This beef cobbler is topped with homemade dumplings and will warm your soul on a cold evening.
Hearty comfort food doesn’t come much better than this. Whether made with frozen mince, or frozen Quorn mince for a vegetarian alternative, it is the Worcestershire sauce in this recipe that provides the flavour boost. Worcestershire sauce dates back to the early 19th century and is a fermented condiment with an intense tangy taste, which makes it a natural pairing with red meat.
- 1tsp sunflower oil
- 1tbsp chopped onion
- 125g frozen minced beef
- 200ml beef stock or water
- 1tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 3tbsp frozen mixed vegetables
- 1tbsp gravy granules
- For the dumplings:
- 100g self-raising flour
- 30g butter
- 2tbsp milk
Heat the oven to 190°C. Heat the oil in a frying pan and fry the onion for 2 mins.
Add the mince and season well, then cook it for 5 mins until nicely browned.
Pour in the stock or water, then add the Worcestershire sauce and simmer, covered, for 15 mins.
Add the frozen mixed veg and gravy granules. Cook for 1 min, then pour into an ovenproof dish.
Tip the flour into a bowl and add a generous pinch of salt. Rub in the butter, then mix in the milk, to form a sticky dough.
Roll into 2-3 dumplings and pop on top of the mince. Bake for 20 mins, until the dumplings are cooked through and pale golden.
Top tip for making beef cobbler
Try mixing some gruyere cheese in with the dumpling mix for a cheesy twist.