Lamb Casserole With Dumplings
There is no comfort food more satisfying than a good old Irish lamb stew with dumplings. This recipe is really easy to make and the taste is absolutely divine.
This recipe is not quick to make as it is slow-cooked, but it is certainly worth the wait. The meat will fall off the bone and the sauce becomes naturally thicker and is delicious when mopped up with the dumplings.
Cooking the lamb on the bone definitely improves the taste of this meal. The lamb stew and dumplings combination is a real success and I will be making this more often.
A traditional Irish stew has always used lamb or mutton, contrary to popular belief that an Irish stew is made with beef and Guinness.
How one cuts the vegetables is really up to you, but I do find that slicing them makes for a pleasing finish that is easy to eat, and helps with the dumplings…..more on this later.
How do you make Dumplings?
Normally suet is used to make dumplings. However, I did not have any handy and have used butter instead in this recipe, which I must say has given a surprisingly successful result! These herb dumplings without suet were really delicious and so simple to make. It always does astound me what you can make with butter and flour!
How long does it take for dumplings to cook in a stew?
I find that the trick to getting good dumplings is to let them cook in the steam of the stew rather than in the stew itself.
Therefore I tried to give the stew some body, with the slicing of the vegetables and layering, which means you can balance the dumplings on top. It took these dumplings 30 minutes to cook in the oven. But make sure you have a good tight lid and no escaping steam!
I suppose I could also have considered using some Guinness to make a Guinness lamb stew, which I am sure would be wonderful, but really it would change this meal. I like it uncluttered and uncomplicated as it is, and certainly, for the taste it does not need anything else.
I hope you enjoy this lamb stew and dumplings recipe as much as I did. Let me know how you get on in the comments section below!
How to make lamb stew with dumplings