Seriously. Okay. Before winter is totally over, cozy up with some of this warm greatness.
I adapted this from a friend’s adaptation of an America’s Test Kitchen recipe. But this isn’t shitty like a clone made from a clone….its the best. They call it a soup, I call it a stew.
Feeds – 6-8 people
Nutrition – S’ok. I like it because it is super filling and makes it hard to over serve yourself. Have a salad too.
3 lbs bone in beef stew meat, trimmed well and cut into 1″ hunks
2 TB canola oil
1 container of fresh pearl onions
2 carrots, peeled and chopped
2 stalks celery, chopped
6 black or regular garlic cloves, minced (I used black bc I like the vinegary taste)
2 TB minced fresh thyme leaves
3 TB tomato paste
1/2 cup red wine- (I left this out bc my allergies were being difficult, and it was missed)
8 cups beef broth (I like Pacific, personally.)
1 28 oz. can diced tomatoes
1 1/4 cups pearl barley
1 TB cider vinegar
fresh ground S&P
What to do –
After your meat is prepped it will have warmed up to room temp and be ready to cook…just grind some salt and pepper on top…heat oil in large skillet over medium-high heat..brown beef (sans bones, hold those to the side, please.) and plop in to slow cooker.
Cook onions and veggies in the remaining oil and beefy fatty greatness for about 5 minutes. Add garlic, thyme, and tomato paste and mix in, add wine add to slow cooker.
Toss the barley on top…
Then add broth, tomatoes, and bones to slow cooker. Cover and cook on low until meat is tender, 7 hours or cook on high 4 to 5 hours. Stir in vinegar and grind s’more salt and pepper till you’re satisfied. I find that with brothy based things, I don’t add any salt, because the broth is salty enough.
Then you’re ready to eat! I treated myself to this perfect little gem, the rest of the servings are obviously sans bone, but the marrow will be melted in….you could be nice and squish the marrow out of this one and mix it in as well…but I am only cooking for me on this, the leftovers will be my lunches for a bit so no big deal. And so worth getting to get a tiny little spoon and take teensy, wonderful, savored bites of slow cooked bone marrow, one of the richest and most yummy flavors on earth. Fuck yeah!