I've been trying to branch out and expand my culinary repertoire of hearty winter recipes, and it dawned on me that I did not have this one in my recipe box! Like any good family recipe, it has morphed and changed over time, so there was no official written recipe my mom could share with me. I got the basics from her over the phone and have made it several times recently to try to nail down the perfect rendition. What I bring you today is my version of the recipe.
Meanwhile, wash and peel the potatoes, then cut them into cubes. I find that pre-peeled and chopped potatoes do not keep well, so you'll want to save this step for while you're waiting for the stew to simmer. Once the stew has begun to simmer, reduce heat to low and cover. Continue to simmer for 30 minutes.
Turn off heat and allow to cool and thicken for 10-15 minutes while serving. And there you have it! With a little bit of prep work and a few hours on a weekend afternoon, you can put together this tasty dish and enjoy it all week long.
Have a great weekend, my friends... spring is almost here! Until next time, bon appetit!
Warm and Hearty Beef Stew
1 lb stew beef
1 tsp olive oil
2 small yellow onions, chopped
8 cups beef stock
freshly cracked black pepper, to taste
1 tsp sage
2 tsp garlic powder
1 bay leaf
3-4 carrots, peeled and chopped
3-4 celery stalks, chopped
3-4 med. gold potatoes, peeled and cubed
1 cup pearled barley
Heat oil in an 8 quart Dutch oven over medium-low heat. Peel and chop onions. Add onions and stew beef to Dutch oven. Sprinkle generously with freshly cracked black pepper and braise meat on medium heat. When meat is braised, drain fat, then add carrots and celery. Pour add stock (or broth) over the vegetables; add sage and bay leaf, then stir to incorporate. Increase heat to medium high; cover Dutch oven and bring to a simmer. Let simmer for approx. 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, wash, peel, and cube potatoes. Add potatoes to stew mixture after 30 minutes; allow to simmer additional 1.5 hours covered. Add barley and stir; cook for one additional hour. Stew should begin to thicken. Turn off heat and allow to cool and thicken for an additional 10-15 minutes before serving.
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