Garlic Mushrooms and Barley

This is a take on a mushroom and barley dish a friend of mine made for me a few weeks ago. It works in place of rice as a side dish for any type of meat dish, especially steak, or if you are a vegetarian like me, it’s a great main course. It also tasted excellent reheated for lunch the next day.

I use vegetable bouillon cubes, but you can replace it with mushroom (or chicken for non-veggies) broth.

3 cups water
3-4 vegetable bouillon cubes
1 package sliced mushrooms (use as big or small of a package you want, but minimum is 8 oz. package)
1 1/2 cups barley
2-3 cloves garlic, chopped (if you like garlic, add at least two more cloves)
fresh ground pepper

In a large pot combine water, bouillon cubes and barley.

Wash the mushrooms and break into pieces. Then add them to the pot. Add salt and fresh ground pepper.

Cover, bring to a boil and reduce heat to a simmer. Cook for about 20 – 30 minutes or until all the water the absorbed. I like my barley a little firmer, but you can add more water if you want it mushier.

Take off the heat and let stand at least 5 minutes before serving.



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8 Responses to Garlic Mushrooms and Barley

  1. Alisa says:

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  4. Miriam says:

    What an exellently nutricious and delicious meal! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  5. April says:

    Easy and good! Stopping by from MMM blog hop!

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    Frugally Green Mom

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  7. This dish looks right up my husbands alley! And, can i just say, the glass of wine on your header just inspired me to get a glass of my own…RIGHT NOW!! Really – I am pulling the cork out with my teeth as I type!!

    This is PERFECT for my new linky party, Foodie Friday. Please stop on over and link up!

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  8. I love barley but have always used it in stews, never on it's own. I think your recipe sounds delicious and I look forward to giving barley a try as a side dish! Thank you for linking this to Let's Do Brunch. I hope you will come along and link up again tomorrow.

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