Thursday, April 19, 2012

Barley and Mushrooms

Definitely on a mushroom kick, can you tell? Almost every other recipe lately has mushrooms! We just love them and when I saw this recipe that Barbara at Moveable Feasts posted I knew my family would love it! And they did. Really a fantastic recipe. Couldn't get them to have it with the yogurt or even a swirl of sour cream in theirs, but I used the Greek yogurt for mine and it was really even better. I've made this twice since Barbara first posted and we look forward to it again and again. And due to a severe cookbook addiction I also ended up buying the book it came from, Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi, and have lots more recipes bookmarked!










Barley and Mushrooms with Greek Yogurt
Recipe from Plenty by Yotam Ottolenghi

1/2 cup pearl barley
about 1/2 ounce dried porcini mushrooms
about 1/2 ounce dried chanterelle mushrooms
1 cup lukewarm water
4 cups shiitake (stems removed) and button or cremini mushrooms
4 tablespoons olive oil
3 tablespoons butter
2-3 fresh thyme sprigs, leaves only or 1 teaspoon dried
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 cup white wine
2 tablespoons chopped parsley, some extra for garnish
fresh lemon juice (1/2 lemon)
Greek yogurt for topping
salt and black pepper, to taste

Rinse the barley with cold water, then place in a medium-sized saucepan and cover with fresh water. Simmer for 30-35 minutes, or until tender. To rehydrate the dried mushrooms, place the porcini and chanterelles in a bowl and pour the lukewarm water over the mushrooms, set aside and let them sit for a while to soften.

Put the fresh mushrooms in a hot pan with the oil, half the butter and the thyme, and saute for about 8-10 minutes, until the mushrooms soften, stirring occasionally. Add the garlic and wine and simmer for another 5 minutes.

Add the porcini and chanterelles and the soaking liquid, you may have to strain the liquid to get rid of any grit left in the bowl or just don't pour the liquid at the bottom of the bowl. Season with salt and pepper. Simmer on low heat for about 10 minutes. Stir in the remaining butter with the parsley, lemon juice and cooked barley. Add more water if needed and taste for seasoning.

To serve, top with a spoonful of yogurt and a sprinkle of parsley or coriander.



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56 comments:

  1. This looks amazing! I really like barley and we have been experimenting with different types of mushrooms. It has been a lot of fun. I have been used to the regular button type mushrooms but boy is there a great world of flavors out there when you start mixing them. This recipe is a real keeper!! Thanks.

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  2. Love this idea; Mushrooms seem to go so well with my barley soup, but this is something I never thought of trying.Saving this one; thank you.
    Rita

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  3. Never heard this combination...

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  4. This looked delicious on Barbara's blog, and it looks equally great on yours! I've got both mushrooms and barley on hand right now and just might give it a try.

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  5. This looks so delicious! I always want to cook with mushrooms, but I'd only be cooking for myself because everyone I know hates them! I don't know how anyone could hate this dish though, it looks perfect :)

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  6. This dish looks great and is right up my alley. I will definitely give it a go because I have a bag of barley in the cupboard right now. Also, from your wordless Wednesday post, that picture of the orange would make a lovely note card.
    ♥, Susan

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  7. It looks hearty and delicious. I love, love, love mushrooms!

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  8. Been into mushrooms lately. This is an interesting recipe and ingredients. I love mushrooms since a friend introduced me to it. Every time a see a recipe about mushroom I am excited to try it. This is a delicious and drool worthy meal.=)

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  9. I've never used barley and will have to try this yummy looking recipe!
    ~Judy

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  10. So pleased you liked this as much as we did! Isn't the book fabulous? I have little markers all over it.

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  11. Oh-oh, I see another cookbook I may have to add to my collection! This sounds wonderful and earthy, Carol. I can't wait to try it!

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  12. Looks like a very hearty dish! Love me some barley:@)

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  13. My mouth was watering just reading this. I'll definitely have to try it on the weekend - we love barley and mushrooms, so I know this will be a hit.

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  14. I love mushrooms, this looks like such a delicious hearty dish.

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  15. I love anything with mushrooms - the barley bit looks interesting. Sounds like good texturing.

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  16. I have made mushrooms and barely but in soup form. I love the taste of the porcini, but I have yet to acquire the taste of the Greek yogurt.

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  17. This is a fantastic looking dish. I love every bit of it.

