Better with Bacon – Bacon Barley Risotto

Another savory dish from our friends up north!  This would make a great side dish for, say, a 14 oz. bacon wrapped filet?!?

Man, I just made my stomach rumble…

Check it out after the jump…

Bacon Barley Risotto

Ingredients:

4 or 5 cups of chicken broth
4 slices bacon, thinly chopped
2 x onions, peeled and chopped
6 cloves garlic, chopped
1 cup barley, pearl or pot
Salt and pepper
1 bunch chives or parsley, chopped

 Directions:

In one pot heat the broth to a gentle simmer.
In another pot fry the bacon over medium-high heat, until crisp and golden brown.
Add the onions and garlic and sauté until soft and golden.
Add the barley and stir for a few moments until well coated with bacon fat and heated through.
Add 1 cup or so of the hot chicken broth and stir until it is fully absorbed. Continue to add broth, 1 ladle-full at a time, letting it absorb fully before adding the next ladle. Continue simmering until the barley is tender.
Season to taste with salt and pepper.
Stir in a handful of your favourite herbs.

Yield: 2 main courses, or 4 sides.

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Originally posted 2010-02-15 17:53:39.

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Originally posted 2013-12-10 01:23:13. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

2753. OXTAIL and BARLEY SOUP with BACON

serves 4-6

3 tablespoons olive oil
3 slice bacon, chopped
4 lbs. oxtails, cut into 3-inch segments
2 carrots, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, chopped
1 can (14 oz.) diced tomatoes, with juice
4 cups beef stock
1 cup dry white wine
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon dried marjoram
1/2 teaspoon five-spice powder (optional)
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 cups water
1 cup pearl barley
1/4 cup minced fresh flat-leaf (Italian) parsley
croutons (recommended: garlic croutons)

In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add bacon and saute until browned and crispy, about 5 minutes. Remove with a slotted spoon to a plate lined with paper towels. Set aside. Increase heat to medium-high and add half the oxtails, cut ends down, to the pot; let cook, undisturbed, until browned, about 8 minutes. Turn to brown the other end, then brown the sides. Remove with a slotted spoon to a warm plate. Repeat with remaining oxtails. Reduce heat to medium and add carrots, celery and onion to the pot; saute until softened, 3 to 4 minutes. Return the oxtails and any accumulated juices to the pot and add garlic, tomatoes with juice, stock, wine, salt, marjoram, five-spice powder (if using) and pepper; bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat to low and simmer gently until meat is falling off the bones, about 2 hours. Meanwhile, in a saucepan, bring water to a boil over medium heat. Add barley and a pinch of salt; cover, reduce heat to low and simmer until tender, about 20 minutes. Remove oxtails from the pot with a slotted spoon and let cool slightly, then pick the meat from the bones. Discard bones. Skim the fat from the surface of the soup with a large spoon. Return meat to the pot and add reserved bacon; reheat, if necessary. Taste and adjust seasoning with salt and pepper, if necessary. Divide barley among heated bowls and top with soup. Garnish with parsley and croutons.

bacon recipe courtesy of: 300 Sensational Soups by Carla Snyder and Meredith Deeds, 2008, pp. 166-167

Originally posted 2012-11-21 14:10:00. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

3043. BACON, TOMATO and FARRO SALAD

makes six servings

1 cup farro, or quick-cooking barley
2 slices center-cut bacon
1 medium shallot, chopped
2 tablespoons white-wine vinegar
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
1 pint cherry tomatoes, quartered
1/4 cup chopped fresh basil

Place farro (or barley) in a medium saucepan; add enough water to cover by 2 inches. Bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat and simmer until tender, 15 to 20 minutes for farro (about 10 minutes for barley). Drain and transfer to a large bowl.

Meanwhile, cook bacon in a nonstick skillet over medium heat until crisp. Drain on a paper towel-lined plate; leave the fat in the pan. Add shallot to the pan and cook, stirring, for 1 minute. Stir in vinegar, salt and pepper. Remove from heat.

Crumble or chop the bacon. Add to the bowl along with tomatoes, basil and the warm vinaigrette; gently stir to combine. Serve warm or at room temperature.

bacon recipe courtesy of: EatingWell, May/June 2013?