Gluten Free Mince with Dumplings to warm you in winter.
As I mentioned in my Christmas Pudding recipe I could only find one supermarket selling gluten free suet – Morrisons. You can also pick it up from good online gluten free food stockists, but being able to find it in a local supermarket on your way home form work is very convenient.
During the winter months there is nothing nicer on a Sunday afternoon than simmering away a hearty stew with dumplings. We hadn’t eaten mince and dumplings since I found out I was gluten intolerant as I hadn’t found a suitable alternative to suet to use to make the dumplings. After finding the suet (for making Gluten Free Christmas Puddings) I was delighted to be able to try it out in dumplings to see how they turned out.
The gluten free dumplings are a little lighter colour that non gluten free dumplings, but I think that is due to the gluten free flour rather than the suet itself, which is often a little paler and chalkier than regular flour. The taste was excellent though and they get the thumbs up from Tom and I!
Heat the olive oil in the largest pan you have, cook the onion, garlic, celery and carrots for about 15 minutes - stirring regularly
Add the mince to the pan and cook until brown (usually 5-10 minutes)
Add the chopped tomatoes, tomato puree, beef stock and wine to the pan, turn up the heat and simmer for around 20-30 minutes - stir occasionally
For the dumplings
In a bowl mix the flour, suet, mixed herbs and salt. Once mixed add cold water to make a soft dough - probably around 100mL but add slowly to make sure you don't have a soggy mix. This will make around 6 dumplings.
Place the dumplings on top of the simmering mince, cover the mince with a lid and keep simmering for approx 20 minutes or until the dumplings are cooked and risen.
I have replaced fresh garlic with garlic salt as Tom has a garlic intolerance. We found that he doesn't seem to react to garlic salt so we add a little of that instead of fresh garlic, which definitely does bother him when he has it.