Archive of BBC Food Recipes

Mince and dumplings

Prep time less than 30 mins
Cook time less than 30 mins
Serves 6
From Hairy Bikers' Best of British
Embrace autumn with a great, big hug of a dish: comforting mince and dumplings.


  1. Heat the oil in a large saucepan or flameproof casserole and cook the onion, garlic, celery and carrots for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally until soft and pale golden-brown.

  2. Add the minceand cook for a further five minutes.

  3. Add the tomatoes, tomato purée, beef stock, red wine, sugar and bay leaf. Add a good pinch of salt and freshly ground black pepper. Bring to the boil, then reduce the heat and simmer gently for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.

  4. For the dumplings, put the flour in a bowl and stir in the suet, salt and parsley. Make a well in the centre and add enough cold water - you’ll need around 200ml/7fl oz - to mix to a soft, spongy dough. Use lightly floured hands to roll into 12 small balls.

  5. Place the dumplings carefully on top of the mince. Cover with a tight-fitting lid and cook over a medium heat for 18-20 minutes, or until the dumplings are cooked through and well risen.


For the mince

  • 2 tbsp sunflower oil
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
  • 2 celery sticks, peeled, finely sliced
  • 2 medium carrots, diced
  • 500g/1lb 2oz lean beef mince
  • 1 x 400g/14oz can chopped tomatoes
  • 2 tbsp tomato purée
  • 350ml/12fl beef stock
  • 150ml/5fl oz red wine
  • pinch caster sugar
  • 1 bay leaf
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper

For the dumplings

  • 250g/10oz self-raising flour, plus extra for rolling
  • 125g/5oz shredded beef suet
  • ½ tsp fine sea salt
  • 2 tbsp chopped fresh parsley

Shopping List

Mince and dumplings

Fruit and vegetables

Tins, packets and jars

Cooking ingredients


Meat, fish and poultry

This link may stop to work if/when the BBC removes the recipes
This site is under development - You can use it, but some things are not completed and may not be quite right!