Sunday, September 24, 2017

{Winter} Sunday Supper: Beef Barley Soup and Crusty French Bread

*Each Sunday join our family for Sunday Supper! 
A time to slow and enjoy those around you. A time to nourish souls and share food that fills up a tummy quite comfortably! Each week I will feature a seasonal meal that is not only healthy, but food fare you can most definitely make in a timely manner. So come, come to the table, and make a memory that your family will cherish...

These recipes come from my friend, Kimberlee....and they are so delicious on a cozy Winter's day.
This is one of our favorite meals.
I think what I love most about this Sunday supper is that you can make it ahead and have a really restful day.

"Bubbling Soup Pots"
From: The Pioneer Lady's Hearty Winter Cookbook
By: Jane Watson Hopping

Great-Grandma Meekins daily kept a nourishing soup pot simmering on the back of a big black woodstove. She thought such soup with a slice of bread kept workingmen and children strong and healthy. Her soups tended to be made with bits of leftover meat and vegetables. Grandpa preferred corn chowder seasoned with ham. The boys in the family likes vegetable chowders heavily laced with bits of leftover roast pork butts. The girls~ Mabel, Gladys, and Hattie~ liked chicken soups with noodles or rice in them. In late winter, Great-Grandma fancied bean and green or yellow split pea soups with toasted breads.

Beef Barley Soup
{Serves many...I usually cut in half for our family of 6}

2 lbs. hamburger, browned
2 cups celery, chopped
3 cups carrots, sliced
1/2 head cabbage, shredded
2/3 cup barley
16 cups beef broth
2`14oz. cans Italian stewed tomatoes
6 cloves garlic
4 TBS. pesto
2 TBS. brown sugar
2 TBS. dark balsamic vinegar
2 TBS. Worcestershire sauce

Put all ingredients into a pot except brown sugar and vinegar.
Bring to a boil and then let simmer for 45 min.
Add last 2 ingredients.

*Crockpot method: Just combine all ingredients and simmer on low for 6-10 hours.

Crusty French Bread
{Makes 2 large loaves.}

3 cups warm water with 3 TBS. sugar and 1 pkg. yeast
1 tbs. salt
7-8 cups flour

Dissolve yeast with sugar in water and let bubble.
Add rest of the ingredients. 
Knead only until a soft dough forms.
Don't over-knead!
Cover and put into an oiled bowl.
Let rise.
Punch down and then form into two loaves.
Place on oiled baking sheet with oiled, rolled tea towel in between.
This keeps the bread from rising and sticking together.
Dust with flour and slash the top with a sharp knife.

Let rise until to desired size.

Remove tea towel carefully.

Bake at 450 degrees for 15 minutes.
Reduce heat to 350 degrees and bake for 15-20 more minutes.

 Serve hot with fresh butter or make grilled cheese sandwiches.

"Sometimes people can hunger for more than bread. It is possible that our children, our husband, our wife, do not hunger for bread, do not need clothes, do not lack a house. But...are we equally sure that none of them feels alone, abandoned, neglected, needing some affection? That, too, is poverty."

~Mother Teresa


Unknown said...

Oh my…these soup/bread recipes are nourishing my soul! I will have to try them to nourish our bodies!!!


Bevy @ Treasured Up and Pondered said...

Yumm... that bread.

I wonder why the oiled, rolled towel in the middle while rising?

Maureen Wyatt said...

The soup looks delicious but it's the wonderful bread that is making my mouth water!

Amy at love made my home said...

I always find your posts so calming and nourishing. I am really looking forward to your Sunday Supper posts. I hope that you have a great week. xx

connie said...

Julia, Lovely recipe...Gonna try this one for sure... And I love how Soup was kept on the Backburner of the stove.. One sure easy way for a warm up this time of year..and with yummy homemade bread.. I am sure the house smelled wonderful.. Have a great week... Connie

Sew a Fine Seam said...

yum! I wish I had some of that bread ready for the oven right now! Lvoe the tea towel idea too.

Erin said...

I just happened to have all the ingredients on-hand so I made this tonight. It was sooo good :) I even attempted the French bread...and it turned out great. My kids and my husband Loved it! Thank you for the recipes :)

Becky @ said...

Hi, Julia!
I saw on my blog that I was getting some traffic from your site, and I'm so glad to have found you! Thank you so much for sharing my Truth About Discontentment post with your readers. And thank you for sharing that soup recipe, looks delicious! (I have an incredible soup-making friend named Kimberlee, too, so for a minute I got really excited that we have have an in real life connection, but we're out in Southern California, so not the same friend.
Anyways, thank you again!

Jennifer said...

Love this soup!
I made the recipe this week and my family of 5, including 3 hardy teenagers, enjoyed it :)
I made the full recipe and had very little left over.
We made cornbread with ours~yum!
(BTW, just love the Sunday Supper series~

Simply At Home said...

Can't wait to try this soup. Looks so good. Thank you for adding me to your blog list. It was sweet of you. It has helped getting traffic to my blog. Blessings to your home.

Becky said...

I just made this soup last night for my family - everyone loved it! I'm fairly new to your lovely blog and am enjoying it very much!

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