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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Barley with Caramelized Onions and Shiitake Mushrooms

I made this when I did the Chicken Burgers for a Martha Monday challenge and am finally posting it now. Sorry for the delay, it would of made sense to show it the next day, but stuff happens. I have been buying up several different grains to try. I've had barley before, but not as the main part of the side dish. I also have some black rice to try, and found some red rice yesterday. Well see what happens.

I loosely based this recipe off from one I saw on My Recipes. I changed the amounts and the method of cooking it.

2 tablespoons butter
1 chopped onion (you can add more if you like)
1 cup sliced button mushrooms
1 cup sliced shiitake mushroom caps
1 cup uncooked pearl barley
1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
1 teaspoon dried sage
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon dried thyme
3 cups vegetable broth
you can salt it if you like
Fresh thyme sprigs (optional)
I had just a few mushrooms to use up, so that's why I cut back on that ingredient. Caramelizing the onions and using shiitake mushrooms and soy sauce really gives it a nice color and depth of flavor.
Caramelize the onions in some butter first, it takes around 10 minutes or so, then add the mushrooms.

I like to add the herbs now, early on if they are dried. Add barley, cook 2 minutes, stirring frequently. Stir in the soy sauce and broth, bring to a boil then simmer for 45 minutes until barley is tender.

We liked it, but I think next time I will try baking it. It was a little more moister that I thought, but it tastes good!


  1. This sounds interesting, I will give it a try. Diane

  2. Looks very healthy indeed. Fresh shiitake gets so flavourful once cooked. Yum, yum!

  3. Healthy and yummy meal..i love Barley

  4. I adore barley recipes. It's one of my favorite grains. This looks like an excellent recipe to try.

  5. I love barley and definitely will try this. It's seldom you see recipes using it like you said, as the main part of the side dish. It sounds delicious to me for sure. Thanks for the recipe!

  6. I'm not usually big on grains, but I know I should eat more...I'll have to give barley a try.

  7. Lindsey, you're getting creative everyday! Can't wait to see your next post.

  8. Diane, let me know if you do!

    the lacquer spoon, yes you gotta love fresh shiitake mushrooms, and the flavor.

    Sarah, we trying to eat healthy

    Mags, how do you like to fix it?

    Pam, it has a lot of flavor going on.

    Bo, we are trying to eat more grains. Last night I made some mixed grains and red rice. My husband wasn't thrilled with it, now I have to work on that! :)

    Anncoo, thanks, you're so kind!

  9. It looks febulous! Barley is my favorite.

  10. Popped in to say hi! We're just now getting into barley and this looks great!

  11. Lyndsey

    This dish reminded me of one I made using bulgur and mushrooms; in fact, the barley has the exact same aspect as bulgur! I will try it with barley next time! Loved its earthiness.

  12. I really like barley in soup but haven't done much else with it. This sounds great and I will give it a try!

  13. I've never had barley in anything but soup! This looks delicious...dark with all those flavors. Shiitake are my favorite mushrooms too! Great idea, Lyndsey!

  14. Ooo... I've never tried having barley in savory kinda flavour. Sounds really interesting! Does it soft enough to be eaten after 45mins of boiling & simmering time? I thought it needed longer time to be cooked. I like it soft. It looks more like rice after cooked though. Hope you're having a wonderful time at home!
    Cheers, Kristy

  15. Looks delish! Thanks for sharing your recipe! :)

  16. Vidhya - Thanks, it was good!

    The Blonde Duck - Hi, glad you stopped in!

    tasteofbeirut - I have some bulgur too, and you're right they would be very intercahngable.

    marthaandme - Let me know how you liked it!

    Barbara - thanks, you might just like it like this if you like all the flavors! :D

    Kristy - It was a little "al dente" but we liked it that way. The recipe that was baked went for an hour in the oven. I'm sure you could cook this longer the way you like it. I think they splits open the longer it's cooked.
    Thanks, I'm having a nice time at home, but there is always so much to do around here!

  17. wow this is so cool I have never cooked barley I need to try


  18. Lyndsey this look fantastic! love it! gloria

  19. Love this dish. Creative and flavorful. You hit on one of my absolute favorties shitakes.


  20. It looks great. It reminds me of a hearty risotto..I LOVE RISOTTO

  21. I tend to forget that I have Barley in my pantry. Thanks for the reminder and a very nice recipe to integrate it;o)
    The Shitakes add just the flavour that I favor;o))
    Have a great day,

  22. I do love barley. This sounds like a wonderful recipe! A definate must-try!

  23. I agree, this recipe is a must-try! You have a gift for making wholesome, healthy foods sparkle with flavor. These pictures are so appetizing, yum yum yum!!

  24. What a lovely presentation! I never cook barley .. have to try it.

  25. My hubby can't eat but I could make t his with rice or quinoa. It sounds so good and I have mushrooms and onions in the house.


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