Red Wine Beef Stew with Alexandrina Cheesy Dumplings

Alexandrina Winter Recipes Series


 A hearty beef and red wine stew is hard to beat, particularly when it is topped with cheesy, fluffy dumplings. 

Serves 4 – 6

Groundwork – 25 minutes preparation time + 2 hours simmering + 15 minutes in oven 

elements – beef stew

  • 1 kg beef, chuck steak, trimmed and cut into 4cm pieces
  • 2 tablespoons plain flour
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil 
  • 1 large brown onion, chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • bay leaves, 2 or 3 dried leave, whole
  • 1 cup red wine
  • 400 g can of diced tomatoes, 
  • 2 cups of beef stock 
  • thyme, 2-3 springs
  • fresh leaf parsley, roughly chopped, to serve

elements – cheesy dumplings


  • coat beef in flour, shaking off excess. 
  • heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in casserole dish over medium heat.
  • add half the beef, cook for 5 minutes or until browned all over, transfer to a bowl. 
  • repeat with 1 tablespoon oil and beef, transfer to a bowl.
  • heat remaining oil, add onion, garlic, carrot, celery and bay leaves, cook, stirring occasionally for 6 minutes. 
  • add tomato puree, stock, red wine and thyme, season with salt and pepper, stir to combine.
  • return the beef to the pan, and bring to the boil. After this reduce heat to low. cover with lid. 
  • simmer, stirring occasionally, for 2 hours or until beef is tender.
  • preheat oven to 200C. 
  • meanwhile, make cheesy dumplings: combine flour, polenta, gourmet shredd and baking powder in a bowl, season with salt and pepper.
  • make a well in the centre, add Crème Fraiche and Milk, and mix well to combine. 
  • optional, you can remove the bay leaves and thyme leaves from the stewnow. 
  • place spoonfuls of dumpling mixture over stew, then cover with lid, bake for 15 minutes. 
  • let stand for 5 minutes, serve sprinkled with chopped parsley.  

Image credit : Tania Bowles 2020

Calcium Hero of the Dish:  Alexandrina Gourmet Shred

Alexandrina’s Gourmet Shred is blended by our cheesemaker, it consists of four shredded cheeses including Edam, Gouda, Cheddar and Romano. Gourmet Shred has a tangy and medium bodied profile, but also a mellow sweetness. Gourmet Shred is conveniently used for melting, mixing or grilling, but can be used as a topping. When heated it has an elastic and stretchy texture, it has strong savoury flavour, and gives a beautiful aroma to your meal. 33.8 % minimum fat | available in 500g & 1kg bags.

Looking for the Alexandrina Range? | Alexandrina Cheese work with an incredible network of retailers and one or two key partners across the country. This list is just the beginning of where you can find Alexandrina Cheese products near you.  We recommend giving retailers a call to check for which Alexandrina Cheese products they have in stock. Here is the link ---> Stockists 

Looking for Beef | try one of the growers at your local independent grocer or at farmers market. 

Plating up | You may choose to serve your stew on a plate, with a parsnip or celeriac mash or even a few extra vegetables. 

Top tip | You could add any seasonal vegetables to this stew, mushrooms, turnips, swedes, or parsnip. 

Find more Alexandrina Recipes here |  --> Alexandrina Curd’s & Whey blog 


We are preparing ourselves for our first ever

Cook - Along - Together Challenge this Winter

with Alexandrina Cheese Company

You are welcome to tune in to our LIVESTREAM on Tuesday (a day early) to hear about how this #challenge is going to work.

Our first recipe of the series is a delicious Red Wine Beef Stew with Alexandrina Cheesy Dumplings.

We are keen for you to post your cooking photographs either on facebook or instagram, using our new hashtags.

#cookalongtogether #alexandrinacheese

Each week the second hashtag will change, stay tuned!


Alexandrina Cheese Club - Recipes & Cooking - Australia

First published sometime during the early 2000’s – Cooking with Rebekah, and commonly Rebekah handed out little recipes at the Alexandrina Cheese stall at the farmers market, and this was one of those recipes gifted by Rebekah our ATeam member.

This blog is not sponsored, we exclusively partner with Alexandrina Cheese Company Pty Ltd.  


This Winter with Alexandrina Cheese 

A great whey to beat the winter blues

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