Beef Cobbler


serves 4
575 g (1 1/4 lb) stewing or braising steak, cut into cubes
25 g (1 oz) plain flour
1 teaspoon dried mixed herbs
salt and pepper
1 onion, chopped
3 tablespoons oil
100 g (4 oz) baby carrots
2 parsnips, quartered and sliced
600 ml (1 pint) beef stock
100 g (4 oz) frozen peas

for the topping

225 g (8 oz) self- raising flour
pinch of salt
50 g (2 oz) butter or margarine
1 egg, beaten plus extra to glaze
3 tablespoons milk


1. Toss the meat in a mixture of the flour, herbs and seasoning. Cook in the oil until browned. Transfer to a casserole.

2. Cook the onion in the oil until soft and add to the casserole with the carrots, parsnips and beef stock. Season to taste. Cover and cook in a moderate oven for 2 hours until the meat is cooked. Stir in the peas.

3. Sift the flour and salt into a bowl, rub in the fat until the mixture resembles fine breadcrumbs.

4. Stir in the beaten egg and enough milk to make a soft dough. Roll out on a lightly floured work surface to about 2.5cm/1 in thick. Cut into rounds using a 5 cm/2 in scone cutter.

5. Place the cobblers on top of the meat in the casserole, increase the oven heat and bake for 15 minutes.

Freezer Tip
If you intend freezing the cooked cobbler, then first line the casserole dish with double-thick cooking foil, making sure there are no cracks or gaps and allowing plenty of overlap round the rim.
Cook the casserole and cobbler in the lined dish, then cool and lightly cover. Freeze until hard. When solid, the cobbler in foil can be removed from the dish, packed in extra foil, labelled and stored.

What did you think?

84 people have helped to review this recipe. Thankyou!

Beef Bad
posted by Anaru @ 06:19AM, 10/06/07
Beef no good. Beef dry.
Oven Temp
posted by April1 @ 11:24AM, 2/09/08
There was no oven temp for this recipe so i assumed it was the same as the beef stew.
posted by neil @ 10:08AM, 2/22/08
Moderate oven (180C/350F or Gas Mark 4)
Lovely recipe for beef cobbler.
Delicious and healthy!
posted by Michelle @ 11:09AM, 6/22/08
My 8 year old son had beef cobbler at school and asked me to make it at home for him. I found this recipe and made it today, it was beautiful. My son loved it and gave it a 9 :0) and I'd give it 10.

Being Welsh I added leek to it too, and because i've recently lost 10 stone i chose not to have the topping. Delicious, we'll definatley have it again. Thanks
Beef cobbler-Wow
posted by Carol Weller @ 10:04AM, 10/03/08
I made this for the family we love dumplings so thought we would give this a go. It was absolutely delicious. The cobbler was light and fluffy and had far less fat than dumplings. A definate for the cold winter days.
Spice it up
posted by TuraMan @ 09:58AM, 11/06/08
With some Angostura bitters... lovely.. makes it that much more tasty
Dumpling saving
posted by Sara @ 10:43AM, 11/19/08
I was making casserole and wanted dumplings, only i didn't have any suet so i searched for an alternative. This is what i found and it was excellent and lower in fat content. Perfect for cold winter days!
How is it going?
posted by ruth, Neath,South Wales @ 10:18AM, 2/03/09
I'll let you know by 3:30 today. Thought i would make this as it snowing outside and we need something hot and wholesome. Walked to local shop this morning to get suet, but nothing there, then i saw this recipe.......let you know soon.
Beef cobbler
posted by jonny cook @ 09:10AM, 2/08/09
I find that by adding a 450ml bottle of stout(oyster if poss)to the stew you get a much richer taste to the finished dish.
posted by mandy,wirral 20/5/09 @ 12:22PM, 5/20/09
You don't need to get much for this recipe so it's cheep and easy to do. Made a delicious meal every-one enjoyed it
Veggie Option
posted by Amy @ 06:52AM, 7/11/09
We used Quron mince alternative with some chopped tomatoes instead of the beef and gravy as a vegetarian alternative - worked reallly well!
Nice and easy
posted by lily @ 10:01AM, 2/04/10
Added garlic and some red wine lovely. simple ingredients and method
posted by shaun @ 06:37AM, 3/28/10
Tried this several weeks ago and now it's a regular on the menu.We are having it this very afternoon,cannot wait.
posted by Jules @ 01:39PM, 4/13/10
Awesome is not a word I normally use, but it is the only one that represents how... well, awesome this dish was! I put red wine and mushrooms in with the beef, and herbs in the 'cobbles' and served it with roast carrots, parsnip and potatoes, and green beans. I will definitely be making this again!
Add cheese to the scones
posted by Karen @ 01:08PM, 8/27/10
My mom always added cheese to the scones for some extra flovour.
Loved it
posted by sylvia @ 12:56PM, 10/18/10
My husbands favourite meal and the kids loved it too!!!
Simple tip
posted by Baz in Mevagissey @ 05:41PM, 3/18/11
Get a large freezer bag put the flour herbs salt pepper and beef in, close it up and shake it all about. Saves on the washing and keeps the meat safe while you prepare the rest of the ingredients. Simples!!!!!!!!
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