Beef and Green Beans

This beef and green beans recipe is a really hearty, tasty and satisfying family meal, made in a slow cooker (crock pot) or a casserole in the oven

 You will need:

400g diced beef

1 stock cube

200g fresh green beans (frozen green beans can be used, but omit the blanching stage)

a handful of pearl barley

But of course you can adapt this to suit yourself

Try adding extra root vegetables such as onions carrots or celeriac to make your meal go further

You can also of course add your favourite herbs, spices, garlic etc or even a spoon of curry powder to spice it up a bit

How to make your beef and green beans in a crock pot

(but if you don't have a slow cooker or crock pot, you can cook this in a casserole in the oven)  

First top and tail the green beans

The beans will then need to be blanched

Bring some water to the boil and throw in the beans. Boil them for a couple of minutes (parboil)

This is necessary otherwise your beans might not cook properly in the slow cooker.  If you are using a casserole in the oven then you probably won't need to do this

Next add the barley to the crock pot with the crumbled stock cube (or your choice of seasoning) and add about 150ml cold water

Then add your beef and green beans, placing the green beans first to ensure they don't dry up at the surface

Have your slow cooker set to a low temperature. and put the lid in place

You can leave it stewing all day and it will be lovely and tender for your evening meal

This is really nice served with rice or mash, but especially with mash

I ate mine with a homemade flatbread



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