Frugal Gourmet's Barley & Mushroom Casserole

Martha Price

By
@Karenella

I was well into my twenties before I 'discovered' barley, and have loved it ever since. It is inexpensive, versatile, hearty and very good, with a slightly nutty flavor.

This casserole can serve as either a side OR main dish; it is filling and satisfying.
Although you probably won't miss the meat, you can add cooked chicken, beef or pork, if desired.

The original recipe is of Scottish origin, and came from a cookbook by the'Frugal Gourmet', Chef Jeff Smith.


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Serves:

6 - 8

Prep:

15 Min

Cook:

45 Min

Method:

Bake

Ingredients

6 Tbsp
butter
2 clove
garlic, peeled and minced
1 - 2
yellow onions, peeled and minced
1 lb
mushrooms, thinly sliced
1 c
pearl barley
1/2 Tbsp
dried basil
3 c
chicken stock or broth
salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
1/2 c
chopped fresh parsley

Directions Step-By-Step

1
Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees.
2
Melt the butter in a 2-quart stove-top covered casserole. Add the garlic and onion and saute over moderately low heat until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes.

Add the mushrooms and saute over modeerate heat until the mushrooms are golden, about 5 minutes.
3
Add the barley and basil to the mushroom mixture, and toss lightly, then pour in the chicken stock and season to taste with salt and pepper.
4
Slowly bring the casserole to a boil, then remove it from the heat. Cover the casserole and bake in the oven until the barley is tender, about 45 to 50 minutes.
Before serving, add the chopped parsley and toss gently. Serve piping hot.

About this Recipe

Main Ingredient: Rice/Grains
Regional Style: American
Dietary Needs: Vegetarian
Other Tags: For Kids, Healthy