BARLEY CASSEROLE

BARLEY CASSEROLE

4 to 6 servings

 

Barley has been used in a
variety of ways in the American cuisine since early colonial days. 

Serve this casserole as an
entrée or a side dish

 

  • 2
    tablespoons butter or margarine
  • ½
    cup medium barley
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 1/3 cup hot water
  • 1/3 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 2 to 3 tablespoons thinly sliced green onion (include
    some green parts)
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons diced pimento (well drained)
  • Salt to taste
  • ½ cup sliced almonds

 

In
a medium heavy skillet, melt butter over moderate heat; add barley and brown
lightly, stirring frequently.  Add
chicken broth, hot water, mushrooms, green onion, and pimento, mixing well;
bring mixture to a simmer.

 

Transfer
barley mixture to a 1-quart casserole lightly coated with non-caloric vegetable
cooking spray.  Cover and bake in a
preheated moderate oven (350 degrees F.) for 55 minutes or until barley is tender.  Uncover, stir barley mixture, season with
salt to taste, and evenly sprinkle almonds over the top of the casserole.  Continue baking, uncovered, for about 5 to 7
minutes or until almonds are lightly browned. 
Serve immediately.

 

Variation: Sauté 8 to 12 ounces ground
beef or uncooked ground chicken or turkey in the skillet before adding barley.  May omit butter or margarine, if
desired.  Add remaining ingredients and
bake as previously directed.  Use beef broth, if using ground beef.

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