Mince and dumplings Recipe/Colman's instant gravy review!
The weather in Stornoway is awful today, winds blowing at ridiculous speeds to the point where the ferry sailings have been cancelled. The ducks that I own are secured into their pen by a normal sized door, which is on it's side and held up by bricks and a giant plant pot. That door ended up blowing half way down my garden!!
The bad, cold weather has made me want to cook comfort foods, and what's better than mince and dumplings? I love mince, and I love dumplings.
I'm also posting a wee review on the gravy I used for this recipe. I decided to buy something new, instead of gravy granules.
I used Colman's instant beef gravy. It says that it's made with real meat juices which is why I wanted to use it in my recipe. The tube is around £1.50 from Tesco. It's also in a toothpaste type tube! Which is pretty convenient. It says to use two heaped teaspoons to 250 mls of water. I used it differently to the instructions.
500g mince meat (I'd advise lean mince, but I used Tesco everyday value)
Handful of peas
Colman's instant beef gravy
50g Beef Suet
100g Self raising flour
1. Chop up the onions and carrots into small pieces
2. Heat up a small amount of oil, I used frylight, and saute the onions, carrots and peas for about 5 minutes
3. Add the mince and brown. This will take about 10 minutes
4. I added a tsp of oregano, 2 tsp of garlic salt, dash of pepper at this stage
5. I added two heaped tbsp of the Colman's instant gravy, and mixed it with around 800ml of water
As you can see it's quite thick!
6. Whilst the gravy and mince is simmering away, make the dumplings!
I used Atora. The best suet in my opinion!
Add the flour and suet together in a bowl
7. Add a small dash of water a little at a time until it all combined and you can form a dough. Make sure you flour your hands and the work surface! It gets quite messy!! Add more flour if it's too sticky.
8. Roll the mixture into small balls! They're supposed to make 8. I somehow ended up with 9!
9. Add each ball to the mince that's cooking away on the hob. I cooked these in the sauce pan for around 10 minutes.
I then transferred the whole lot into a baking dish to go in the oven for 200 degrees. I bakes in the oven for around 20 minutes.
Serve with any veggies you like! I chose cabbage and carrots, mmm!
Sadly there was too much oil! I think it's from the cheap mince I bought. I'm on a budget so, need to buy the value stuff. I've been advised to cook the mince and then drain the liquid into a container!
The gravy itself was pretty nice. It had a nice strong meaty taste to it. The first thing my significant other commented was the gravy. I would definitely spend more to buy this again, I thought it was handy it coming in a tube. I mean granules are great too, but this tasted far better. I will make it with a roast next time, and see if it tastes the same! Definitely worth the spend and very easy to work with!
The only I had was getting the remaining gravy paste off the spoon! I swirled it loads around the mince mixture, but it would budge. Overall 4/5 stars for the product.