Barley and Mushroom Pilaf



1 ounce rinsed, dried porcini mushrooms , soaked in hot water (optional)
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 pound assorted mushrooms , sliced 1/4 inch thick
3 tablespoons butter or olive oil
1 small onion , finely chopped, about 1 cup
2 teaspoons salt or to taste
2 cups barley
6 cups hot vegetable or chicken stock , or a bit more if needed

Cooking Instructions

1. Rinse the porcini, then soak them in hot water, covered for at least a half hour. Strain mushrooms with a colander over a bowl, reserving liquids.

2. Strain liquids through a fine strainer and set aside. Chop porcini and set aside.

3. To cook the mushrooms, melt 2 tablespoons of the butter with the oil and saute the chopped mushrooms quickly over high heat until they release some liquids.

4. Stir in the chopped porcini and their liquids. Season with salt and pepper and set aside.

5. Bring the stock to a boil and then reduce heat, partially cover and hold at a simmer.

6. Melt 3 tablespoons of the butter in a large saute pan with high sides over moderate heat. Add the onion and cook for about 8 to 10 minutes, until the onions are tender and translucent.

7. Add salt and the barley and stir until the grains are coated with butter.

8. Add the hot stock and stir over low heat until the stock is absorbed. Cooking time may be as long as 30 minutes, depending upon the age of the barley.

9. During the last 10 minutes, stir in the cooked mushrooms, the chopped porcini and their liquids. Simmer until barley is tender, then adjust seasoning. Serve hot.

Serving Size: about 3/4 cup

Nutrition Information

Number of Servings: 6
9 g
Total Carbohydrate
30 g
Dietary Fiber
6 g
Soluble Fiber
1 g
Insoluble Fiber
4 g
4 g
Total Fat
16 g
Saturated Fat
4 g
Percent Calories from Protein
11 %
Percent Calories from Carbohydrate
38 %
Percent Calories from Fat
51 %
881 mg