February 21, 2011

Is this a repeat???

Beef, Baley & Kale Soup

Okay, I can't keep track.  If this is a repeat I'm sorry....
The original recipe I got from my dad several years ago.

One head of kale, chopped fine
Chuck steak, about a pound, cubed small
1/2 cup uncooked barley (or to taste)
1 or two carrots, diced small
1 or two stalks of celery, sliced small
1 small onion, chopped
garlic, to taste

Brown beef in hot pan with a small amount of veg. oil.  Add onions and cook a few minutes.  Use one quart beef broth (or veg. broth), and add the rest of the vegetables.  Bring to a boil, reduce heat, and simmer 6 or seven hours.  Add barley approximately 2 hours before serving. 

Helpful hints

Don't skip the long simmer time.  Kale takes a long time to become soft.
Use whatever veggies you want, such as mushrooms.
Never add salt to soup when using a pre-made broth.  They are usually salty enough.
This is a great crock pot soup.  Just brown the meat first, then add the rest of the ingredients and cook up to ten hours (except barley, which would be added about 2 hours before serving).


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