Friday, July 27, 2012

FFWD Lemon Barley Pilaf

 Lemon Barley Pilaf
This weeks French Friday recipe is for Lemon Barley Pilaf. Barley is a grain that I’ve used in very limited form; usually in soups or casseroles. I never thought of using it in a pilaf…and now I wonder why? This pilaf had great texture and wonderful flavor. I would have liked the veggies to be cooked a little more but, that’s just my preference.
This pilaf was a cinch to put together. I went shopping earlier in the day and, being a bit tired, I was hoping for an uncomplicated and straightforward recipe.  I was happily surprised by the ease of this dish.  Chopping the veggies was the hardest part of this recipe.  So chop I did…the onion (I used a shallot), a small carrot, half a red pepper, scallions (which I didn’t have so for color I threw in peas), and lemon zest.  Having my mise en place (everything ready for the pot), I started my barley cooking. You cook the barley as you would rice.  First melt a tablespoon of butter in the pot, add the onion, (cook but don’t brown) then add the barley. Saute the barley for about 3 minutes, then add the water, chicken broth, bay leaf, bring to a boil then lower the heat to a simmer until the barley is tender...about 30 minutes.  Now add the veggies, carrots first...cooking for about 5 minutes, then the red pepper. Turn off the stove and let rest 5 to 10 minutes. Just before serving, stir in the scallions and zest. 
This was really very good and even Bill liked it! Was it his favorite…well maybe not!  However, I would definitely make this one again; with a few changes that I think would work better for me. 
Happy Friday everyone!!


You can find this recipe in Dorie Greenspans cookbook “Around My French Table” or  here on Food.com.   To see what other Doristas are doing…check it out here.


Barley in chicken broth being brought to a boil
Chopped veggies
This was wonderful and I plan on leftovers for lunch…I love Dorie’s idea of adding chicken…next time!
An uncomplicated, easy dish for this French Friday!

26 comments:

  1. Kathy, beautiful colors! I love the way your Lemon Barley Pilafs looks with all the colorful carrots and peas and lemon zest! And I am glad that you liked it too - we loved it! And you are right, it is an easy, summery dish for a Friday!

    Have a wonderful weekend!

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  2. I like that you added the peas, it is so colorful! Glad it was a hit at your house. Have a great weekend!

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  3. I thought this dish was excellent. I'll definitely be making it again. I love your serving dish.

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  4. I love this. It's so healthy and flavourful!

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  5. I liked this dish also:) A great idea adding the peas - I'm making a note of it, my family isn't that fond of onions. Have a great weekend!

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  6. Beautiful pilaf! I wish I had leftovers! :)

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  7. Simple is good. The peas were a nice touch of needed color :-)
    Have a great weekend.

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  8. Looks great, the peas give it that extra something. I turned my leftovers into barley soup with cooked chicken
    and a bit of hot sauce. Added just the right flavor. Have a great weekend, and hopefully it will cool off with
    all these storms we are getting.

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  9. I like this simple salad, the colors of the veggies are beautiful! Enjoy your weekend;-)

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  10. Easy right? I like that you used peas. My leftovers were perfect for leftovers. If that makes sense. I dumped a scoop on some dressed salad greens and then just chopped up a bunch of stuff and added it. Voila. Lunch. Yeah, I would def add peas...I always have peas around and if I had seen this first I would have added them too. Good job!

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  11. Simple and beautiful dish, great photography my friend :D

    Cheers
    Choc Chip Uru

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  12. Your Bill liked this? I didn't even bother offering it to mine :) Beautifully plated, Kathy!

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  13. This is a lovely side dish idea. Thanks for the inspiration!

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  14. You might like sautéing the vegetables before you add them like I did. I like more cooked veggies in a warm salad.

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  15. Your dish looks creamy and delicious!

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  16. I can always use an easy side dish! Looks delicious~

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  17. I have never really cooked with barley before either, but I agree , with a few tweaks, this would be a terrific side dish.

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  18. I need to pull that book out and make this as this just looks so wonderful to me. Good job making me go "okay, a reason to cook today!!"

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  19. we loved it too! :) glad it was such an easy recipe!

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  20. Looks great! We enjoyed it also, really quick and quite a versatile recipe!

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  21. I would make this in a heartbeat and it would get inhaled! We love rice around here especially with cut up veggies! Yum.

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  22. What a lovely dish. It would be a perfect side to accompany most summer barbecue dishes, particularly lamb. It sounds wonderful and looks delicious. I hope you have a great day. Blessings...Mary

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  23. Hi Kathy, this looks so delicious and easy to do. I have never eaten barley this way before, its usually cooked in a soup for me, so yes this is a new recipe to try.

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