A slow cooked vegan vegetable stew using all the odds and ends from the late autumn plot. Mushroom dumplings complement this already rich and flavoursome dish.
I was lucky enough to grow up with an Aga in the house. This meant plenty of slow cooked meals. There’s something about slow cooking that really brings out the flavours of ingredients and melds them into something richer and more flavoursome than the sum of their parts.
These days, I only have an ordinary electric cooker, so I don’t tend to do much of that sort of cooking. At least I didn’t until I was sent a Von Shef slow cooker to try out. Those delicious childhood stews called to me and I knew I was very soon going to make a slow cooker vegetable stew.
Digital Slow Cooker
This VonShef Digital Slow Cooker from Domu, is simple to use and easy to clean. I was a little concerned I might not get it right first time, but I should have known better; I already have a VonShef 3-in-1 blender, which I use all the time. In my experience, Domu stock reliable products at an affordable price.
The slow cooker instructions were clear and the execution easy. It has three heat settings and a digital timer. The shiny black crockery pot is quite handsome in its own right and is the embodiment of a slow cook casserole dish. The toughened glass lid allows you to easily see what’s going on inside. It’s a large 6.5 litre pot with plenty of capacity for joints of meat and loads of vegetables.
Being a vegetarian, I opted for the latter. It’s ideal for large families, for batch cooking and freezing and for entertaining. There’s something deeply reassuring about going out to work, safe in the knowledge there will be a piping hot and delicious meal waiting for you on your return.
If this appeals, have a go at your very own pot luck with the Von Shef Digital Slow Cooker giveaway below. Christmas is coming, in case you hadn’t noticed and a slow cooker is a great way to recycle all those Christmas leftovers.
End of Season Veg
It’s pretty much the end of the season down at the plot and a good time to use up the odds and ends from the garden. Shelled runner beans and wonky carrots that would never make it to the supermarket will do very nicely in a slow cooker vegetable stew. In fact the only vegetable that went into the stew that we hadn’t grown ourselves was the onion.
The wonderful thing about garden stews, is that you can add pretty much whatever you like to them. So chuck in your beetroots, celeriac or swedes and feel free to add some kale or cabbage into the mix too. It’s a great way to use up marrows or overgrown courgettes too.
I do like a good dumpling with a stew. Often I add cheese to mine, but this time, I decided to keep the dish dairy free and vegan by way of a change. So instead of adding cheese, I added some mushrooms instead. What a revelation. They are fabulous.
Slow Cooker Vegetable Stew with Mushroom Dumplings
As this end of season slow cooker vegetable stew cooked, enticing smells kept wafting up from the kitchen. I had to refrain from rushing down and taking the lid of to give an addictive stir. Not recommended as you want to retain as much of the heat as possible while cooking is in progress.
My slow cooker vegetable stew was rich and flavoursome, further enhanced by the mushroom dumplings. In all the excitement of my slow cooker extravaganza, I forgot to add the baking powder to the dumplings – oops! This meant they were not quite as light as they should have been. Luckily, they were still very tasty. I’ve made them many times since, however and I can attest they’re even better with the baking powder.
As I’d made enough for at least six people, I was planning on putting some away in the freezer for a rainy day. However, as the weather was thoroughly wet and miserable anyway, we ended up feasting on it for the next two nights.
Other Slow Cooker Veg Recipes You Might Like
- Chickpea and spinach curry via Planet Veggie
- Kale and ale slow cooker stew via Veggie Desserts
- Mushroom stroganoff via Supper in the Suburbs
- Spicy bean stew via Baking Queen
Keep in Touch
Thanks for visiting Tin and Thyme. If you make this end-of-season vegetable stew with or without the mushroom dumplings, I’d love to hear about it in the comments below. Have you any top tips? Do share a photo on social media too and use the hashtag #tinandthyme, so I can spot it.
If you’d like more warming winter recipes, follow the link and you’ll find I have quite a lot of them. All delicious, of course.
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Slow Cooker Vegetable Stew with Mushroom Dumplings – The Recipe
Slow Cooker Vegetable Stew with Mushroom Dumplings
- 3 tbsp rapeseed oil
- 1 large onion
- 300 g carrots - scrubbed
- 600 g potatoes - scrubbed
- 500 g prepared marrow or squash
- 200 g shelled beans I used runner beans
- 3-4 cloves garlic - finely chopped
- 1 red chilli - finely chopped deseeded if you don't want it too hot
- 2 bay leaves
- 1 sprig rosemary
- 3 sprigs thyme
- 1 scant tsp sea salt
- 250 ml tomato passata
- 250 ml red wine
- 400 ml water
- 100 g wholemeal flour
- ½ tsp baking powder
- 50 g vegetarian suet
- 1 field mushroom or 50g any mushrooms - finely chopped
- 1 pinch sea salt - I used Cornish sea salt of course
- a grind of pepper
- Pour the oil into the bottom of the slow cooker, then scatter the onions over.
- Roughly chop all of the veg and add to the pot.
- Add the herbs, garlic and chilli and sprinkle on the salt.
- Add the passata, wine and water.
- Cover and set the cooker to slow for 7 hours.
- Stir the ingredients together with a flat bladed knife.
- Add just enough water to bind them together, using the knife all the while.
- Take walnut size pieces and roll into balls - I made 11, but you could easily get 12.
- Take the lid of the slow cooker about an hour before it's due to stop. Give it a stir and place the dumplings over the top. Replace the lid and leave well alone until the cooking cycle has finished.
- You will find plenty of delicious recipe ideas over on the Domu slow cooker recipe hub. Mine should soon be one of them.
- I’m sending this vegan slow cooker vegetable stew to Jac over at Tinned Tomatoes for Meat Free Mondays.
- It would be hard to cram in any Extra Veg so this also goes to Helen at Fuss Free Flavours and Michelle at Utterly Scrummy Food for Families.
- This also goes to the Slow Cooked Challenge with Janice at Farmersgirl Kitchen and Lucy at Baking Queen.
- As many people would put the wonky carrots, overgrown courgettes and giant runner beans in the compost, I’m sending this off to It’s Not Easy Being Greedy for the No Waste Food Challenge normally hosted at Elizabeth’s Kitchen Diary.
- This month’s Vegetable Palette is the colour white and as I had lots of lovely white runner beans, as well as potatoes, I’m sending this off to Shaheen at A2K – A Seasonal Veg Table.
- The bay, rosemary and thyme in this wonderful vegetable stew makes it just right for Karen’s Cooking with Herbs over at Lavender and Lovage.
Thanks to Domu for the slow cooker. There was no requirement to write a positive review and as always all opinions are my own.