Friday, January 13, 2012

Vegetable Beef Barley Stew

Nothing like a hot pot of stew on a COLD day!

One of my favorites growing up that my mother taught me.

Here is what you will need!
Four cans Beef Broth (about 7 cups)
Stew meat (about 8 oz.)
2 Tbs. Flour
1 clove garlic minced
1 medium onion
3-4 carrots
2 potatoes
3 stalks of celery
1 Bay leaves 
2/3 cup Quick Barley
Salt & Pepper 

Chop onion, peel and slice carrots, 
peel and chop potatoes into small cubes,
thinly slice celery,
Make sure your stew meat is trimmed of all fat and in small pieces,
place meat in a plastic bag with flour and a dash of s&p
Shake the bag till all the meat is coated.
In a pot pour 1-2 Tbs of oil and place on medium-high heat to warm it up. Place meat in pot with hot oil and stir to get a nice brown crust on the outside of the meat.

After cooking for a few minute add onions to the pot and stir till onions become tender.
Add beef broth then all the chopped vegetables and bay leaf to the pot. Let soup come to a slight boil on a medium heat. Cook for about 15 minutes till vegetables are slightly soft stirring occasionally.

 Add quick cooking barley and let simmer for 15-20 more minutes. Vegetables and barley should be soft. If your stew is too thick for your taste add more beef broth. Finish with salt and pepper to taste and any other spices you prefer. 

This stew is easy to quickly put together and cooks fairly quick. You can add/change the vegetables and amounts for your taste and what you have on hand.

Warm wishes!

Do you have a favorite meal for a cold day? Let me know in the comments below! 
Love <3 Lace

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