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Dec 9, 2009 03:20 PM

leftover barley

have a few cups of leftover cooked pearl barley. need ideas. kets have em.....

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  1. -back when i could eat it, i would mix it into cottage cheese with some sweetener, cinnamon and vanilla, then nuke in the microwave til gooey to make a faux rice/barley pudding.

    -mix with some caramelized onions and mushrooms for a pilaf

    -saute some onions in oil along with some mushrooms, then add the barley along with some balsamic vinegar and soy sauce. stir in thyme or parsley at the end. top with some grated parmesan if desired.

    -mix with celery, carrots, and onions sauteed in oil and chicken broth, then mix in thyme. slice open and bake acorn squash til tender. scoop flesh and fill with barley stuffing, drizzle with melted butter and return to oven. bake til almost done. sprinkle with grated cheese and broil til cheese is brown and gooey.

    or a thai barley stir-fry

    1. I might suggest heating up some stock and, just before serving, stir in the barley to bring it up to temperature. Might include a few veggies in the stock and cook them before the addition of the barley. Nice hot soup on these cold days is always welcome.

      1. I love barley risotto! Since the barley is already cooked, I would suggest sauteeing some onions, garlic and mushrooms, adding the barley to the mix and stirring some mashed butternut squash or beets...It is really delicious and healthy to boot.

        1. Add some warm roasted veggies and a lemony dressing to make a salad.

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          1. re: cheesecake17

            I like to mix barley with roasted zucchini and eggplant, arugula, fresh tomato and garlic - toss with olive oil, red wine vinegar and a little sea salt. One of my favorite lunches.

          2. i like the ideas with sauteed mushrooms -- maybe in a soup?

            also, it'd be good in a casserole -- i'm thinking eggplant and cheddar cheese....