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    Margaret's Beef Stew

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    6 hrs 15 mins

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    Mommy2two's Note:

    This recipe comes from the first "What's Cooking at Moody's Diner" cookbook. Moody's Diner is a vintage 1930's Diner in Waldoboro, Maine and every year when I went to visit, my grandmother would take me there to get breakfast. I never had *this* recipe at Moody's, but this is my favorite stew that my mom made when I was growing up, and I want to make sure I don't lose this recipe. The barley was her addition to this stew, and she always made it in a crock pot, although I'll give the instructions to make it in a pot on the stove as well. Mainer's shorten "oleomargarine" to "oleo", unlike all the rest of the world that shortens it to "margarine", so in the recipe, where it calls for oleo, it is asking for margarine or butter. You can use a bag of frozen stew veggies instead of preparing the fresh ones, to make it a bit faster to put together, and if you use quick barley, add it in the last half hour or so of cooking, so it doesn't get mushy. This recipe is great served with homemade yeast rolls, or biscuits.

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    1. 1
      Combine oleo and flour in a pot with a heavy bottom over low heat, or a crockpot on low.
    2. 2
      Add catsup and boiling water.
    3. 3
      Add beef, onions, vegetables, and barley.
    4. 4
      Bring to boil and simmer until beef is tender or,
    5. 5
      In crockpot, simmer all day on low.

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    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on January 27, 2013


      I made this in the crock pot. The stew is okay...good would be an accurate rating. The ketchup does not really do the trick. It was a little bland...some kind of flavor boost is needed.

      The next day the stew was better after everything had a chance to meld. I added some hot sauce to give it some spirit.

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    • on September 30, 2009


      I made this recipe yesterday in my crock pot. It was delicious! It was simple to put together and took no time at all. I added a tablespoon of Kitchen Bouquet to add a little color. It's a keeper in my house! thanks!

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    Nutritional Facts for Margaret's Beef Stew

    Serving Size: 1 (390 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 388.2
    Calories from Fat 52
    Total Fat 5.7 g
    Saturated Fat 2.3 g
    Cholesterol 72.5 mg
    Sodium 484.4 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 55.4 g
    Dietary Fiber 7.8 g
    Sugars 12.2 g
    Protein 31.1 g

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