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Barley with Sauteed Mushrooms

I find the combination of mushrooms and barley irresistible. The nuttiness of the barley and the earthiness of the mushrooms are a match made in heaven. This delicious side is perfect to serve with some roast chicken. It is also great eaten at room temperature so it is perfect for entertaining. Give it a try, I bet you will love it.

Ingredients for Barley with Sauteed Mushrooms:

1 cup pearl barley

10 ounce package mushrooms, cleaned, sliced and stems discarded

1/4 cup chopped shallots, about two large ones

2 tablespoons chopped parsley

2-3 sprigs fresh thyme

3 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil

Kosher salt


Time-Saving Tip: The mushrooms, shallots, and parsley can be prepped in advance. The barley can be cooked in advance, cooled, and then the recipe can be finished later.

Let's see what we need.

Let's cook.

Bring a pot of salted water to a boil. Once the water is boiling add the barley. Simmer for about 15-25 minutes until barley is tender.

Once the barley is tender, strain. Spread onto a parchment paper lined sheet pan and let cool. At this point, you can put this aside until use later or proceed with the recipe.

Add the olive oil to the pan and heat. Once the oil is hot add the mushrooms and season with salt and pepper. Saute on medium high heat a minute or so and throw in the thyme. After a minute or two, the mushrooms will start to look a little wet. At this point add the shallots and continue sauteeing for another minute or so. Now you can add the barley. Season with salt and pepper and quickly saute until hot. Add the parsley and adjust seasoning. Remove the thyme sprigs and save them for garnish.

It's ready. This Barley and Sauteed Mushrooms are so good. Everyone loves it. I doubt that you will have any leftovers but if you do...throw a sunnyside egg on it for breakfast.



Cranberry Walk
Cranberry Walk
Mar 28, 2019

Wow, joanfrankb that's awesome! It's great to know it freezes so well. Like you, I love this recipe, too. I love hearing from you.


Mar 27, 2019

This is the fourth time I've made this dish. Barley and Mushrooms are a must for my freezer. A great side serving for any type of meat or poultry. I like to always have it on hand, with the ease of frozen in portions and available any time. Thanks again for this great recipe.


Cranberry Walk
Cranberry Walk
Sep 25, 2018

Thanks for the great comment! I am so glad that enjoyed the Barley with Sauteed Mushrooms. And what great news that you thought the recipe was easy to follow and you were able to make it all in advance. Sounds like you had a delicious dinner. Thanks for visiting Cranberry Walk.


Sep 25, 2018

Just made this delicious side dish. Very easy to follow recipe, didn't have fresh thyme, used dried to taste. I made the barley, mushroom saute early in the day and heated it to serve with my roast pork for dinner. Excellent combination of ingredients.

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