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    Nana's Beef & Barley Stew

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    2 hrs 45 mins

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    2 hrs 30 mins

    Aunt Willie's Note:

    This comes from my grandmother's shoebox of recipes -- and it is good! Perfect in the winter with a nice green salad and plenty of crusty bread. This makes a huge pot -- I usually freeze some to have on hand for a quick dinner. I have also added leftover corn or green beans to this and it is still fabulous. It is not a lot of work -- just the simmering takes some time. But it is worth it.

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    1. 1
      Heat olive oil in a large heavy pot.
    2. 2
      Saute chopped onion, mashed garlic and beef until beef is browned on all sides.
    3. 3
      Add beef broth, water, bay leaves, Worcestershire sauce and salt and pepper.
    4. 4
      Bring mixture to a boil, then lower heat to a simmer.
    5. 5
      Simmer 1 1/2 hours.
    6. 6
      Add carrots and celery and simmer an additional 30 minutes.
    7. 7
      You may have to add some more water at this point.
    8. 8
      Add mushrooms and cooked barley, simmer another 15 minutes.
    9. 9
      Remove bay leaves and serve.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on February 22, 2004


      This stew was awesome! The beef was melt in your mouth! YUMMMM!! The barley did not have directions on the bag so I went to Zaar and found barley needs to cook 30 minutes before adding to stew. This was delicious!! Thanks Aunt Willie ; )

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    • on October 27, 2010


      Very tasty, very hearty soup. Great comfort food. I skipped the celery and added potatoes instead. The recipe also makes a lot of soup--I doubled the recipe and had to use two pots.

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    • on November 11, 2007


      At first I was going to give this 4 stars. That was until my DH (who normally doesn't care for stews or soups) said he loved it ... and then it was even better the next day! Yum, yum. I will make this frequently. I may try adding some frozen green peas at the end of the cooking time and maybe an envelope of brown gravy (although this makes a nice gravy on its own). I've been searching for an excellent beef and barley recipe and this is it!

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    Nutritional Facts for Nana's Beef & Barley Stew

    Serving Size: 1 (400 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 6

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 596.3
    Calories from Fat 308
    Total Fat 34.2 g
    Saturated Fat 12.5 g
    Cholesterol 101.3 mg
    Sodium 456.1 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 37.5 g
    Dietary Fiber 7.9 g
    Sugars 5.4 g
    Protein 34.6 g

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