Beer Braised Pot Roast with Herb Dumplings

Beer Braised Pot Roast with Herb Dumplings

Fork tender pot roast braised slowly and topped with moist and delicious herb dumplings. Recipe by Laura Bashar of Family Spice



  1. In a large bowl stir and combine:
    • 2 1/2 lb London broil , cut into 2-inch cubes
    • 1 TBS all-purpose flour
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 1/4 tsp black pepper, ground
  2. Heat a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat and add:
    • 1 tsp extra virgin olive oil
    • 4 slices of prosciutto , diced
  3. Cook until lightly browned, approximately 5 minutes.
  4. Add in:
    • 1 large onion , sliced
  5. Remove the onions and prosciutto with a slotted spoon to a large plate.
  6. Add beef cubes in batches to hot oil.
  7. Brown all sides and remove beef to plate with onions.
  8. Repeat steps 6 & 7 until all the meat is browned.
  9. Return everything to the Dutch oven and mix in:
    • 1 lb mushrooms , sliced
    • 1 1/2 cup beer
    • 2 cup beef broth
  10. Bring to boil, then reduce heat to low.
  11. Place in the stew:
    • 1 bouquet garni , sprigs of parsley, thyme & bay leaf tied together
  12. Cook covered for 2 hours.
  13. Approximately 20 minutes prior to serving, prepare the dumplings.
  14. In a medium-sized bowl, heat in the microwave on high for 45-60 seconds until butter melts:
    • 1/2 cup milk
    • 2 TBS butter, unsalted
  15. Stir in with a wooden spoon:
    • 1 cup all-purpose flour
    • 2 tsp baking powder
    • 1/2 tsp salt
    • 2 tsp chives , chopped
    • 2 tsp thyme, fresh , chopped
    • 2 tsp rosemary, fresh , chopped
  16. Mix until ingredients are all combined and a wet dough is formed. Do not over mix.
  17. Using two spoons, drop golf-ball sized balls of dough into the Dutch oven with the pot roast. If pot roast has been turned off, make sure it is reheated and hot before adding the dough to the pot roast.
  18. Push dough balls into the liquid to coat.
  19. Repeat with remaining dough. You should have approximately 8 dumplings.
  20. Cover pot and cook over low heat, covered until dumplings double in size, approximately 15-20 minutes.
  21. Transfer pot roast to serving bowl.
  22. Sprinkle over pot roast with the leaves from:
    • 2 sprigs of thyme, fresh
  23. Serve immediately.

Beer Braised Pot Roast with Herb Dumplings  Detail

Prep Time: 15 min
Cook Time: 2 hours 20 min

Difficulty: Easy
Servings: 6
Serving Size: 4-6 oz meat

Serving Suggestions: You can use any type of beer, from a dark stout beer to an inexpensive amber lager. You can also use non-alcoholic beer. Instead of prosciutto, try using pancetta or bacon.

Cooking Tips: You can also prepare the pot roast in a slow cooker. Just follow steps 1-8, then add everything to slow cooker. Cook on low heat for 4-5 hours, or until fork tender. Add the dumplings 20 minutes prior to serving.