Y’all, I know I say I’m excited whenever I have a guest on the blog, and I am, but I’m SUPER excited to welcome Ben! He’s in sixth grade in Florida and is a BIG fan of cooking and Harry Potter – the perfect combination, in my humble opinion. Today he combines his two passions by bringing us a special Harry Potter-themed stew recipe. Wingardium Leviosa, Ben! (Okay, that’s the only spell I remember. I really don’t want you to fly away.)
POOF!!! The Unofficial Harry Potter Cookbook by Dinah Bucholz will bring magical dishes to the table. Dinah Bucholz not only has more than 150 different recipes from Harry Potter, but each recipe comes with a story that ties it to the series. Inspired by a recipe from the book, we made beef stew with herb dumplings and a simple ice cream sundae for dessert.
Beef stew – the perfect holiday recipe.
The first step is to prepare the dumplings.
- Mix together 1 cup of flour, ¼ tsp. of salt, 1 tsp. of baking powder, ¼ tsp. black pepper, ¼ tsp. of sage, ¼ tsp. thyme, ¼ tsp. marjoram, 2 tbsp. of chopped fresh parsley
- Add 4 tbsp of butter, broken into smallpieces. Mix until combined with flour mixture.
- Add 2 tbsp of milk and 1 egg. Mix until clumped in a dough.
- Wrap in plastic and refrigerate.
Now for the stew:
- Heat small amount of vegetable oil in a large pot.
- Brown 2lbs. of stew meat in batches.
- After all the meat is removed, add 1 chopped onion and cook until soft.
- Add 1 tbsp. offlour and mix in with meat drippings.
- Add 1 can of chicken broth.
- Put meat back in pot and cook over medium high heat until bubbling.
- Reduce and let simmer for 1 ½ hrs.
- Add 2 chopped carrots, 2 chopped celery stalks, and 5 potatoes in bite-size pieces.
- Let simmer for another hour.
- Get the dumpling dough out and roll into 1-inch balls.
- Drop dumpling balls into stew.
- Cover and let simmer for 30 minutes.
If you have a liking of ice cream, you will love this simple dessert.
- Toast nuts of your choice in a pan for 4-6 minutes.
- Scoop ice cream (vanilla is recommended, but any ice cream is fine) into a bowl.
- Pour chocolate or caramel syrup over and add some nuts.
- Repeat the layer if you choose.
MMM!!! A meal that is sure to satisfy and will keep you warm and cozy in this cold upcoming weather.
Ben, you had me at dumplings. Sounds YUMMY! So tell me, dear readers – what’s your favorite dish for a cold winter night?