Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Barley Anything For Dinner

I never had barley, except for in a can of Campbell's Vegetable Beef Soup, until I was near 40 years old. So pretty much every time I make something with barley, it's a "first time" for me.

Tonight I made a roast beef and one of the sides I made was a barley pilaf.

Barley Pilaf
adapted from Mother's brand barley

Ingredients
1 1/3 cup beef broth
1/2 cup barley (quick cooking)
1/2 cup carrots, thin sliced
1/2 cup bell pepper, diced
1 clove garlic, minced
1/2 cup sliced mushrooms
1 Tablespoon Worcestershire sauce

Instructions
In a sauce pan, bring broth to a boil and stir in the barley. Cover and simmer until tender. They said 10-12 minutes but we went 15 and should have gone 20 minutes.

In a skillet, heat some butter and saute the carrots and bell pepper over medium high heat for 2-3 minutes. Add mushrooms and garlic and cook another 2 minutes.

Add the cooked barley and worchestershire sauce and stir for another 30 seconds or so.

Remove from heat and cover until ready to serve.

Since I already had the veggies and barley out, after dinner, I went ahead and made their Mushroom Barley Soup for lunch tomorrow.

Mushroom Barley Soup
Mother's brand Barley

Ingredients
1 Tbsp oil
3 cups mushrooms, sliced
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1/2 bell pepper, chopped
1 clove garlic, sliced
6 cups beef broth
1/2 cup barley (quick cooking)
1/2 tsp dried thyme
1/2 tsp dried marjoram

Instructions
In heavy 3 quart saucepan, cook mushrooms, onion, pepper and garlic in oil over medium heat about 5 minutes or until tender, stirring occasionally.

Add remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil, reduce heat, cover and simmer for 15 to 20 minutes, until barley is tender.

My thoughts are that I liked the flavor in both but the texture of the pilaf definitely needed more time cooking and I'll adjust that the next time.

Wish List Item
I would like a Firefox add-on that updates spell check with culinary related terms. Anyone know of one?

27 comments:

  1. Awesome! Dan used some barley in a stew a while ago, so I had a lot of barely in my cupboard that I had no idea what to do with...until now! Yum!

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  2. I always add barley (or quinoa) to my beef soups, but never cooked with it outside of that. These both look delicious - a great way to get more grains into the diet. Nice post!

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  3. I want a little of both!! or a lot mmmmmm

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  4. Can't help on that wishlist thing, sorry!

    Both of these dishes sound terrific - great photography too!

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  5. This looks wonderful. Same here. No barley cooked in my kitchen until about 5 years ago and I've only made it in soups. I love the texture of barley and I think it's really good for us isn't it? I'll have to dig out my barley soup recipes. Great post as usual Chris.

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  6. You went all out with barley! I've only had barley once and it was in a stew where it cooked with red wine. The barley turned an awful grayish-purple color and was kinda weird. I blame the recipe, not the barley.
    These recipes look good and I'd definitely like to try it again!

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  7. Chris, thank you for reminding me to use barley. I never seem to think of it. Lovely soup.

    Sorry, I can't help with Firefox, but that would be a great thing to find. Let us know if you can find it. I know we could all use it.
    Sam

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  8. I don't know that we ever eat barley, but you make it look good. I have drank a little barley in my time however.

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  9. I'm all over this one - I love barley! But like one of your other readers said, I've only used it in soups/stews...a pilaf?!?! Genius!

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  10. I've never even tried barley soup. I just always assumed it was like straw or hay or something.

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  11. Chris, both of these dishes look incredible! I especially like the texture the barley gives to the pilaf.

    Sorry, I can't help with Foxfire. I have never used it as a browser.

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  12. Both your dishes sound wonderful. It's an interesting grain and it's hard to go wrong using it. Have a terrific day...Mary

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  13. I've never had barley. I am going to try your pilaf recipe. Looks good!!

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  14. I like barley extract myself.

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  15. That looks awesome. I think i will have to try that pilaf. Great looking food as always!!

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  16. I make and like Beef barley soup! I also add mushrooms to mine!

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  17. I love barley and every time I cook with it, I say "I love barley. I have to use it more often." but alas I never do.

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  18. Only you would make the barley joke. As for the culinary spell check, that should be manditory for all blogs, e-mails, search engines etc

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  19. Looks fabulous... sorry I haven't been around for awhile, I moved to the US Virgin Islands (I still giggle when I say that) for six months, and it is taking awhile to get settled. But i do think I am caught up, and will be back with new postings...

    Come take a look at my new blogs of Island life!

    So loving this recipe. Now I have to see if I can find barley here

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  20. Oh yum! I love barley and I love mushrooms - both of these are winners in my book! Using the leftovers in soup is so... me :-)

    I have to mention - I woke up at 2am with this thought "Wait a minute, did Chris say there was a bird that flew by with a pancake?!" LOL!

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  21. What a great idea to use barley in a pilaf!

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  22. I love barley soup with beef! In Colombia we make a delicious barley soup......Now, I start craving that soup! Thank you :)

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  23. Your photography ROCKS! I am really loving the barley recipe and the soup sounds comforting and delicious.

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  24. Why do I always show up here around a mealtime? LOL now I have to change what I'm eating!

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  25. Barley is fabulous. so is bulgher! Try that one next. GREG

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  26. I've loved barley ever since I was a kid. Beef and barley soup is one of my favorites. I've tried it in pilafs, and in salads and for some reason, it doesn't cut it for me. Salads especially. I tried a grilled chicken and barley salad and it was bland beyond belief, needing lots of inventive add-ins to make it palatable. Maybe I'll just stick with soup.

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  27. I have a lonely bag of Bobs Red Mill barley that's ben begging me to use it all month, both recipes look great, barley pilaf here I come!

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