Tuesday, October 9, 2007

Tasty Tuesday - Mushroom Barley Casserole

So delicious...this recipe tastes like mushroom barley soup, but without the soupy part. Mm...perfect for a cold fall day.

And since it's still Vegetarian Awareness Month (and I'm still a vegetarian), no meat involved in this puppy.

Barley and Mixed Mushroom Casserole
Recipe from Jeanne Lemlin (Food Network)

2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 medium onions, finely diced
1 carrot, very finely chopped
1 celery rib, thinly sliced
3/4 pound (4 1/2 cups) thinly sliced mushrooms (such as shiitake, button, baby portobellos, and oyster)
1 1/2 cups pearl barley
/2 teaspoons minced fresh thyme, or 3/4 teaspoon dried
3/4 teaspoon salt
Generous seasoning freshly ground black pepper
4 1/2 cups boiling vegetable stock

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add the onions, carrot, celery, mushrooms, barley, thyme, salt and pepper and saute, stirring frequently, until the mushrooms begin to brown, about 10 minutes. Scrape the mixture into a shallow 2 1/2quart baking dish (such as a 10 by 10inch Corning Ware casserole) and pour in the boiling vegetable stock. Cover tightly and bake 60 to 75 minutes, or until all the liquid is absorbed. (Be careful of the steam when removing the cover.) The barley should have a slightly crunchy texture when done. If it is too hard after all the stock has been absorbed, add some boiling stock or water and cook 10 to 15 minutes more.

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