Tink's Cider Beef Stew With Fluffy Dumplings

150 mins (prep 30, cooking 120)
20 ingredients
6-8 servings
I used to use a basic cider stew recipe, but one day about 25 years ago, I went to make it and found I was out of apple cider. I did have a packet of spiced cider mix, from a holiday gift basket, though. My family loved it, so I experimented further with the recipe. I've been buying the spiced cider packets ever since, just for stew. I find it year round, usually on the top shelf of the unrefrigerated juice aisle, at the grocery store. We've tried many other good stew recipes over the years, but this is the one, with its fluffy dumplings, that my family calls comfort food. The dumplings are optional, and I still use the recipe found in my first Betty Crocker cookbook.

Categories:  main-dish , beef , meat , <-4-hours , vegetable , one-dish-meal , time-to-make ,
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Serving Size (316.43 g)
Servings 6
Amount per Serving
Calories 299.72 Calories from Fat 106.56
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11.84g 109.31%
Saturated Fat 2.79g 83.62%
Trans Fat 1.04g %
Cholesterol 10.35mg 20.7%
Sodium 1167.62mg 291.9%
Total Carbohydrate 38.3g 76.6%
Dietary Fiber 4.38 g 105.2%
Sugars 8.19 g %
Protein 12.88g 154.59%
Vitamin A 29.84IU% Vitamin C 0.94mg%
Calcium 296.48mg% Iron 2.06mg%
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your diet value must be higher or lower depending upon your calorie needs:
  Calories 2,000 2,500
Total Fat Less Than 65g 80g
Sat Fat Less Than 20g 25g
Cholesterol Less Than 300mg 300mg
Sodium Less Than 2,400mg 2,400mg
Total Carb   300g 375g
Dietary Fiber   25g 30g
Potassium   3,500 mg
Protein   50 g
Calories Per Gram
Fat 9•Carbohydrate 4•Protein 4
*Nutrition information was calculated excluding the following ingredients:
beef stew meat, salt and pepper, apple cider vinegar, dried thyme, baby carrots, stalks celery, medium onion, cold water