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Beef and bacon casserole with cheese dumplings

Total Time
2 hr 40 min
30 min
2 hr 10 min
Parmesan cheese dumplings in a beef and bacon casserole flavoured with fresh thyme and tomatoes


Shortcut bacon

125 g, finely chopped

Brown onion

1 large, finely chopped


2 clove(s), crushed

Beef, blade steak, raw

500 g, (600g) fat trimmed, cut into 3cm cubes

Plain flour

2 tbs

Red wine

80 ml

Beef stock

1½ cup(s)

Canned diced tomatoes

400 g, coarsley chopped


2 medium, coarsley chopped


1 stick(s), coarsley chopped

Fresh thyme

1 tbs


200 g, halved

White self-raising flour

1 cup(s), (150g)

Reduced fat oil spread

1 tbs

Grated parmesan cheese

¼ cup(s)

Skim milk

cup(s), (80ml)

Oil spray

2 x 3 second spray(s)


  1. Preheat oven to 160°C or 140°C fan-forced. Lightly spray a large 1.5L (6-cup) flameproof casserole dish with oil and heat over medium-high heat. Add bacon and onion and cook, stirring, for 5 minutes or until onion has softened. Add garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Transfer to a bowl.
  2. Lightly spray same dish with oil and heat over high heat. Cook beef, in batches, turning, for 5 minutes or until browned. Return beef and bacon mixture to pan. Add plain flour and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Gradually stir in wine and bring to the boil. Add stock, tomatoes, carrot, celery and thyme. Cover and bring to the boil. Transfer dish to oven and bake for 1 hour. Add mushrooms and bake for 30 minutes.
  3. Meanwhile, place self-raising f lour and spread in a large bowl. Using fingertips, rub spread into f lour until mixture resembles breadcrumbs. Stir in parmesan. Make a well in centre of flour mixture and stir in enough milk to make a soft, sticky dough.
  4. Remove dish from oven. Increase oven to 200°C or 180°C fan-forced. Using f loured hands, roll dough into 8 dumplings about the size of a walnut. Arrange dumplings, about 3cm apart, on top of beef mixture and lightly spray with oil. Bake, uncovered, for 15 minutes or until dumplings are lightly browned and cooked through. Serve.


SERVING SUGGESTION: broccoli and sugar snap peas.