Beef and Barley Stew

Beef and Barley Stew

Serves 6
Traditional beef stews are cooked at low temperatures for long periods of time to tenderize tough cuts of beef. This recipe takes a shortcut by using a more tender cut of beef, reducing the overall cooking time and giving you a chance to get out of the kitchen. Leftovers make satisfying lunches or easy weeknight meals.
  • 1 pound top sirloin, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1/3 cup flour
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 3 cups beef broth
  • 2 carrots, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 2 stalks celery, cut into 1/2-inch pieces
  • 3/4 cup pearled barley
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 sprigs fresh parsley
  • 2 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 2 sprigs fresh sage
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Pat meat dry with paper towels to remove any excess moisture and transfer to a bowl. Sprinkle with flour and toss well to coat. Set aside. Heat a tablespoon of the olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Stir onion into hot oil and cook for 5 minutes, until wilted and brown on edges. Add garlic and continue cooking for 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Transfer onion and garlic to a bowl and set aside.

Preheat remaining tablespoon of oil in the same pot. Add beef in a single layer and brown on all sides, stirring occasionally, 6 to 8 minutes. If pan is too small to fit all of the beef in one batch, simply transfer cooked beef to onion bowl and repeat with remaining beef. When beef has a browned crust, stir in beef broth, 3 cups water, cooked onion and garlic, carrot, celery, barley, pepper and salt.

Bring liquid to a brisk simmer. Tie ends of fresh herbs together with a sturdy parsley stem or a piece of kitchen twine. Immerse herb bouquet in simmering broth and cook uncovered until barley and meat are tender and stew has thickened, 25 to 30 minutes.
Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving: 270 calories (90 from fat), 10g total fat, 2.5g saturated fat, 40mg cholesterol, 520mg sodium, 19g carbohydrates, (3 g dietary fiber, 3g sugar), 25g protein.
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