Tuesday, October 26, 2010

The Betty Crocker Project : Beef-Less Burgundy Stew with Herb Dumplings

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As we head into the junk food-chocoholic-sweet tooth paradise known as Halloween - we thought it might be good to post a fall dish that has lots of flavor & vegetables to help with those candy and cupcake hangovers we're all going to have.

I have to admit my favorite part of this recipe is the Herb Dumplings because they are a lot like The Betty Crocker Project's Garlic Cheesy Biscuits (that are pretty much one of my very favorite recipes ever). Another thing I love is that this recipe only takes about an hour to make as compared to the 10 - no joke 10 hours the meaty version takes and has none of the fat you would find in the 2 pounds of beef the original recipes calls for. This is actually a pretty light stew and we tried to keep it as traditional as possible while staying in the spirit of Betty's original recipe. I know I'm bragging now - but I think we rocked this one.

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Beef-Less Burgundy Stew with Herb Dumplings

  • 1 Package Gardein Beef-less tips or Beef Seitan 
  • 1 Large Red Onion (1/2 sliced into rings - the other 1/2 diced)
  • 4 Carrots (cut into coins - should make 2 Cups)
  • 3 Stalks of Celery (chopped) 
  • 1 Can Diced Tomatoes 
  • 1 Cup White Mushrooms (sliced)
  • 3/4 Cup Fresh Spinach 
  • 1 Cup Frozen Peas
  • 1 Cup Frozen Green Beans 
  • 1 Cup Red Wine or Sherry or Apple Cider 
  • 2 Tablespoons Olive Oil 
  • 3 Teaspoons Braggs
  • 1 Teaspoon Thyme Leaves (dried)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Onion Powder
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Ground Mustard Seed
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Celery Seed
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Black Pepper
  • 1/4 Cup Fresh Parsley (chopped) 
  • 1/2 Cup Better Than Bouillon - Vegan Beef or Vegetable Flavor (made per instructions on the package) 
  • 2 Tablespoon Whole Wheat Flour 
  • Pinch of Nutritional Yeast
  • Salt & Pepper to Taste
Herb Dumplings
  • 1 1/2 Cups Bisquick Mix (there are several versions - read the label to make sure the one you are getting is vegan)
  • 1/2 Teaspoon Thyme Leaves (dried)
  • 1/4 Teaspoon Sage Leaves (dried and crumbled) 
  • 1/2 Cup Soy Milk

Heat oven 400.

In a glass baking dish, place your Gardein in first and then cover with a layer of the Red Onion Slices. Bake the Gardein and Red Onion for around 10 minutes or until both the Gardein and Red Onion are golden brown and tender.

While your Gardein is baking you'll want to make the rest of your stew. In a large soup pot, combine the remaining Stew Ingredients and heat at a medium heat. Stir occasionally and when it begins to boil cover and reduce heat to a simmer. Continue to check on the Stew and stir occasionally. You will see a brothy liquid form in the bottom of the glass dish you are baking your Gardein in. Pour that Broth into the Stew and stir until mixed in. This is a good time to taste your Stew to see if it needs more Salt or Pepper. If you would like more Salt - I would suggest dashes of Braggs instead of table Salt.

You're going to let your Stew simmer for around 30-40 minutes. You'll want to remove the pot from heat when the vegetables are tender - especially the Carrots. It is kinda a judgment call on how tender you like your carrots. Some folks like them mushy - some don't. You are going to also bake this Stew for another 5-8 minutes so keep that in mind when deciding when to remove your Stew from the burner.

While your Stew is simmering, make your Dumplings.
In a large bowl, mix Bisquick, Sage and Thyme thoroughly before pouring in the Soy Milk. Stir it all together with a large wooden spoon.

Once your Stew is ready and vegetables are the desired tenderness, pour the Stew into a large casserole dish or Dutch oven. Then place the baked Red Onion Slices on top and then make a layer of the Gardein. What you are doing is making a kinda net with the Red Onion to keep the Gardein from sinking or soaking in the Stew. Then with a soup spoon drop spoonfuls of dough on top to make your dumplings. We tried several different sized spoons to see which was best and the old stand by soup spoon seemed to really be the rockstar.

Place the casserole dish or Dutch oven in the oven uncovered for 5-8 minutes or until your Dumplings are golden brown and you can remove a tooth pick from them cleanly. If you run out of Dumplings before you run out of Stew - don't worry - you can always use the Dumpling recipe again to bake up another side of extras. That may or may not be happening in our kitchen right now. OK it is. 


  1. Sounds great and I'd love to try it. However, we keep kosher are Gardein isn't. Can you suggest a substitute. We can and do sometimes make our own seitan. Would home made seitan be prepared the same way as the gardein? Store purchased seitan?

  2. I think seitan would be just as good prepared this way. The onion adds a little flavor and the baking gives the seitan a sorta "skin" so it doesn't get mushy. I would think your homemade seitan would have the same result.

  3. This looks so good! I don't really miss beef, but I do miss beef stew, and I'm a sucker for a good biscuit. Can't wait to try this!

  4. We made this tonight for dinner and it's amazing! Comfort food at it's ethical best. You DID rock this one Annie!!
    Thank you,