Poor Mans Stew

Submitted by Iesha Chau

Poor Mans Stew

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Serving: 6
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 30 minutes


  • 1/2 kg of gravy beef diced
  • 3 potatoes diced
  • 2 carrots diced
  • 1 onion diced
  • 1 can of diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup red wine
  • 1Tbs garlic
  • 2 Tbs Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 Tbs tomato paste
  • 2 cups beef stock
  • 1Tbs sugar
  • 2 Tbs dissolved instant gravy powder
  • Mixed veg (optional)
  • Dumplings
  • 2 cups SR Flour
  • 1 cup of shaved butter
  • 1 tsp of garlic (optional)
  • Choice of seasonings and herbs (optional)


  • Diced all stew ingredients and put in slow cooker on low for 8 hours.
  • For the dumplings bind ingredients until the mixture forms a crumble like consistency, then add cold water bit by bit to form a dough but not too wet and then form into your personal preference in size balls (remember they double in size).
  • Add mixed veg and dumplings for one hour on High before serving, enjoy!

5 thoughts on “Poor Mans Stew”

  1. I love a good stew and usually just make it up as I go! This was really yummy – I added zucchini, celery and peas. I didn’t do the dumplings as my son cannot eat wheat, so served with crusty bread instead. My 2yo went back for a third bowl. Will definitely keep this on the regular list over winter.

  2. Oh my goodness, this bought back memories of my childhood. My mum used to make poor man’s stew with dumplings at least once a week and I loved it. Can’t wait to give this one a go for my kids

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