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Beef Barley Stew for Two

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I like beef and barley stew, but one of the problems with making it is the quantity it usually makes.  I have found that I really don’t care for leftover food much anymore, and would rather have something fresh (or at least freshened, LOL, see my Creative Leftovers).  For our holiday meal we had a prime rib, and the leftover meat after several meals along with the bones made the perfect base for a dinner for two.

Beef Barley Stew for Two ~ From My Carolina Home

Actually, any beef bones with meat on them will do for this. Just put the bones in 8 cups of water with some onion and bring to a boil.  The bones will flavor the broth nicely with the onion.  You can add other aromatics like garlic, leeks and/or carrots if you like.

Beef Barley Stew for Two ~ From My Carolina Home

When the stew has boiled, reduce the heat and simmer for about 30 minutes.  This will get the most flavor from the bones, and tenderize the meat so it comes off the bone easily.  Add mushrooms if you like them. Measure out 1/2 cup of pearled barley.

Beef Barley Stew for Two ~ From My Carolina Home

Take the bones out and allow to cool so you can handle them while the barley cooks. Shred the meat off the bones.

Beef Barley Stew for Two ~ From My Carolina Home

Bring the broth back to a low boil or high simmer, add the barley and cook about 45 minutes, or until tender. The barley will take up much of the broth. Add the meat back to the pot.  Add salt and pepper to taste.  I don’t do any thickening of the broth for this meal, the barley is filling and it is nice to have the beef broth just served as it is.

Beef Barley Stew for Two ~ From My Carolina Home

Serve in a bowl, I like using the pasta bowls for stew.

Beef Barley Stew for Two ~ From My Carolina Home

I like to add a dollop of sour cream and some chopped green onions to my bowl.  I love the fresh flavor these garnishes give a meal.  DH just gets green onions as he isn’t a fan of sour cream.  He gave me some white truffle oil last month, and it was delicious on this stew too – adding an earthy flavor.

Beef Barley Stew for Two ~ From My Carolina Home

With a salad as the first course, the stew makes a filling supper, and there is enough just for two with maybe a small bowl left over for lunch tomorrow. This is a great way to use up the remains of a beef dinner, and make the leftovers into a fresh meal.  If you need a bigger amount, just increase the water and barley in a 3-to-1 ratio.  The amounts of onion and mushrooms can be increased too, this isn’t a precise recipe.  A bit more or less of any component will work.  You can add other things too, like green peas or carrots if you like.

Beef Barley Stew for Two

Leftover beef with bones
Thick slice of onion, split into rings
8 cups water
1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
1/2 cup pearled barley
Salt and pepper to taste
Garnish suggestions – sour cream, green onions, light drizzle of white truffle oil

Place bones, onion and water in large pot and bring to boil. When the stew has boiled, reduce the heat and simmer for about 30 minutes. Add mushrooms if you like them. Measure out 1/2 cup of pearled barley. Take the bones out and allow to cool so you can handle them while the barley cooks. Shred the meat off the bones. Bring the broth back to a low boil or high simmer, add the barley and cook about 45 minutes, or until tender. The barley will take up much of the broth. Add the meat back to the pot, salt and pepper to taste. Serve in bowls with broth, garnish as you like, sour cream and green onions are tasty.

Beef Barley Stew for Two ~ From My Carolina Home

Do you enjoy beef and barley stew?  What do you like to do with leftover beef?

 

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Author: Carole @ From My Carolina Home

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12 thoughts on “Beef Barley Stew for Two

  1. I find it very hard to cook for two with out having leftovers especially if it is stew/soups/casseroles – try as I might I most always have leftovers for lunch – which i don’t mind – I don’t mind heating leftovers in the microwave for a quick meal

  2. I’m one of those people who loves left overs!!! If it is a good meal to begin with I’ll eat it over and over 🙂

  3. Perfect! I made beef vegetable soup (store was out of barley) last week and had to freeze a container of it and then ate it for countless meals! I don’t mind leftovers but this even tried MY patience!! I’ll try this recipe and it will give me a good amount w/out having to eat for days…..since my freezer always seems to be very full!

  4. I have frozen the huge ham bones, and will use them for winter soup, add lots of water, all the veges we have, some flavourings, and at the end, silver beet leaves. Nothing quite like a plate of soup to warm you up on a cold day.

  5. We love leftovers. I often shred leftover pot roast for tacos or another dish that we call “taco burritos,” which is everything that’s in a taco shell except it’s wrapped in a flour tortilla and heated with cheese. Yum.

  6. My husband loves beef and barley stew. I didn’t grow up having it and never think to cook it for him. Will give this a try!

  7. After you mentioned this before Christmas I did the same with our prime rib bones and some leftover meat. My son and DIL ate at least one more meal from the primerib, but there were still some odd chunks to go with the bones. I had roasted a couple of pounds of carrots with the rib, and made oriental green beans (stir fried fresh beans with garlic and mushrooms and soy sauce) so those went in as well, along with onion and the barley, so my soup was more populated, and using cartoned beef broth and the soy sauce, no salt required, just some cracked pepper. Since it is a 6 qt crockpot, yep, more leftovers! but the good kind, I froze individual portions from the leftover soup, and it serves me very well as work lunches. The wonderful thing about “leftover” soup is it’s never the same twice, at the same time, if it is the best soup you ever made, hard to duplicate!

    Happy New Year dear lady.

  8. Leftover beef? I never have any….lol….my family are rabid carnivores! Well…they’re really not rabid. Your stew looks very appetizing…in presentation and in content.

  9. Stew is a perfect meal for a cold Winter day and yours looks wonderful! Thanks for sharing at Celebrate Your Story!

  10. Love a great stew in the winter! Pinning to share 🙂 Thanks for linking up with us for Brag About It this week and sharing your recipe with us!

  11. I love a hearty stew now and then for dinner. I’ve never had one with barley. Sounds yummy! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    hugs,
    Jann

  12. What a great Stew for Two,this looks delicious! Hope you are having a great day and thanks so much for sharing your awesome post with us at Full Plate Thursday.
    Come Back Soon!
    Miz Helen

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