Shamrock Steak and Dumplings

Shamrock Steak and Dumplings

Today’s post is from the hubby’s grandmother’s handwritten Irish cookbook: Shamrock Steak and Dumplings!  Since this is a slow-cooked one-pot meal, it is a simple way to enjoy a delicious meal with little effort.  Serve it with a side of Irish Soda Bread and you’re set!

Shamrock Steak and Dumplings
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Recipe type: Main Dish
Cuisine: Irish
Serves: 6-8

For the steak
  • 2 pounds steak, any kind, cut up into 1 inch pieces
  • ¼ cup white whole wheat flour (original recipe calls for all-purpose)
  • kosher salt and pepper
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 cups tomato sauce (or 1 can)
  • 1 large onion, roughly diced
  • 10 ounce package of carrots, peeled and diced
  • 10 ounce package of frozen peas
  • 2 cups mushrooms, sliced (original recipe calls for 1 can mushrooms)
For the dumplings
  • 1 cup white whole wheat flour (the original recipe calls for all-purpose)
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ cup milk

For the steak
  1. Put meat into a shallow dish and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Add flour and stir to coat.
  2. Add oil to a large heavy-bottomed pot, such as a dutch oven. Sear meat on medium heat, stirring occasionally until all sides are seared.
  3. Remove meat from heat.
  4. Add tomato sauce, water, onion, about a palmful of kosher salt (more or less to taste) and pepper.
  5. Stir and bring to a boil.
  6. Reduce temperature and add meat back in. Simmer for an hour.
  7. Add carrots, peas, and mushrooms.
  8. Return to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer one more hour.
For the dumplings
  1. Sift flour, baking powder, and salt in a bowl.
  2. In a separate bowl, beat egg. Add oil and milk and mix well.
  3. Add wet mixture to dry mixture and stir to combine.
  4. Drop rounded spoonfuls of dough on top of the meat.
  5. Cover and cook 15 minutes. Do not lift lid during cooking.


I love hearing from you.  Let me know what your favorite one-pot meals are and comment below!


  1. Serena

    REALLY? From a grandmother’s handwritten cookbook…then it HAS to be good! I’m part Irish too, but never found a really GOOD stew recipe…must try this one! Perfect timing….

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      There is a special place in my heart for old, passed down in the family recipes. I hope you like this stew recipe Serena! We have been enjoying the leftovers all week.

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