Mrs. Fezziwig's Stew With Cheddar Dumplings

Prep Time
Cook Time
1h 20m
Ready In

"There is nothing better than a warming bowl of homemade stew on a cold, rainy or snowy day. This pork stew recipe with apple and hard cider helps to cut through the rich, meaty flavor and adds pillowy cheddar dumplings on top for an extra comforting finish. It's a really delightful comfort dish. Source: Victoria Glass."

Original recipe yields 4-5 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (844.2 g)
  • Calories 820.6
  • Total Fat - 37.5 g
  • Saturated Fat - 16.5 g
  • Cholesterol - 209.9 mg
  • Sodium - 528.4 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 49.2 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 6.6 g
  • Sugars - 18.9 g
  • Protein - 61.9 g
  • Calcium - 377.6 mg
  • Iron - 5.4 mg
  • Vitamin C - 21.9 mg
  • Thiamin - 2.4 mg


Step 1

Fry the onions, leek, garlic and celery in oil in a cast-iron casserole dish or large ovenproof saucepan until soft and slightly golden.

Step 2

Add in the pork and stir to brown. Add the apples and allow to fry for a couple of minutes, before generously seasoning. If you’re using dried sage, add it to the pot now, before pouring in the cider.

Step 3

Leave to simmer for 30 minutes or until tender, before stirring through with the fresh sage (if using) and prior to topping with dumplings.

Cheddar Dumplings

Step 4

Combine the flour (there’s no need to sift it), butter or suet, salt, pepper and half of the cheese in a mixing bowl.

Step 5

Add enough water to make a dough and roll 8–10 dumplings between your hands. Pop them on top of your pork and apples, put on a lid and leave to simmer for a further 20 minutes.

Step 6

Just before serving, scatter over the remaining cheese and pop under a hot broiler until the cheese melts and turns slightly golden (keeping a very watchful eye so as not to have it burn. Goes perfect with a side of side green vegetables or some good roasted root veggies.

Step 7

*NOTE I: Not to be confused with the cider bought at farmstands or supermarkets that contain no alcohol. Chaplin & Cork’s Somerset Reserve Cider" is a hard cider that is smooth, airy with soft carbonation, 6.8% alcohol. Any other brand will do that is a good tasty brand.*

Step 8

*NOTE II: this recipe calls for a handful of sage, but it all depends on the size of your hand. I figure it's about 1/4 - to 1/2 cup.

Tips & Variations

No special items needed.



Fantastic stew I loved the addition of cider

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(1 Aug 2019)