Aunt Weezie is an amazing cook, and undaunted by hoards of hungry guests. She told me that this recipe is from Canada’s “Chatelaine Magazine”, back in the 70’s.
- ½ cup butter, divided
- ½ pound mushrooms, thinly sliced (approximately 2 ½ cups)
- ½ cup coarsely chopped onion
- 1 1/3 cups pearl barley
- 5 cups hot chicken broth, divided
Preheat oven to 350F.
In 2 Tablespoons butter, sauté the mushrooms until they are tender, 4 – 5 minutes. Lift out the mushrooms with a slotted spoon, and set aside.
In same skillet, heat remaining butter; and sauté the onion until it’s golden, about 5 minutes.
Add barley to onions in pan, and cook over low heat, stirring frequently, until barley is golden brown, another 5 minutes..
Remove from heat; stir in mushrooms, and 2 cups of hot broth.
Turn mixture into a 2-quart casserole, and bake, covered, about 30 minutes.
Stir in 2 more cups hot broth, cover, and bake another 30 minutes or until barley is tender.
Finally, stir in remaining cup of broth, and bake 20 minutes longer.
Serve hot as a “side”.