Prep 20 mins
Cook 1 hr 15 mins
This is a great "instead of potatoes" sidedish that I've served for years.Use beef broth and serve with steaks or pork tenderloin or use chicken broth to serve with grilled or roasted chicken.
- 1 cup medium pearl barley
- 4 tablespoons butter
- 1 large yellow onion, minced
- 1 cup coarsely chopped mushroom
- 3 cups beef broth (depending on what meat is served with this) or 3 cups chicken broth (depending on what meat is served with this)
- 2 teaspoons salt
- 1⁄4 teaspoon pepper
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dried oregano
- 1⁄2 teaspoon dried thyme
- Preheat oven to 350°.
- Stir-fry barley in 2 tablespoons butter in a skillet over medium heat for about 2 minutes, or until lightly browned.
- Transfer to an ungreased 1 1/2-quart casserole.
- Sauté onions in remaining butter until pale golden; add mushrooms and sauté 3-5 minutes longer; add to casserole.
- Mix into casserole all other ingredients.
- Cover and bake for about 1 hour and 15 minutes until barley is tender, stirring every now and then.
- Fluff with a fork before serving.
Nice way to prepare barley. I used beef stock and did not add additional salt until it was finished baking. I am glad I waited because 2 teaspoons would have been too much. Ended up adding about 1/2 teaspoon salt to the finished product. Made a very filling, satisfying lunch and I am sure to add this to my side dish rotation. Thanks for the recipe.
I love mushrooms so I simply had to try this dish. I used chicken stock and since it was made from a stock cube I only use one teaspoon of salt. I also added a can of chickpeas and made this the main dish in a vegetarian meal. I also used a low fat butter flavored cooking spray instead of the butter and it turned out fine. I really enjoyed it as a meal but I do agree that you have to watch it in the oven so that it doesn't go too dry. I had to add a bit more stock about 20 minutes until the end. The pepper used in this gives it a slight spicy taste that was nice.
Well Leslie in Texas,you were right easy and delicious.It was so hot inside I tried it on the stove top. Worked great,only you have to watch it and keep adding broth so it wouldnt get too dry.Delicious. Thanks.