This is a low calorie version, so don't expect a creamy rich taste. I think it is a good way to eat whole grains. I used brown rice,because I was out of barely. I liked the mushroom taste. For special occasions, you might want to add some cream and more cheese.
Mushroom and Barley Risotto
Ltoeat Posted: 12/21/10
beingoofy Posted: 11/30/10
I followed this recipe as stated and it turned out bland with barley that needed to be cooked longer. This is a recipe I would not make again.
promogal Posted: 12/10/10
It's just OK - I threw the recipe away. It's super filling and a side-dish only, not a main meal as you get sick of the taste. Used pepper to spice it up. Also, unless you have 8 people to feed cut the recipe in 1/2; leftovers are a good thing but this made way too much & just a 1/2 bowl fills you up.
curleypack Posted: 12/09/10
Great meatless Monday dish. The barley was even better than arborio rice as risotto. Makes a lot. I might cut the recipe in half next time or freeze the other half.
JulzChicago Posted: 03/09/11
Meh. The barley was a bit bland and it didn't get really creamy which is to be expected because there's not as much starch as rice. Like everyone else said, this makes a TON and sadly my favorite part of this was probably the parsley and the cheese stirred in at the end. Just bland and dry and I think there are better light risotto recipes out there.
Annsley423 Posted: 05/30/11
Definitely switched around this recipe a bit but the results were delicious! Instead of brandy I used a dry white wine (Sauvignon Blanc) at the beginning as it is more traditional for a risotto. I also cooked this as you would risotto by adding 3/4 cup of liquid (broth mixed with water), stirring until evaporated, then adding another 3/4 cup, and so on until you are out of liquid. This was more labor intensive but worth every second as the result is a creamy, delicious risotto. I also cooked some turkey sausage with the mushrooms so this would be a main dish instead of a side. Both me and my boyfriend loved it. He said from now on to make risotto with barley instead of arborio rice and usually he never opts for the healthier options! Would definitely make this again.
Jackiyoung888 Posted: 02/14/13
I made this for my family last night for dinner and served it in smaller portions as a side for london broil. The texture and taste were PERFECT. I might add more mushrooms next time, because I'm a big mushroom lover, but otherwise everything was perfectly balanced and delicious. I will definitely be making this again...probably a lot.