Any good barley recipes?
Hey casey...I'm just starting out with barley, so I'm a novice...finally found hulled barley at Wild Oats (hulled barley is the only form of barley considered a "whole grain"--if it's pearled, it is not as fiber-rich, just in case anyone is wondering...heh) and I made this last night with a braised turkey thigh dish which is supposed to go over noodles but I wanted a healthier starch so I made this baked barley from Alton Brown:
It's very good! Came out fluffy but with a bit of a chew to it...I will probably look into putting the leftovers into a salad of some kind this week to take to work.
The braised turkey thigh recipe was excellent, too...got the turkey thighs on sale for .99 pound ... did not use the olives in the recipe, a few chopped capers instead:
I have also used the baked barley recipe, it works quite nicely.
Another recipe that I love is Mediterranean Eggplant and Barley Salad from Gourmet a few years ago. It is perfect for summer with zucchini and eggplant. I use hulled barley instead of pearl barley, and sometimes I add chickpeas.