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Old 01-05-2020, 09:04 PM
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This may be the absolute BEST stew I've ever eaten! More like the consistency of chili, but without the chili seasonings.

I bought a bag of mixed beans, barley and grains and I adapted the recipe that was on the packaging a bit (I omitted potatoes and added a little beef).

I will definitely make this again, many times! The flavor, texture and heartiness cannot be beat!

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Beef and Bean Stew, a la Lee

1 bag of assorted beans and grains
6 cups of water
small piece of beef (I used a slice of beef shank), seasoned with s & P
2 carrots, diced
2 stalks of celery, diced
1 onion, diced
1 large or several small fresh tomatoes, diced

Put the beans in a large pot with the 6 cups of water and soak for at least 6 hours.

Brown the piece of beef.

Bring the water, beans and beef to a boil and simmer, covered, over med low heat.

Saute the diced carrots, celery and onion in a little olive oil. Season with s & p.

After simmering the beans for 50 minutes (taste to check if the beans are getting tender, if so ...) add the sauteed vegetables and continue simmering for another 10 minutes. Then add the diced tomatoes - simmer for another 10 minutes on low.

Remove the beef from the pot and dice it up, adding it back. Check seasoning and add as needed.

Serve with crusty rolls.
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interesting to mix in a grain portion - did they specify what grains were used?
looks like barley and ? pearled couscous and . . .


I've come up with some good bean mixes - time to add some grains!
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Old 01-06-2020, 10:26 AM
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Okay, C-man, I went through the trash to find the list of ingredients for you.

Had to look up several of the items.

I think the emmer was what made this so different and delicious.

Lee

Pearl barley
Borlotti beans https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cranberry_bean
Eye beans https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black-eyed_pea
Pearl emmer https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emmer
Cannellini beans
Red beans
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Sounds like a good mix.

I like adding dry:
Lentils
Split peas
Pearl Barley
Navy and/or pinto beans
Baby lima beans
Tiny pasta (usually shells but sometimes bowties. I get tiny imported pasta at the Farm Market)

to my beef soups along with the other ingredients I have on hand.
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copied that out - I'll look for emmer in the market today. I've seen einkorn in the 'specialty' sections but don't recall ever seeing / hearing of emmer.


the rest is in house....


peeps - have you tried orzo with the mix?
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copied that out - I'll look for emmer in the market today. I've seen einkorn in the 'specialty' sections but don't recall ever seeing / hearing of emmer.


the rest is in house....


peeps - have you tried orzo with the mix?
I like to use the tiny pasta shells in soup. I use orzo pasta in rice and quinoa pilafs.
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This looks delicious.
I bet it would be great with smoked pork too.
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emmer is not on the shelf but research sez it's aka farro. which is on the shelf....
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I make a farro salad. Maybe I'll add some farro to my soup next time.
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never used it -

any tips / wisdom / info for farro prep?
pre-soak, time to cook, etc . . . .
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never used it -

any tips / wisdom / info for farro prep?
pre-soak, time to cook, etc . . . .
I use the Instant Pot for cooking my beef soup so I never soak any beans/grains. I only pressure cook my soup with beans and/or meat for 35 minutes with a natural pressure release of 10 minutes. Then I add any fresh/frozen and pasta ingredients (I would add the 10 min farro at this time also) and pressure cook for 3 minutes with a quick release.

I have used Trader Joe's 10 minute farro (which is very good) for quick salads.

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1 package Trader Joe's 10 Minute Farro
Water or broth
Salt

Boil a large pot of water or broth to a boil.
Add the bag of farro and boil for 10-12 minutes.
Drain and season to taste.

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okay - thanks. the farro is in the "health nut" aisle - I'll check what the package recommends. I don't think it's been par-cooked aka 10 min stuff but I could be wrong.
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I love farro but the barley-sized farro takes forever to cook.

The ingredient on my bean soup package said "pearled emmer", so I would look for "pearled farro", C-man. If you have a choice of sizes, small would be better.

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okay - as I dimly recall.... there was only one offering for farro - I'm due toy shop tomorrow - so we'll see. well, if the snow melts. we have about 2" of wet slushy stuff that is very slick. the AWD was spitting sputtering and stepping out all the way up the hill to the house.
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found the farro - it's pearled with an advertised cook time of 30 minutes....
a lot like barley - we like it!

tripped over this:
https://www.acornadvisors.com/2020_K.../Farro_TCS.pdf
apparently "bowls" are the new thing. I missed that part....
the dish is an excuse to get people to eat kale. we subbed baby spinach....

extended the cook time to one hour as it dried a bit it got more to "steamed" than "boiled"
not a particular photogenic dish, but tasty.
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