Recipe by Diana #2
This is an amazing recipe. Not only is it great as a side dish, it's terrific all on its own. Feel free to change up the vegetables. Because of my love for onions.....I tend to cut them into large chunks. This makes a large amount, but I usually cut it in half. Freezes well too! Slightly different from others already posted.
Top Review by CAFrogley
Really liked the versatility and taste of this side dish -- served with steak filet Mignon, but could see it being a great side for a number of different main dishes (or a meal all by itself). Plus, it tasted even better the next day with leftover Italian Roast Pork Loin (another recipe from this site). Like other reviewers, I added mushrooms, but sauteed them separately with a little bit of butter, and also used homemade chicken stock. Next time, I might add some peas at the last minute, or perhaps sauteed fresh asparagus.
- 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 1 cup celery, chopped
- 1 cup onion, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 1⁄4 cups pearl barley
- 1 cup long grain brown rice, white works well too
- 6 cups boiling water
- 1 cup carrot, julienne
- 3 tablespoons chicken bouillon powder, I use liquid
- 1 tablespoon parsley flakes
- 1⁄4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
Directions See How It's Made
- Preheat oven to 350*.
- Heat 1 tbsp of oil in a large frying pan on medium heat.
- Add celery, onion and garlic and cook for 5 - 10 minutes or until the onion has softened to your liking -- or not :).
- Transfer to a 3 quart casserole dish.
- Heat the remaining tablespoon of oil in the same frying pan, and add the barley and rice.
- Heat and stir for about 5 minutes, or until the grains start to turn golden brown.
- Add this to the onion mixture, along with the water, carrots, bouillon, parsley and pepper. Stir well.
- Bake, covered, for about 2 hours or until the barley is tender and liquid absorbed.