I wasn’t intending to post this at all. There I was minding my own business resurrecting an old recipe I used to make for the kids when they were little, when like second nature, I leaned over to picture it. Instagram & Facebook later, the responses for the recipe were astounding.
So here I am putting down what I don’t even consider a recipe really, just something I’ve made a million times with interchangeable ingredients. Just for you. Enjoy.
Barley is one of my favorite things to make. I love it in a soup but I adore it cooked and sautéed in a stir fry instead of rice. It’s crispy exterior when it’s fried in contrast to the soft interior is spectacular. I’m going to share below the ingredients and the process, but remember this is very forgiving so you can certainly add and subtract as you like. Just remember to cut everything the same size.
Barley Stir fry
- 2 1/2 cups Pot Barley, soaked overnight and drained very well
- 1 potato diced in very small cubes
- 1 red onion finely chopped
- 3 – 4 sausages cut in small cubes
- 3 –4 rashers of bacon(I used Turkey) cut fine
- 1 green pepper cut into small dice
- 1 cup left over cooked chicken cut into small dice
- 2 cups fresh spinach roughly chopped
- 3 - 4 tbsps light soya sauce
- Olive oil
- In a large non stick sauté pan, heat some Olive oil and cook the potatoes first till golden brown
- Add the onion and sauté till golden brown and follow with the sausage and bacon
- Add the cooked chicken and green pepper
- Cook for without stirring about 3 – 4 minutes at a time so the ingredients get a nice dark colour at the bottom
- Depending on the size of your sauté pan, either take everything out to sauté the barley or make a well in the centre and let the barley caramelize a little bit
- Mix together well and add the spinach which will wilt and cook in a few minutes
- Add the soya, toss and serve!