Outstanding. Yummy. Very filling. Good flavor. I don't always salt enough when I'm cooking and this was no exception. I needed to salt the servings but that was my fault. I didn't top with the beets, just to lazy to prep and cook them. The grocery store had some small turnips which were extra good. It most definitely goes into the fall/winter cooking rotation.
Beef, Beer, and Barley Stew
You can use barley groats rather than pearl barley in this beef stew to give the dish a little more texture. Substitute rutabagas, parsnips, or other root vegetables of your choice for the carrots and turnips.
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- Calories: 379
- Calories from fat: 27%
- Fat: 11.4g
- Saturated fat: 2.9g
- Monounsaturated fat: 6g
- Polyunsaturated fat: 1.1g
- Protein: 24.5g
- Carbohydrate: 45.2g
- Fiber: 10.2g
- Cholesterol: 47mg
- Iron: 4.8mg
- Sodium: 654mg
- Calcium: 85mg
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 pound beef stew meat
- 1 teaspoon salt, divided
- 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
- 3 cups coarsely chopped onion
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 thyme sprigs
- 2 tablespoons tomato paste
- 2 cups (1 1/2-inch-thick) slices carrot
- 2 cups chopped peeled turnips (about 1 pound)
- 3/4 cup uncooked pearl barley
- 5 garlic cloves, minced and divided
- 2 (8-ounce) packages mushrooms, quartered
- 3 cups water
- 3 cups low-salt beef broth
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 (12-ounce) bottle dark beer (such as stout)
- 3 small beets
- 3 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
- 1 teaspoon thyme leaves
- 2 tablespoons prepared horseradish
- Heat oil in a stockpot over medium-high heat. Sprinkle beef with 1/2 teaspoon salt and pepper. Add beef to pan; sauté 10 minutes or until browned. Remove from pan. Add onion, bay leaves, and thyme sprigs to pan. Cover, reduce heat, and cook 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Uncover; stir in tomato paste. Increase heat to medium-high. Add carrot, turnips, barley, 4 garlic cloves, and mushrooms; sauté 3 minutes. Add beef, 1/2 teaspoon salt, water, broth, Worcestershire, and beer; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, covered, for 1 1/2 hours. Discard bay leaves and thyme sprigs.
- While stew is simmering, trim beets, leaving root and 1 inch stem on each; scrub with a brush. Place in a medium saucepan, and cover with water; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 35 minutes or until tender. Drain; rinse with cold water. Drain; cool. Leave root and 1 inch stem on each beet; rub off skins. Cut each beet into 6 wedges.
- Combine parsley, thyme leaves, and 1 garlic clove. Ladle about 2 cups stew into each of 6 bowls. Top each serving with 3 beet wedges, about 1 1/2 teaspoons parsley mixture, and 1 teaspoon horseradish.
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