Winter Warmth: Beef & Barley Stew

Beef and barley stew is not the most photogenic dish. The colors tend to be brown, dark with just a few hints of orange poking through from the carrots. And since this stew was mighty delicious, I don’t want to turn any of you off by taking a bad photo of it. Therefore, no photo just a little story and then the recipe.

It was my first time using my new crock pot. Could I really leave it sitting and stewing all day? Was it not a fire hazard? After many reassurances from my mom, mother-in-law and aunt, I overcame my own uncertainties and started chopping. It took no more than 30 minutes from start to finish (in terms of prep work), then I turned the crock pot on low and left for work. When I came home about 9 hours later (after walking through the snow), the apartment smelled amazing!

2 cartons beef broth
1 lb. lean stew beef
1 1/2 onions, chopped
1 1/2 cup carrots, chopped
10 red potatoes, cut into thirds
5 peeled, whole garlic cloves
3/4 cup pearl barley
2 tsp salt, divided
pepper to taste
1 tsp paprika, divided
1/2 tsp thyme
1/2 tsp rosemary
1/2 tsp garlic powder

1. Put onions, potatoes, carrots, garlic cloves, meat and barley in crock pot, mix together
2. Pour 1 1/2 cartons of beef broth over, put the rest in the fridge. Add 1 tsp. salt, pepper to taste, 1/2 tsp paprika. Stir, cover and turn to low.
3. Let sit for 6-9 hours. About 1/2 hour before you plan to eat, pour extra broth as needed into crock pot. Add 1 tsp. salt, more pepper, and the rest of the spices: 1/2 tsp. paprika, thyme, rosemary and garlic powder.

Voila! Serve with a side salad, some bread and dig in! A truly delicious meal on a snowy winter night.

3 Comments Add yours

  1. susan gardner says:

    Hi Emily,

    Welcome back from your trip!! I hope you and James had a wonderful time. Thanks again for including our family in all the wedding festivities. What a special and fun weekend!! I’m glad to see you have started back sharing recipes. I’ll certainly be trying the beef and barley one this weekend. I love using my crock pot and should do it more often than I do. It is great coming in from work and having the main part of your meal ready. Just fix a side or two and dinner is ready!! I was in Border’s yesterday and saw a recipe book just for slow cookers – even had desserts. I’m going to go back and get it. Take care and keep sharing recipes. Susan

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