Sunday, 1 January 2012

Roast Roots and mushroom stew with parsley dumplings

What's better than a stew or casserole on a cold winter evening, nothing, well may be a  hot chocolate by a roaring  log fire comes close. Mildly inspired by the recent series "River Cottage" Veg a vegetable only stew was in order. This has all the flavour of a roast dinner but none of the meat , intensely satisfying and comforting. The recipe serves 3 -4 persons when accompanied with a green vegetable such as cabbage, use whatever root vegetables you have to hand , swede and turnips are just as suitable.


  • Olive oil
  • Onion - large , peeled, chopped in to large segments
  • 3 carrots - peeled and chunky chopped
  • 3 parsnips - peeled and chopped into chunky pieces
  • 1 large sweet potato - peeled and chopped in to chunks
  • 1/2 a medium celeriac - peeled and chunky chopped or swede or similar
  • 4 cloves of garlic - whole and unpeeled
  • Cornflour - 1tbsp
  • 4 large mushrooms - chopped
  • Vegetable stock - about 400ml
  • Dried porcini - soaked 
You could also use butternut squash or pumpkin as some of your vegetables if you wish.

  • Preheat your oven to 200c
  • Place your vegetables (except the mushrooms) on a baking tray, drizzle with 1 tbsp of olive oil
  • Roast for approx 30 mins until tender and golden
  • Transfer to a large casserole dish and cover with your stock, reduce the oven to 180c and bake covered for 30 mins.
  • Fry the mushrooms (drain the porcini and chop if large) in a little olive, now add the cornflour and some of the porcini soaking stock, stir and then add the whole pan to the casserole dish, stir and return to oven. 
  • Prepare your dumplings (check out my earlier recipe) and bake the stew with the added dumplings for a further 15 mins until your dumplings are cooked and fluffy and your stock has thicken.
  • Serve sprinkled with fresh herbs.


A Little Bit of Heaven on a Plate said...

That looks so appetising, lovely gravy, am not good at trying this sort of dish normally but that appeals to me.

Annes S said...

Ooh I like the idea of a veggie stew, its not something I really think of but know I would like, minus the dumplings which I never quite understood or enjoyed, too heavy for me I think!

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