My toughest critics

My toughest critics

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Barley Beef Stroganoff

Okay don't judge. Little man is a little particular read super annoying when it comes to eating protein. Sooo lately he has been on an oatmeal kick and I thought hmmmmm. I convinced him it was hamburger oatmeal and he ate every bite!
My mom and dad and the Captain loved this meal. I did not care for it and have discovered I am not a big mushroom fan and I am thinking I do not love barley. If you like mushrooms and barely this is the dish for you!
It is a little high maintenance so this is not a throw it in the crock and leave it all day when you are at work dish. Should be a weekend special when you are home to make sure the barley is not over cooked.
2/3 cups uncooked barley...do not use the quick cooking type.
2.5 cups veggie broth
1 package (6 ounces) sliced mushrooms
1/2 teaspoon marjoram (I did not have this so Mr. Google told me Italian Spices would do the trick and it did)
1/2 pound lean ground beef
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup minced green onion
1/2 teaspoon pepper
1/4 cup half and half

Put barley, broth, mushrooms and marjoram in the crock. cook on low 4-5 hours. Watch the barley...you do not want mush.
cook ground beef and drain fat. Add celery and onion and pepper and cook and stir for three minutes. Transfer to crock. Mix in half and half cover and cook on high 10-15 minutes until beef is hot and veggies are tender. Garnish with parsley.

Wisconsin Beer and Cheese Soup

Are you licking the screen yet? This was an easy good recipe. We really enjoyed it! I made homemade croutons to top it off which were super yummy!

1 can 14.5 ounce chicken broth
1 cup of beer (use a good hearty beer...not a dark beer but a nice medium beer) We use Stella Artois. The captain enjoyed finishing the rest of the bottle at 9am when I started this recipe...Why throw away perfectly good beer?
1/4 cup finely chopped onion
2 cloves minced garlic
1 teaspoon dried thyme (you must use thyme....it really brings in great flavor)
6 ounces American cheese shredded or diced SMALL
6 ounces of other cheese. I used smoked Gouda and aged cheddar
1 cup of milk
1/2 teaspoon paprika

Combine broth, beer, onion, garlic and thyme and cook on low for 4 hours.
Turn Crock to HIGH and stir in cheese and milk and paprika. cover and cook 45 minutes to an hour or until cheese is melted and blended. You will need to stir a few times during the 45 minutes.

CROUTONS
preheat oven to 425degrees slice pempernickel or rye bread into 1/2 inch cubes, brush top with olive oil, place on sheet and bake for 10-12 minutes flipping half way through.

Laddle into bowls and serve with brats during football game!

Captain loved this. Princess ate it but not the whole thing and Little Man hated it.