Beef shin stew with Parmesan dumplings

Beef shin stew with Parmesan dumplings

When I was little, I despised stew. I actually didn’t like my food touching each other at all and so a stew was pretty much a disaster for me. The only time I would eat it was when my mom would make light and fluffy dumplings, steamed on top of the stew. And then, I’d still pretty much only eat the dumplings. To this day, I just adore a good dumpling and thankfully I’ve grown to adore stew too.

Beef shin stew with Parmesan dumplingsBeef shin stew with Parmesan dumplings

This stew is made with beef shin and lots of red wine which results in a rich, deep stew. Perfect for Winter. To make things a little easier, I often make the stew the day before I need to serve it then simply heat it up and add the dumplings before serving. To accompany the stew you could make some smooth, buttery mash or steamed rice but I served it as is with garlicky green beans on the side.

Beef shin stew with Parmesan dumplings

Beef shin stew with Parmesan dumplings
 
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Recipe type: Stew, Dinner,
Serves: 4-6
Ingredients
for the stew
  • 1kg beef shin
  • 1 onions, finely chopped
  • 1 celery stick, finely chopped
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, thinly sliced
  • 1x400g tin chopped tomatoes
  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 250ml red wine
  • 2 tins (use the tomato tin) beef stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 5 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 250g portabellini mushrooms, halved
  • salt & pepper to taste
for the Parmesan dumplings
  • 125g butter
  • 250g flour
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ cup Parmesan, grated
  • 100ml milk
  • ½ teaspoon salt
Instructions
  1. To make the stew, season the beef shin with salt and pepper and sear in a heavy-based pot in a splash of oil until browned on both sides.
  2. Remove the shin from the pot and set aside.
  3. In the same pot, fry the onion, celery and carrots until soft and fragrant.
  4. Add garlic and fry for another 30 seconds.
  5. Pour in the chopped tomatoes, tomato paste, sugar, wine and soy sauce and allow to come up to a simmer.
  6. Add the beef back into the pot and pour in the beef stock, add the bay leaf and thyme.
  7. Turn the heat down and cover with a lid. Allow to simmer for 2 hours until the beef is soft.
  8. Add the mushrooms and allow to cook for 10 minutes uncovered then adjust the seasoning to taste.
  9. To make the dumplings, place the butter, flour, baking powder, salt and Parmesan in the bowl of a food processor. Pulse until the mixture resembles rough breadcrumbs.
  10. With the motor running, pour in the milk slowly until the mixture comes together in a ball.
  11. Remove and form dumplings, just slightly smaller than golf balls.
  12. Place the dumplings on top of the stew and cover with the lid. Allow to steam for 10 minutes. (Make sure the stew is simmering gently otherwise the dumplings will fall apart.)
  13. When the dumplings are cooked through, remove the lid and serve immediately.
 

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Alida Ryder
Alida Ryder
Being a general food freak has proven to be quite helpful in this career I've found myself in. Author of two cookbooks, photographer, food stylist. Mom to twins. Ex make-up and hair artist obsessed with beautiful clothes and spaces. I love a good G&T and I've been known to spend too much money on shoes.
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  • AmyCK
    Reply

    This looks delicious! Beef stew is a big hit in my house, and we’re always looking for new versions – I love the addition of the dumplings.

    My guess is that beef shin is a less expensive cut, since it’s sort of unusual (at least in my area) – would you say that’s the case? That of course, is one of the best features of stew, it works well with less expensive meat!

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      AMy, beef shin is definitely one of the cheaper cuts. And SO versatile!

      • Andrea Dawn
        Reply

        what can I use instead of beef shin?

  • Annette
    Reply

    Hallo Alida,

    Dit klink heerlik!

    Kan ek die parmesan kaas met cheddar kaas vervang?

    En die rooiwyn met gewone stock of sal dit die smaak beinvloed.
    Ek het ‘n 2 jarige seuntjie en is altyd bang om met wyn te kook.

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      Annette, jy kan altyd die wyn vervang maar ek moet se, ek kook graag met wyn omdat die alkohol weg kook en die heerlike smaak na laat en my twee eet altyd hul vingers af. En ja, jy kan die parmesan vervang maar cheddar gaan nie heeltemal dieselfde, ryk smaak gee nie.

    • Rene
      Reply

      Ek was altyd ook onder die indruk dat die alkohol wegkook, maar het intussen geleer dat dit net gedeeltelik weg kook, en ook net met goed soos stews wat baie lank kook (3 ure). Maar as mens kyk na die hoeveelheid wyn wat mens gebruik, teenoor die hoeveelheid van die res van die kos, en die porsies wat kinders eet dan kry hulle baie min alkohol in, en so ‘n klein hoeveelheid behoort nie skadelik te wees nie.

