Pear and Walnut Pearl Barley

Pearl barley is a great option for a hearty and flavor packed side for your entree.  It has definitely become a key grain of mine when creating recipes.  This dish has great texture ~ crunchy walnuts and warm soft pears (yum) in a bed of barley.  Each bite is full of flavor; a nice change from rice for a side dish.


"The healthy pearl barley is enhanced by the
crunchy walnuts, warm pear and seasonings!"

INGREDIENTS:
1 cup pearl barley
2 1/4 cups chicken stock
2 teaspoons olive oil
1/3 cup walnuts, chopped
3 garlic cloves, crushed and chopped
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, chopped
1 tablespoon fresh basil, chopped
1/2 tablespoon fresh rosemary, chopped
1 1/2 cup fresh pear, cored and chopped into 1/2" pieces
Salt and pepper to taste

PREPARATION:
1.     In a saucepan, bring chicken stock to a boil.  Add pearl barley, cover, reduce heat and simmer for 45 minutes.

2.     When pearl barley has 10 minutes left to cook, begin the next step.

3.     In a skillet sauté walnuts in olive oil for 3 minutes.

4.     Add garlic and sauté for a minute longer.

5.     Sprinkle parsley, basil, and rosemary over the mixture.  Add pears and give a quick stir.  Remove from heat.

6.     Add nut mixture to the pearl barley and toss with a fork to combine ingredients.

7.     Serve and enjoy!

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