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Slow cooker beef with cheesy dumplings

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  • Egg free
  • Sesame free
  • Soy free
  • Nut free
  • Peanut free

Try this slow cooker beef with dumplings for a hearty, winter warmer. Topped with melted cheese and packed with flavour, this recipe is a guaranteed hit.

  • Serves8
  • Cook time4 hour 45 minutes
  • Prep time20 minutes


  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • 800g Coles Australian No Added Hormones Gravy Beef, cut into 3cm pieces
  • 1 brown onion
  • 2 celery sticks, thickly sliced diagonally
  • 1 large carrot, peeled, thickly sliced
  • 200g brown mushrooms
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed
  • 4 bacon rashers, coarsely chopped
  • 1/4 cup (35g) plain flour
  • 1 cup (250ml) dry red wine
  • 400g can diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup (250ml) beef stock
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • 2 thyme sprigs
  • 2 rosemary sprigs

Cheesy dumplings

  • 1 1/4 cups (185g) self-raising flour
  • 1/2 cup (85g) cornmeal (polenta)
  • 2 tbs finely chopped chives
  • 2 tsp finely chopped rosemary
  • 1 tsp finely chopped thyme
  • 1 1/2 cups (180g) coarsely grated cheddar
  • 100g butter, melted
  • 1 cup (250g) buttermilk

Nutritional information

Per serve: Energy: 20389kj/4873cal (234%), Protein: 289g (578%), Fat: 243.7g (348%), Sat fat: 138.2g (576%), Carbs: 323.3g (104%), Sugars: 26.9g (30%), Dietary Fiber: 17g (57%), Sodium: 6.6g (287%).

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  1. Step 1

    Heat half the oil in a large frying pan over high heat. Cook the beef, in 4 batches, turning occasionally, for 5 mins or until brown all over. Transfer to a slow cooker.
  2. Step 2

    Heat remaining oil in the pan over medium heat. Cook the onion, celery, carrot, mushroom, garlic and bacon, stirring occasionally, for 5 mins or until vegetables begin to brown. Sprinkle over the flour. Cook, stirring, for 2 mins or until well combined. Add to the beef in the slow cooker. Pour over the wine, tomato and stock. Add the bay leaves, thyme and rosemary. Cook for 4 hours on high (or 6 hours on low) or until meat is very tender.
  3. Step 3

    Preheat oven to 200°C. To make the cheesy dumplings, combine the flour, cornmeal, chives, rosemary, thyme and ½ cup (60g) of the cheddar in a bowl. Season. Make a well in the centre. Add the butter and buttermilk and stir until just combined.
  4. Step 4

    Transfer beef mixture to a casserole pan. Spoon over the dumpling mixture. Bake, covered, for 10 mins or until dumplings are just cooked through. Sprinkle with the remaining cheddar. Bake, uncovered, for 5-7 mins or until cheddar melts and is golden brown.