Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Holla’ Spinach, Beef and Barley Stew

Hurry!  You have to make this delicious recipe before stew weather is over!  Josh and Carrie gave me this recipe and I wish I would have doubled it to freeze a second batch for next week!

2 Tbsp. butter
2 Tbsp. flour
1 tsp. cayenne pepper (use 1/2 tsp. if you don't like a lot of heat- it's pretty spicy!)
1 tsp. ground black pepper
2 cloves diced garlic
½ cup red wine
1lb. cubed sirloin (I just used the already packaged beef stew meat from Safeway)
1 carrot, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
½ onion, chopped
1 leek, sliced down the center and then sliced thinly
6 cups beef stock
½ tsp. dried thyme
2 bay leaves
½ cup barley (rinsed)
1 stalk of parsley
1 bunch of fresh spinach leaves
Salt, pepper, and cayenne pepper to taste

In a large stock pot, melt the butter on low heat
Mix together the flour, cayenne and black pepper in a bowl, then add it to the butter, whisking until smooth.
 Turn heat up to Med/high and add the sirloin and garlic.  Brown the sirloin, then remove it.
Brown the carrot and onion
Add celery and leeks and cook for another 3 minutes
Add sirloin back in with the red wine and vegetables. Cook for another 5 minutes.
Add the beef stock, thyme, bay leaves and bring to a boil
Reduce heat and simmer for at least 3 hours.
About 45 minutes before you serve the soup, add in the barley
About 10 minutes before serving, add the spinach and parsley
Salt, pepper, and cayenne to taste

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