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Beef Barley Stew

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Yesterday was gray and cold so I decided to make some beef barley stew. Barley goes well with beef. It has a nutty flavor and a pasta like consistency. It is also loaded with fiber and is a good source of niacin – a B vitamin.
Ingredients
  Olive oil 3 Tablespoon
  Beef stew 3 Pound, cut into cubes
  Flour 1⁄4 Cup (4 tbs)
  Salt 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Pepper 1⁄2 Teaspoon
  Garlic 3 Clove (15 gm), minced
  Yellow onion 1 Large, coarsely chopped
  Bay leaves 3 Medium
  Dried thyme 1 Teaspoon
  Celery leaves 2 Teaspoon, chopped finely
  Red potatoes 4 Medium, cut into cubes
  White mushrooms 6 Large, sliced
  Carrots 3 Medium, cut into 2 inch pieces
  Barley 1⁄2 Cup (8 tbs)
  Frozen peas 1 Cup (16 tbs), thawed
  Celery stalks 3 Medium, cut into 1 inch pieces
  Bacon slices 4 , Cut into 6 pieces
  Beef broth 8 Cup (128 tbs)
Directions

GETTING READY
1. In a bowl mix flour, salt and pepper.
2. Dredge the beef cubes in the flour mixture.
3. In a large, heavy skillet fry the bacon until crisp. Remove from pot.
4. Brown the beef equally on all sides in the bacon fat. Add olive oil if necessary and work in batches.
5. Remove the browned beef and get rid of the excess fat. Wipe pan clean.

MAKING
6. In the same skillet, add some more olive oil. Add the onions and garlic and cook, stirring often for 2 to 3 minutes.
7. Put the carrots, celery, celery leaves and thyme. Stir well and cook for 2 to 3 minutes longer.
8. Add the mushrooms and cook for another 2 to 3 minutes.
9. Return the bacon bits and beef to the pot. Add the broth and the laurel leaves.
10. Bring pot to a boil and cover. Simmer for 45 minutes. Uncover and skim the excess fat from the sides of the pot.
11. Add the potatoes, peas and the barley. Mix well.
12. Season it with pepper. Bring pot to a boil, cover and bring to a simmer again for an extra 20 minutes.

SERVING
13. In a serving bowl, serve the stew with a piece of crusty bread.

Recipe Summary

Difficulty Level: 
Easy
Cuisine: 
American
Preparation Time: 
15 Minutes
Cook Time: 
75 Minutes
Ready In: 
90 Minutes
Servings: 
8

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