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What to do with barley?


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I got some barley for adding to soup, but recently I've just been cooking it up and eating it plain. I love the taste and texture, but I'm getting bored with just plain ol' barley.


Anyone have recipes or ideas of some different things I could do with it?

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If you cook it in stock rather than water you can add flavour.  Treat it as you would risotto rice, perhaps.... cook it with some chopped mushrooms, garlic and fresh herbs.   Or use in place of rice as a stuffing in peppers or large mushrooms.

That's a good idea. Maybe I'll make stuffed peppers next time I can catch them on sale.

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I made barley recently and added sauteed spinach, mushrooms and shrimp.  Made a pretty good lunch.

I love it cooked in vegetable broth with onions, black beans, corn and tomatoes. And throw in whatever spices you like. So tasty and really filling.

you could add fruit/cinnimon/milk/syrup/yogurt/sweetener/.. etc to it and eat it like you would oatmeal or a breakfast cereal 

I cook the barley with chicken stock and make a risotto with shallots, scallions, garlic, green peas, asparagus & lemon juice/zest. Mmmm.

I'm going to try some of your suggestions once I buy more vegetables. (I just moved and my poor refrigerator is pretty bare.)

But I was playing around with the leftover barley I cooked last night and came up with something yummy that I thought I'd share with you guys.

I added a splash of lemon juice, just enough light mayo to spread evenly, dill, chives, parsley, and a little bit of feta to the cold, cooked barley. It tastes really good. I'll probably convert other pasta salad recipes to using barley.

I have a delicious recipe for a Barley Bake, I can't quite remember everything that's in it but basically just some sauteed diced veggies like onions, mushrooms, red pepper, broccoli. Cook your barley in chicken broth then when it's cooked, add the sauteed veggies, some milk and a Tbsp of flour, and some grated low-fat cheddar cheese. Put it all into a baking dish sprayed with cooking spray and top with some parmesan or more lf cheddar and bake at 375 for about 20 minutes I think. It's really yummy.

Add hops, yeast and water.

I agree with floggingsully...

Depending on how adventurous you are in the kitchen, this recipe for Medieval Saffron and Cinnamon Chicken with Barley is amazing.

I've also had barley with dried currants as it's own dish.

Try it, sweet with your favourite sweetner (icing sugar or honey) and then mix it with walnuts, sunflower seeds, pomegranate seeds , chopped basil leaves, chopped dates, softened raisins. Finally sprinkle with enough cinnamon (to taste - i use lots as I love it and is supposed to be slimming...right...:)) for that extra bit of aroma. The same fruit and nut formula can be used for cooked wheat or you van mix them for a unique texture experience.

Original Post by victoriagirl:

I have a delicious recipe for a Barley Bake, I can't quite remember everything that's in it but basically just some sauteed diced veggies like onions, mushrooms, red pepper, broccoli. Cook your barley in chicken broth then when it's cooked, add the sauteed veggies, some milk and a Tbsp of flour, and some grated low-fat cheddar cheese. Put it all into a baking dish sprayed with cooking spray and top with some parmesan or more lf cheddar and bake at 375 for about 20 minutes I think. It's really yummy.

Ooh, that sounds really good. I'll have to try that one. I wonder if it would work with feta instead of cheddar (I don't buy cheddar because I end up eating too much of it).

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