Dinner,  Recipe

Beef and Barley Stew

Warm, hearty and filling, this stew is the perfect comfort food in a bowl. Add dumplings (recipe below) and this becomes next level! I cook mine in the slow cooker. 


  •  2 lbs stew meat
  • salt & pepper, flour
  • 2 T olive oil
  • 8 cups beef stock
  • 2 cups water
  • 1/2 cup celery, diced
  • 1 onion, diced
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 large potato, shredded
  • 1 cup shredded carrots
  • 1 cup barley
  • 2 onion soup mix packets

Toss the cubes of stew meat in flour seasoned with heavy doses of salt and pepper. Sear the meat. Add onion, celery and garlic and sautΓ© until brown and onions are tender. Add stock and water. Bring to a boil then cover and simmer for 2 hours. Add in potato and carrot shreds. Simmer for another 45 mins. Add barley and continue to cook for another 30 mins. This recipe also works great in a slow cooker. 

Nerdy Fact

  • the difference between soup and stew: a stew is prepared by stewing. The food is barely covered with liquid and simmered for a long time while food in a soup is cooked in a lot of liquid.Β 

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