Beef Casserole with Parmesan Dumplings

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 kilogram blade steak, cut into 3-4cm chunks
  • Salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, peeled and finely chopped
  • 5 slices prosciutto, chopped
  • 400 grams button mushrooms, halved
  • 2 tablespoons plain flour
  • 600 millilitres beef stock
  • 250 millilitres red wine
  • 3 fresh thyme sprigs
  • 3 bay leaves

DUMPLINGS

  • 100 grams butter
  • 2 cups self-raising flour
  • ½ cup parmesan
  • 200 millilitres milk

AT THE BRAAI

Step 1
Set up your braai for direct cooking. Place a casserole dish (without lid) at the centre of the braai and add 2 tablespoons oil. Preheat on high for 10 minutes.

Step 2
Lightly oil the steak and season with salt and pepper.

Step 3
Once your braai is preheated, leave the heat setting on high. Add the onion, garlic, prosciutto, and mushrooms to the casserole dish and cook for 5 to 6 minutes, stirring occasionally. At the same time, add the beef to the braai around the casserole dish. Cook for 3 to 4 minutes per side, 6 to 8 minutes in total. When the onion mixture is cooked, add the flour and stir through, then add the beef from the grill.

Step 4
Remove the casserole dish from your braai wearing heatproof/oven gloves.

Step 5
Turn your braai to the roast setting (add a convection tray and trivet if using a Q) using tongs and/or heatproof gloves. Add the stock and wine to the casserole, stir through, then add the thyme and bay leaves. Place the lid on the casserole dish and place on the braai. Cook for 2 hours.

Step 6
In a bowl rub the butter into the self-raising flour. Stir in the Parmesan and milk. Combine well. Roll into 25 to 30 small balls and place on top of the casserole. Leave the lid off the casserole dish and cook until the dumplings are golden and cooked through, 20 to 25 minutes.

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