German Beef and Barley Bake
This casserole may be made ahead of time and refrigerated. To reheat, bake at 350 degrees 20 to 30 minutes or microwave (in a microwave-safe casserole) on Medium High until heated through. From the National Barley Foods Council posted in response to a recipe request.
- Ready In:
- 1hr 15mins
- 1 lb lean ground beef
- 1⁄2 cup chopped onion
- 1 clove garlic, finely chopped
- 1 cup pearl barley
- 4 slices bacon, diced
- 3 cups tomato juice
- 1⁄2 teaspoon salt
- 1⁄8 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 3 -4 cups sliced green cabbage
- 2 teaspoons caraway seeds
- 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
- Preheat oven to 350F.
- Saute beef, onions, and garlic in a large saucepan over medium heat.
- Pour off grease.
- Add barley and bacon; sauté 2 to 3 minutes.
- Stir in tomato juice, salt and pepper and bring to a low boil.
- Reduce heat, cover and simmer 30 minutes.
- Stir in cabbage and caraway seeds.
- Spoon mixture into 2-quart casserole.
- Bake for 30 minutes.
- Sprinkle with cheese and bake 5 minutes longer or until cheese melts.
- Makes 6 servings.
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This is one of my fav. dishes. Today I made a few changes - chopped up about 1/2 lb pastrami in place of bacon - added pastrami & barley to cooked n drained hamburger w/onion. Added approx 1 cup tomato juice and 'some' ground carraway. Sprayed my baking dish - patted hamburger mixture into bottom of pan. Shredded average size cabbage and patted on top of meat mixture. Mix I-6 oz can of tomato paste, enough beef broth to make about 2 cups, add 1 cup tomato juice - 1 can of stewed tomatoes w/ liquid - broken up. Pour - spread mixture over top of cabbage. Cover bake at 375 for 1 hour or till cabbage is cooked. Sprinkle 1 cup of your fav shredded cheese on top. I had 3 slices of rye bread I crumbled w/melted butter and spread over cheese. Return to oven to melt cheese and toast breadcrumbs. YUM!
This dish won my husband over to barley! Fantastic. I used 1/2 tsp of caraway and 1/2 tsp dill and added it right before adding the tomato juice. Swapped ground chicken for the beef and used V8. Everything else followed exactly. I won't add the extra salt next time because it was plenty salty. Thanks so much for this wonderful recipe! I'll be making it often.
This was such comfort food for me! I used ground turkey and turkey bacon, so the flavor was different I'm sure. I only used 1/2 t caraway that I ground up a bit with my mortar and pestle. I used 2 cans of V8 and apple juice to make up the remaining 3 cups. I baked it for 45 minutes and didn't add any cheese, but I did serve it with sour cream. Thank you so much for this recipe!