Barley Risotto - Rombauer Vineyards
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Barley Risotto

Barley Risotto

Prep Time:

10 Minutes

Cook Time:

90 Minutes

Total Time:

100 Minutes

Ingredients

  • ¼ cup (1/2 stick) butter
  • 1 1/3 cups finely chopped onion
  • 8 ounces shiitake mushrooms, stems removed,
    caps diced
  • 1 cup pearl barley
  • 2/3 cup dry white wine
  • 1 tablespoon mashed or finely minced garlic
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon black pepper
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • ½ to 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese
  • 2-3 tablespoons chopped parsley or
  • 1 to 2 teaspoons chopped thyme

1Step 1

Heat ¼ cup (1/2 stick) butter in a large deep skillet over medium heat until the foam subsides.

Add 1 1/3 cups finely chopped onion and cook, stirring, until tender but not brown, about 7 minutes.

2Step 2

Stir in 8 ounces of shiitake mushrooms, stems removed, caps diced, and cook until softened.

Add 1 cup pearl barley and stir until glazed with butter.

3Step 3

Add the following and cook, stirring, until the liquid is absorbed, about 3 minutes:
2/3 cup dry white wine
1 tablespoon mashed or finely minced garlic
½ teaspoon salt
½ teaspoon black pepper

4Step 4

Meanwhile, bring 8 cups of chicken broth to a boil, then reduce the heat to a gentle simmer.

Stir 2 cups of the broth into the barley. Cook at a moderate to brisk simmer, stirring occasionally, until the broth is almost absorbed, 8 to 9 minutes. Add the remaining stock, ½ cup at a time, allowing each addition to be absorbed before adding the next and stirring often; it will take 4–5 minutes of each addition to be absorbed and a total of 45–55 minutes for the barley to become tender. If you run out of stock before the barley is done, finish cooking with hot water.

5Step 5

If serving as a main course, stir in ½ to 1 cup grated Parmesan cheese.

Garnish with 2-3 tablespoons chopped parsley or 1 to 2 teaspoons chopped thyme.

This can be made up to 4 days ahead. Let cool completely, then cover and refrigerate. Reheat in a skillet over low heat, adding a little water and stirring frequently.

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