beef and ale stew

Beef and ale stew with dumplings recipe

Beef and ale stew with dumplings in The Philippines

For the stew
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1kg/2lb 3oz diced shin of beef (cut off the bone into large pieces)
2 sticks celery
2 carrots
2 large onions
3 cloves garlic
1 heaped tsp tomato purée
1 tbsp plain flour
salt and freshly ground black pepper
½ litre/17fl oz real ale or bitter (Local beer is not as good but is still OK if it is all you can get).
200ml/7fl oz dark beef stock
2 bay leaves
1 sprig fresh thyme

For the suet dumplings
150g/5oz beef suet. Suet is not easy to find in the Philippines, there are a few places that import it, but you can make dumplings without suet.  (How to make dumplings without suet)
150g/5oz self-raising flour, sifted, plus extra for dusting (How to make self-raising flour)
salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 tsp prepared horseradish (optional)
water to bind


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