Prep 10 mins
Cook 25 mins
Food & Wine. July 2007.
- 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
- 1 cup barley (7 ounces)
- kosher salt
- 1 1⁄2 lbs broccoli, cut into 1-inch florets
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- 1⁄4 cup minced shallot
- 2 teaspoons minced fresh ginger
- 1 jalapeno, seeded and chopped
- 1 scallion, thinly sliced
- In a medium saucepan, melt 1 tablespoon of the butter. Add the barley and cook over moderately high heat, stirring until fragrant and lightly browned, about 5 minutes. Add 3 cups of water and 1 teaspoon of salt and bring to a boil.
- Cover and cook over low heat until the barley is tender and the water is absorbed, about 20 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a large deep skillet, bring 1/2 inch of water to a boil. Add the broccoli florets, cover and cook just until bright green, about 2 minutes.
- Drain and pat dry. Wipe out the skillet and melt 1 tablespoon of the butter in the olive oil.
- Add the broccoli stems and stir-fry over high heat until crisp-tender, about 2 minutes. Add the shallots, ginger and jalapeño and stir-fry for 1 minute.
- Add the broccoli florets, season with salt and stir-fry for 2 minutes.
- Off the heat, stir in the barley and scallion and the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter. Transfer to a bowl and serve warm.