Barley and Shrimp Creole

This tangy seafood dish has a New Orleans flair. If you like a little spice, add a dash of cayenne pepper to the seasonings.
4 servings (serving size: 1 heaping cup shrimp creole ove 3/4 cup barley)


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2 1/2 cups chicken broth
1 cup quick-cooking pearl barley
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 stalks celery, chopped
1/2 large green pepper, chopped
1 medium yellow onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
2 cups chopped fresh tomatoes or diced canned tomatoes
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 teaspoon chili powder
3/4 pound medium shrimp (shelled and cleaned)


1. In a medium-size saucepan with a lid, bring 2 cups of the broth to a boil. Add the barley; cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer for about 15 minutes. Remove from heat; let stand, covered, for 5 minutes, then fluff with a fork.

2. Meanwhile, in a large skillet with a cover, sauté the celery, pepper, onion, and garlic in the olive oil over medium heat for about 3 minutes, or until soft. Add the tomatoes, the remaining broth, and the seasonings; simmer, covered, for 5 minutes.

3. Add the shrimp; simmer, covered, for another 5 minutes, or until the shrimp are cooked through (pink and opaque) and the sauce has thickened. Serve over the barley.

How kids can help: Measure the ingredients.

Created date

October 2003