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Beef & Barley Slow Cooker Stew

November 5, 2019 • 0 comments

Beef & Barley Slow Cooker Stew
Stew meat is pre-cubed, which makes it the perfect option for easy slow-cooked soups, stews, and braises. Just combine barley, vegetables, and stew meat in a slow cooker for a comforting stew by dinner time.
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  • Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • (1 lb.) Stew Meat
  • (1 1/2 cup) pearl barley
  • (2) large celery stalks, chopped
  • (2) large carrots, chopped
  • (1) small yellow or white onion, diced
  • (4) garlic cloves, chopped
  • (1 (15 oz.) can) crushed tomatoes
  • (1 Tbsp.) smoked paprika
  • (1/2 tsp.) dried thyme leaves
  • (1/2 tsp.) dried oregano leaves
  • (1 tsp.) honey
  • (8 cups) vegetable stock (or water)
  • Salt & pepper, to season
  • (1 Tbsp.) red wine vinegar

Directions

  1. Add stew meat*, barley, vegetables, garlic, canned tomatoes, paprika, herbs, and honey to slow cooker. Pour stock over and season generously with salt & pepper. Stir to combine. 
  2. Cook until barley is softened and stew meat is tender, about 2 to 3 hours on high or 5 to 6 hours on low. 
  3. Finish the stew with a small splash of red wine vinegar (this helps brighten up all the flavors). Season to taste with salt & pepper and serve with a sprinkle of chopped fresh parsley.

*For extra flavor, sear stew meat in a skillet over medium-high heat with 2 Tbsp. canola oil until browned on all sides (about 5 minutes per side) before adding to slow cooker.

This recipe is also published on ashleecooks.com.

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