When I was a child my mother used to make this wonderful beef and barley stew. I can’t eat barley now, because it contains gluten, but I thought I would try this stew with whole grain sorghum instead. Fall is coming soon and this recipe makes a good, hearty meal that will stick with you through those chilly evening football games.
This stew will cook more quickly on the stove, if you don’t want to use a slow cooker. Feel free to change up the seasoning to suit your taste. I used some basil that I grew in my garden last year and dried. I also put in some fresh thyme I have growing in my garden this year and it was really good. I love using fresh herbs in soups whenever I can.
Whole grain sorghum has a slightly courser texture than barley. It also will tend to fall apart when you cook it a long time. I liked that, because it thickened the stew a little bit. If you’re cooking this on the stove at a higher temperature, the sorghum takes about 1 to 1.5 hours to cook to a soft texture.
- 1 1/2 pounds boneless lean beef, cubed
- 3 tablespoons olive oil
- 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 32-ounce package beef broth
- 2 14.5-ounce cans stewed tomatoes
- 1 teaspoon dried basil
- 4 small to medium-sized potatoes, cubed
- 4 stalks celery, chopped
- 6 carrots, chopped
- 1 medium yellow onion, chopped
- 3/4 cup whole grain sorghum, rinsed
- 1 teaspoon fresh thyme, chopped
I let the whole grain sorghum soak in a cup full of water while I prepared the rest of the ingredients.
Cut beef into bite-sized chunks and sauté in the olive oil with the minced garlic and pepper for 5 minutes, or until browned. Place seasoned meat in your slow cooker.
Add chopped vegetables, beef broth, tomatoes, and basil.
Drain sorghum in a strainer and rinse. Add sorghum to stew.
Cover and cook on low setting for 6 hours, then on high for 1 hour, or until the vegetables and sorghum are tender.
Add the thyme just before serving.
Beef stew is the BEST SMELL in the whole world! I watched Maizy cooking it ALL DAY and FINALLY she put a little taste in my bowl. I LOVE having dinner with Maizy!