Beef Stew with Dumplings

This was the first time I was going to be making beef stew. I am not a huge fan of beef but have always stared at images of beef stew pictures longer than needed. I decided I needed to try to make this dish.

I always felt like beef stew was a version of a dish I grew up on in Tobago that we called Chicken Stroganoff. Now if you Google chicken stroganoff like I did, the images that appeared looks NOTHING like what we called it. We basically had a one pot of stewed chicken with dumplings and vegetables.

I seasoned up my beef with my own seasoning that I made and keep stored in the fridge. It makes things so much easier. I just take a spoon of it (or more depending on the amount of meat) and throw it in there. I also add salt if needed. I left that on the side to marinate for a while.

I then added sugar to my pot to "brown". I do not like using browning in the bottle. I always get it wrong and the worse thing is to put too much and spoil the taste of the dish. So I put my sugar in a heavy pot and police it for about 10 minutes to ensure that I get my "browned" sugar and not burnt beyond use sugar.

To brown sugar I add a tablespoon of oil to the bottom of my cast iron put at medium heat. I then sprinkle about a tablespoon of brown sugar on the bottom and leave it to "brown".

And it starts to bubble

And comes to a rolling boil, and before it starts to BURN

I then add my meat

And let the meat rest in the browning for a little bit then I stir it up and let it sit for a little. Then it's on to the cooking of the stew and adding the dumplings. You can also add potatoes to this dish.


Beef Stew with Dumplings

  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • 1 1/2 tbsp Sugar
  • 1 lb Beef (cubed and seasoned)
  • 1/2 cup Onion (sliced)
  • 1/2 tsp soy sauce Soy Sauce
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
  • Dumplings (Recipe listed below)
Cooking Directions
  1. In a heavy skillet heat pan, heat oil, add sugar and allow to burn until brown
  2. Add beef and ensure it is coated in sugar. Cook for about 10 mins (stirring continuously)
  3. Add onions, garlic and continue cooking.
  4. Add soy sauce, bay leaves, salt.
  5. Bring to boil, then reduce heat and cover. Simmer till meat is tender.
  6. Make dumplings and add into stew
  7. Cover and simmer for another 15 minutes

  • 1 cup Flour
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 1/2 tsp Salt
Cooking Directions
  1. Combine flour, water and salt. Mixture should be soft enough to be dropped from spoon. (Add more water or more flour if needed)
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