Buttery Beef Casserole with Dumplings

Buttery Beef Casserole with Dumplings

Share This Recipe

My buttery beef casserole is surprising delicious considering it was created originally with no testing at all done.

I had a simple request to convert a recipe from a Coles (supermarket) magazine from one of 365 members.

While the recipe in question wasn’t keto, it also was’t quite like this one but it inspired me to put a few simple ingredients together to create this.

Some of the 365ers starting testing it out telling me how good it was. I dont usually give out untested recipes but in my opinion not much can go wrong with a casserole.  Cook as long as you need to get the beef to become soft and tender and unctuous.  As many slow cookers are of varying temperatures, and meat is different depending on the cut of beef and the actual beast as well.

Mad Creations Buttery Beef Casserole with Cheese and Bacon Dumplings #ketomeal #ketodiet

Thanks Christine Russel for testing the recipe and air frying the dumplings. Christine’s pic above

Choice of Slow-Cooker

I use a Kitchenaid Multi Cooker as my slow cooker.  It is great in the way I can use it to sear the beef and then turn it down to slow cook straight after.  I cooked mine on slow at 80℃ for the first 4 hours then turned it up to slow at 95℃, before finishing it off at 100℃ for the last hour.  You don’t have to adjust yours at all but just allow plenty of time to cook this to get that meat beautiful and tender.

Beef Casserole


You will see that I have used Nutraorganics Collagen in this recipe.  I like to add collagen as a natural gluten free thickening agent where I can.  If your gravy needs additional thickening at the end add another scoop of collagen to some hot liquid and add stirring into casserole.

Collagen is fabulous for overall health it is proven to help

  • joint pain
  • reduce hair loss
  • strengthen nails
  • improve metabolism
  • prevent skin dryness and wrinkles
  • improve muscle mass
  • decrease bone degeneration
  • help leaky gut
  • protect cardiovascular health
  • benefit liver health and function

Serving suggestions

This is delicious served with some Daily Keto Bread and butter, cauliflower dumplings, or even with some grated cheese and sour cream.  So good!

I hope you love this recipe, I certainly did.

xo Megan

Beef Casserole

MAD CREATIONS Buttery Beef Casserole #ketodiet #glutenfree

Slow Cooker Buttery Beef Casserole

A delicious slow cooked stew that everyone will enjo
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 hours
Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes
Course: Lunch and Dinner
Cuisine: Australian Keto
Keyword: collagen cooking, keto casserole, keto meals
Recipe Category: Low Carb
Servings: 6 serves
Calories: 785kcal
Author: Megan


  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 800 g gravy beef or chuck steak cubed
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 80 g grass fed butter
  • 1/2 onion diced
  • 3 celery sticks finely diced
  • 4 radishes sliced
  • 2 garlic cloves crushed and sliced thinly
  • 200 g Swiss brown mushrooms sliced into quarters
  • 6 bacon rashers sliced into batons
  • 1 chorizo sausage diced
  • 1 scoop Nutraorganics Collagen Beauty powder
  • 250 ml beef bone broth
  • 200 ml hot coffee if using coffee pods also add coffee grounds
  • 60 g tomato paste
  • salt and pepper to taste


  • 50 g bacon diced
  • 150 g cauliflower rice
  • 60 g cheddar grate
  • 20 g coconut flour
  • 15 g whey protein powder
  • 20 g almond flour
  • 1 tsp xanthan
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp pink Himalayan salt
  • 1 tsp Trocomare seasoning or favourite spice
  • 2 eggs
  • 30 g grass fed butter
  • 1 tbsp chives chopped
  • 1 tsp rosemary chopped


  • 50 g whey protein powder
  • 2 tsp salt pick your favourite


  • 50 g crushed pork rinds

oil for frying (this can be done in an Airfryer as well) use high temp oil like coconut or lard


    • Season beef with paprika
    • Over medium heat fry off beef in olive oil and butter until beef is lightly browned all sides.
    • Transfer to slow cooker and add rest of ingredients
    • Slow cook 7+ hours until sauce thicken and beef is super tender. Extend time until beef has become tender and breaks down with a spoon.


    • Mix all dumpling mixture together.
    • Scoop with cookie scoop and roll into 6 golf ball size dumplings.
    • Roll in seasoned protein flour and refrigerate for 20 minutes.
    • Fry for 1 minute or so until golden and remove and drain.


    • Cook in 2 batches on baking paper for 7 minutes at 200℃
    • Serve dumplings on top of casserole.


    1 serving of the Buttery Beef without dumplings yields the following macros
    600kcal | 49g Fat | 35g Protein | Carbs 5g | Fibre 1g | Net Carbs 4g |
    This can be topped with some delicious cauliflower and bacon dumplings closer to the end of cooking time, or top with cheese and bacon.
    Collagen is used in this recipe  as both a healthy supplement and a gluten free thickening agent.
    This recipe is suited to freeze in individual portions.


    Serving: 1serve (complete with 1 dumpling) | Calories: 785kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 62g | Saturated Fat: 25g | Cholesterol: 227mg | Sodium: 1989mg | Potassium: 1164mg | Fiber: 4g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 30.4% | Vitamin C: 24.8% | Calcium: 22.7% | Iron: 30.2%
    Tried this recipe?Mention @meganellam or tag #madcreations!

    Beef Casserole

    Share This Recipe

    This Post Has 15 Comments

    1. This is seriously the best casserole ever!! So much flavour.

    2. Hi looks great. Wondering if you ever use organic grass fed gelatine as a thickener? Wondering if you prefer collagen and why?

    3. I’m a bit dubious about the coffee/coffe grounds?

      1. Its just coffee. It teams fabulously with beef

    4. I am going to give this one ago. I also am curious if the Great Lakes gelatin might work as I don’t have the collagen you recommend at the moment (but will look to get some).

      Thanks Megan!

      1. Hi Lisa, Just leave it out. The gelatin might be too string in this. I havent tested it

    5. Hi, do you try the dumplings or air fry them, or both? Also, I might have missed it elsewhere on your site but which whey protein do you recommend? I’m not planning to use it for much, so don’t want to get one of those giant tubs from thw pharmacy! Thanks!

    6. Hi, do you fry the dumplings or air fry them, or both? Also, I might have missed it elsewhere on your site but which whey protein do you recommend? I’m not planning to use it for much, so don’t want to get one of those giant tubs from thw pharmacy! Thanks!

      1. You can do either fry or air fry the choice is yours. The protein powder I use is only a 500g (I think) it is Isopure from iherb.

    7. Cannot say enough how much I love this recipe. The whole family loved it, it freezes & reheats really well, it’s essy & super tasty.

    8. Nom nom nom

    9. Love this casserole! I do it in the slow cooker so it’s super easy. I haven’t made the dumplings yet, but have made it into a pie with fathead dough as the pastry. Super delicious and perfect for winter.

    10. Oh my! I think this is the best casserole I have ever had. I even drank the juices from my bowl. The dumplings were well with taking an antihistamine for. Thank you Megan xx

      1. Haha! Thanks so much Jan. Hope you survived it okay.

    11. Oh my… delicious and nourishing… goodness! The enticing aroma from the slow cooker had hubby coming into the kitchen saying, “Something smells good in here”, lol. We loved your tasty, buttery, beef casserole and will make it again and again.

    Leave a Reply

    Close Menu
    Open Modal



    Use the coupon code 10%OFF on any book book or eBook in store today! Click SHOP NOW to view. 

    yourS FREE

    Subscribe and get your FREE copy of our Fan Faves eBook NOW! 

    A fab collection of our most downloaded recipes on the website.

    mad Creations Fan Faves eBook Cover