Homemade Minced Beef and Dumplings
Homemade Minced Beef and Dumplings are the best British comfort food. A hearty meal served hot and bubbly to warm you from the inside out and it’s all made in one pan. Mince and Dumplings (also known as mince cobbler and puddings in the corner) is a traditional North East of England, real stick-to-your-ribs meal and one of my favorite childhood dishes.
This is warm you from the inside comfort food. Serve on its own or with peas and mash.
The mince (as we call it in the UK) or minced beef part of this dish is similar to my traditional shepherd’s pie but beef is used instead of lamb and no Guinness.
The dish is started on the stovetop to brown the meat then transferred to the oven to cook the carrots and brown the dumplings that are crispy on the outside and soft inside.
I like to add carrots to my minced beef and dumplings, this way you don’t have to make a vegetable side dish.
This is a traditional Northeast of England, real stick-to-your-ribs meal and one of my favorite childhood dishes.
How to make Minced Beef and Dumplings?
Ground beef is sautéed with onions, carrots, Worcestershire sauce, beef stock thickened with flour.
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How to Make Dumplings?
The dumplings are made a little different as they are made in England because they are traditionally made with beef suet (beef fat) which is not available in the U.S. I also offer options without suet. Vegetable shortening can be used for the dumplings or a healthier choice, refined (unflavored) coconut oil.
Flour, baking powder, salt and parsley are mixed with beef suet, vegetable shortening or coconut oil. Water is added until the dough forms. The dough is rolled into balls and placed on top of the beef. The entire pan is baked until the dumplings are crispy and brown.
You can see the complete demonstration in the video.
18 Comments on “Homemade Minced Beef and Dumplings”
Hi, I made this for dinner last night and it was a big hit!
I substituted herbed cheddar biscuits for the dumplings which worked perfectly.
Next time though I will make dumplings 🙂
I’m glad you like the dish. That is a delicious substitution and I think you’ll enjoy the dumplings too.
Wow. Just wow. Great recipe. Thanks for sharing l. Easy and fun to make w my 8 and 9 year olds.
This is wonderful, thank you for sharing.
Definitely never traditionally made with wine, this was a basic working family meal, good flavour came from a good stock and Worcestershire sauce
Yes, I don’t even think my nana could afford wine back in her day 🙂
Made this last week and loved it. Showed my daughter and she made it tonight. It went down a storm . Love it!
I love to hear this, thank you for sharing.
We never used red wine in this dish I am an 81 year old from northern England
The red wine is optional, it is just as delicious without it.
I made this mince and dumplings dish today, the mince came out a bit dry, next time I’ll use a smaller cast iron dish …it will make the mince deeper and less dry and the dumplings will cover the dish
Thank you so much for the feedback on the recipe. You can add a little more beef stock between the dumplings when it comes out of the oven if you run into this again in the future.
Thanks so much, my hubby really enjoyed the meal he had 2 massive servings so thank you very much
Wow, a great compliment. Thank you.
It was so yummy. Rich, savoury beef with a fluffy cross between a biscuit and a dumpling. Freaking delicious!
I’m so happy you enjoyed it
My British husband showed me this recipe to make for him. It turned out great. the beef has a lot of flavor and it got a yum from my hubby.
I’m so happy it got his British seal of approval. Thanks for stopping by.