      • Alida Ryder
        Reply

        Dis interessant, ek het dit nie geweet nie. Maar ek stem, ek dink die hoeveelheid wat hulle (en selfs ons) in kry is bitter min.

  • Gloria
    Reply

    Alida,

    I’m thrilled to find your blog! This stew looks incredible — can’t wait to make it. I’m a total novice, but I love to cook and this recipe is right up my alley as far as taste and level of cooking. Thank you for sharing it!

  • Alida Ryder
    Reply

    Thanks for your lovely comment Gloria. I hope you love this stew and let me know what you thought of it once you have tried it!

  • Sandy
    Reply

    Hi Alida..
    Your recipe looks amazing and I can’t wait to make it. I was wondering however, how much is in 2 tins of beef stock. I don’t beleive the tomato tins are available here.

  • Alida Ryder
    Reply

    Sandy, the tomato tins I use are around 400g in weight and approximately 300-400ml in liquid measurement.

  • Liza Cardona
    Reply

    This looks amazing! I must try this at home. I always see this cut of meat at the farmers market and never know what to do with it. Now I do! Cheers! Liza http://www.thebluebirdpatch.com

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      You must! And please let me know what you think.

  • Nerina
    Reply

    I can’t believe that I only love the dumplings in stews as well as soups, my Mom used to make extra only so the others would actually be able to have some. I, like you have grown to appreciate stews and soups, with or without the dumplings, although always so much more delish with them. Thanks for this and for taking me back to my childhood with an old South African Ma while living in Canada.

  • Mary Palmer
    Reply

    Can you bake this in the oven instead of simmering it on top of the stove and at what temperature/

  • Alida Ryder
    Reply

    Mary, of course. I’d say around 160°c should be safe.

  • Amelie Hooper
    Reply

    Oh my goodness! I have always wanted a “walk-in-the-door-and-smell-sumptuous-dinner” stew recipe. I made this today, and I didn’t even have to leave the house and come back in to get that effect. My whole family (husband and 2 daughters) kept coming into the kitchen asking what the heavenly smell was. This stew is AMAZING! I love how you can spend good time on preparation but the set it and forget it quality make it good for a busy family. Mashed potatoes and buttered peas served along with the dumplings and stew veggies made this a PERFECT stew meal. THANK!

  • Alida Ryder
    Reply

    Thank you so much for the lovely comment Amelie. So glad you liked the stew so much.

  • Mari
    Reply

    I made this for a dinner party last night. Instead of simmering it on the stove I baked it in the oven for 3 hours, added the dumplings and then returned to the oven without a lid for 30 mins. I served it on chunky orange sweet potato mash.

    It was absolutely delicious, and the leftovers today were even better! Thanks for a great recipe collection!

  • Dani
    Reply

    I made this Tuesday morning for dinner that night but plans changed & we didn’t reheat it until tonight. I don’t know if this recipe got better after sitting or it’s just this amazing the same day but WOW! One of the best recipes I’ve ever made, will be looking on Pinterest for more deliciousness!

  • Alida Ryder
    Reply

    Dani, I’m so glad you liked this stew so much. I must say, it definitely is one of my favourites. Thanks for the lovely comment.

  • Cecilia McFadden Downs
    Reply

    What is the Best Wine to use for this? Can’t wait to try it.

  • scrapbookrookie822
    Reply

    Can you translate to pounds and ounces…I really want to make this

    • ChrisMRyder
      Reply

      If you enter the grams you’d like to convert into ounces/pounds, it will give you an accurate conversion.

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      If you enter your amounts into Google with Grams to Pounds conversion it will give you a very accurate conversion.

  • Alice
    Reply

    Hi Alida, is it possible to make the dumplings with a stand mixer (like KitchenAid) instead of food processor? Thanks!

  • Alida Ryder
    Reply

    Alice, I’m not sure if they’ll become a bit heavy and dense if you do. If you don’t have a food processor, I’d suggest rather rubbing the ingredients together with your fingertips. That will create a light dumpling, just like a food processor would.

  • alexa
    Reply

    Delicious. I’ve never seen dumplings on beef stew. I’ll be making this again.

  • Alida Ryder
    Reply

    So glad you liked it Alexa.

  • Shauna Kelley
    Reply

    I’ve now made this four or five times. I’m allergic to dairy, so I forego the dumplings, sadly, but even without them this is so rich and flavorful. One of my favorite soups for sure!

    • Alida Ryder
      Reply

      Shauna, I’m so glad you like it. Oh dear, if you’d like, why don’t you give the dumplings a try by making them with cold beef stock and no cheese?

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