Groaty Pudding / Groaty Dick

Vanessa Priest

By
@Vanessa_Priest

Groaty pudding is a classic Black Country dish, a meat porridge often made and served for bonfire night. This is my late mother in laws recipe with a twist. I didn't have any groats so I used pearl barley if you use groats you have to soak them over night and double your cooking time. I also added orange and bay leaf as I think it goes well with beef. I cook this the day before I want to eat it, it strengthens the flavour and is easy to put in the microwave when you get back from the football, cold winter walks or from the pub.


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Rating:

Serves:

4-6

Prep:

2 Hr 20 Min

Cook:

5 Hr

Method:

Slow Cooker Crock Pot

Ingredients

1 lb
beef shin cut small
1
leek
1
onion
2
carrots
1 stick
celery
1 c
pearl barley if can't get groats
1 pt
beef stock
1 tsp
thyme, leaves
1 tsp
salt
1 pinch
black pepper
1
zest and juice of an orange (opt)
2
bay leaves (opt)
1 tsp
cooking oil

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Rinse and Soak your grains. If using pearl barley at least a couple of hours or you can do it over night. If using groats then over night.
2
Dice your vegetables and meat into bite size chunks. In a large pan add a teaspoon of oil. I use a metal casserole dish with a lid as my food is going to sit in the bottom oven of the Aga and I hate washing up.
3
Fry the beef until it's just coloured and then add your vegetables (and orange zest if using it). Fry until the onion softens then add your drained grains.
4
Add your herbs and seasonings, and finally the beef stock and orange juice (optional). If you are using a slow cooker then transfer the mixture into the pot and leave it to cook for several hours. I put my casserole dish in the bottom oven of the Aga and go to work or down the pub. But it will take at least 4 hours for the grains to soften and absorb the stock, and for the meat to fall apart. Check your seasoning and add more if needed. Serve warm in a bowl with a spoon and a smile. If you make it in advance to heat up, it tastes even better the next day.

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Rice/Grains
Regional Style: English
Dietary Needs: Low Fat, Dairy Free
Other Tag: Heirloom