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Beef and Barley Creole Style

Categories: Comfort Foods, Entertaining, Kid-friendly, Low-fat, Spicy
Type: Main Dishes

Beef and barley are a great pair in this Creole-style dish.

Prep Time: 40M

Cooking Time: 2H

Serves: Serves 8


  • 21/2lb (1.1kg) chuck steak, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 tbsp all-purpose flour
  • sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 onions, finely chopped
  • 6 celery ribs, trimmed and finely chopped
  • 3 green peppers, seeded and finely chopped
  • 2 tbsp red wine
  • 2 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 9oz (250g) pearl barley
  • 4 cups hot vegetable stock
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  1. Preheat the oven to 300°F (150°C). Toss the meat in the flour and season with sea salt and freshly ground black pepper. Heat 2 tbsp of the oil in a large heavy-based pot, add the meat, and cook over medium heat, stirring frequently, for 8 minutes, or until lightly browned all over. Remove with a slotted spoon and set aside.
  2. Heat the remaining oil in the pan, add the onions, celery, and peppers, and cook over low heat for 10 minutes, or until completely soft and almost mushy. Add the wine, increase the heat, and allow to bubble for a few minutes while the alcohol evaporates.
  3. Stir in the spices, then season well with salt and freshly ground black pepper. Return the meat to the pan and add the pearl barley. Pour in the stock, bring to a boil, then cover and bake for 2 hours. Give it a stir halfway through cooking and add a little hot water if it starts to look dry. Stir in the parsley and serve with crusty bread.
  • Add a cup of cooked fresh corn, scraped from the cob at the end of cooking.

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Excerpted from The Illustrated Quick Cook.
Copyright © 2009 Dorling Kindersley Limited.
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