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  18. What a great looking dish, perfect for a day like to today when it's pouring with rain.
    bon appetit

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  19. Are you in a fungus funk? :). It looks very good and healthy!

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  20. I think I need to get some barley. This looks delicious!

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  21. I love barley, but I'm often unsure of what to do with it. Thanks for giving me an idea! :)

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  22. WOW! With porcini and chanterelle mushrooms in it, waht's not to like?! I'd love a big bowlful please!

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  23. I love mushrooms. My family however wouldn't eat if there is anything that resembles mushrooms.

    New follower.

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  24. I REALLY need to start cooking more from that cookbook because every recipe I see in it looks amazing!

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  25. I love the combo of mushrooms and barley in any form, and your dish looks sto yummy! And healthy too! The Greek yogurt on top is such a great idea - it make sthe whole dish rich and creamy and you still get the 'healthy'

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  26. Wow...you're right! That does look fabulous! My daughter is crazy about mushrooms, so I may give this a try!

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  27. How I adore wild mushrooms! This dish looks scrumptious Carol and with the barley it is a full meal. What a great way to go veg for a day.

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  28. that looks so rich and flavorful!

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  29. Oh yeah. I could eat this every day. So glad I read this *before* I went shopping today. Must make this this week. The yogurt or sour cream is a must!

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    1. Oh, and just ordered the cookbook. LOL

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    2. LOL! Looking forward to a review!

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  30. Two of my favorite combinations - barley and mushrooms and not in a soup, for a change. This sounds like something right up my alley and something I could take for lunch. Thanks for posting this and making me so happy.

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  31. I have never cooked with barley, but this recipe looks worth trying. Your photography has my mouthwatering! I can almost smell and taste the barely and mushrooms!

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  32. That looks SO satisfying and earthy and beautiful and WANT IT!

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  33. Wow, looks amazing and scrumtious!! I love Greek yogurt and mushrooms -- haven't cooked too much with barley so this will be an adventure. :)

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  34. You are always trying something new - I like that. I never would have thought of pairing these two ingredients together. Good for you, Carole.

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  35. That looks delicious. I have about a cup of barley in the cupboard so know what it will be used for. I just need to go get some crimini 'shrooms!

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  36. This looks fantastic - I am an Ottolenghi fan - my daughter lives in London and every time I visit we have to have at least one lunch at the Otolenghi Cafe - it is unbelievable! My eyes just about pop out of my head looking at all the amazing food they have displayed! I love this Plenty cookbook my daughter bought iy for me as a surprise but somehow I missed this delicious looking recipe! Thanks Carol!

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  37. I know exactly what you mean with mushrooms! This dish looks pretty amazing Carol! I am keeping the recipe to try it!

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  38. I am going to get some barley to try with mushrooms! It looks wonderful!

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  39. I adore mushrooms too!This recipe is definitely a must try!!!Have a lovely week,sweet Carol:)

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  40. Hi Carol! Hubby and I love mushrooms, we would both love this recipe. It looks delicious. Thanks for sharing the recipe, have a great week ahead.

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  41. it almost looks like a risotto! I love everything that has to do with mushrooms

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  42. I have never had barley before but I LOVE mushrooms. This looks sooo good, Carol!

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  43. We love mushrooms! I know this would be yummy!

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  44. This sounds so good. Love mushrooms ... this is a keeper!

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  45. barley and mushroom are so pretty and healthy :P

    Latest: FiSh Castle

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  46. Wow, I missed this on Barbara's blog and am so glad to find it here, Carol. I don't eat a lot of meat so this is a perfect dinner entree for me. Can't wait to try this yummy dish!

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  47. What a delicious looking vegetarian dish, Carol! I love your combination of flavors and textures in it! Thanks for sharing.

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  48. thank you!! I'm making this for dinner - it's perfection!!
    mary x

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  49. I am such a huge mushroom fan. I have to trick my husband by telling him greek yogurt is sour cream (ahem) lol but I guess your family is wise to that. Either way this barley dish looks perfect as a mine or even a side for a dinner party.

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  50. Carol, thanks for the encouraging comments. It is tough to be an explorer, photographer and a blogger (on top of the other household chores) very much willing to share my photos.

    But I am loving it!

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  51. I can see why you have made this recipe more than once. I love the texture and flavor of barley and then you add the wonderful flavors of mushroom and it sounds great.

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  52. I am thinking that this dude needs to add barley to his pantry

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