Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Mediterranean Barley

Barley is one of those underutilized pantry staples. I actually prefer the creamy nutty flavor of barley to that of rice. I decided to experiment with the classic mediterranean flavor combination of spinach, feta and garlic. This was the resulting side dish.

Mediterranean Barley


  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 onion (chopped)
  • 1 clove garlic (chopped)
  • 1 cup pearled barley
  • 1/2 cup wine
  • 2 cups stock (vegetable or chicken or...)
  • 1 10 ounce package frozen spinach, thawed
  • 1/2 cup parmigiano-reggiano
  • salt and pepper to taste


1. Melt the butter in large sauce pan. Add onions and saute until softened, about 2-3 minutes.

2. Add the garlic and saute until fragrant, about 1 minute.4. Add barley toss to coat with the butter.

3. Add wine and stir until evaporated. Add 1/2 cup of stock at a time and stir until evaporated, adding the spinach with the last 1/2 cup of stock.

4. Add feta, salt and pepper and stir.

1 comment:

  1. This sounds really yummy... I'm always up for something with feta in it :)