This is a lovely recipe with a 'down home' appeal for those of us who like barley. I serve it with English muffins.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Soak the barley in warm water for 3 hours, then drain and set aside.

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  • Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

  • Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat and stir in the ground beef and onion. Cook and stir until the beef is crumbly, evenly browned, and no longer pink, about 10 minutes. Drain and discard any excess grease, then stir in the carrots, soy sauce, molasses, drained barley, and 1 1/2 cups of water. Stir until the molasses has dissolved and the mixture has begun to simmer. Season to taste with salt and pepper, then pour into a lidded 2 quart casserole.

  • Bake, covered, in the preheated oven until the barley is tender and has absorbed the water, about 1 hour.

Nutrition Facts

370.4 calories; 24 g protein; 36.1 g carbohydrates; 71 mg cholesterol; 548.5 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

Reviews (13)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
12/01/2008
This is a recipe with potential. For my batch I used chunks of beef rather than ground beef; I added a celery stalk cut in small pieces; some rosemary, marjoram and thyme; about 1/4 cup of cooking wine and a bay leave. It turned out to be a very fragrant dish and quite tasty! Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
11/29/2008
this recipe was bland and tasteless unattractive looking and has been removed from my recipes. Read More
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17 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 4
  • 4 star values: 9
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 4 stars
12/01/2008
This is a recipe with potential. For my batch I used chunks of beef rather than ground beef; I added a celery stalk cut in small pieces; some rosemary, marjoram and thyme; about 1/4 cup of cooking wine and a bay leave. It turned out to be a very fragrant dish and quite tasty! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/01/2008
This is a recipe with potential. For my batch I used chunks of beef rather than ground beef; I added a celery stalk cut in small pieces; some rosemary, marjoram and thyme; about 1/4 cup of cooking wine and a bay leave. It turned out to be a very fragrant dish and quite tasty! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
05/12/2009
Love this recipe with a few modifications. I added about 1 1/2 teaspoons of chopped fresh garlic and some chopped mushrooms. Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
11/29/2008
this recipe was bland and tasteless unattractive looking and has been removed from my recipes. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
01/03/2011
Tried this recipe this evening, was good. One other poster mentioned it was a bit bland and I have to agree. Going to try it again tho, and add some tomato chunks, turnip, and bump up the amount of soy sauce and molasses. Read More
(5)
Rating: 4 stars
07/08/2014
Good basic recipe. Definitely one you want to change up! I used 1 full cup of barley 1 (14 oz) can of chicken stock and seasoned my meat while cooking it. I also added some chopped cherry tomatoes. Next time I will add a lot more veggies! Chard or kale would be great and I would definitely up the carrots to at least 2 c. (maybe even a full pound) to make it a more complete one pot meal. Serves more than just 4. I also suggest cooking everything in a dutch oven on the stove top so you can just slide it into the oven without dirtying another dish. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
09/30/2013
Really really good! I added 3 stalks of celery sliced some garlic salt and upped the Soy Sauce and Molasses to 3 TBSP each. Very easy and very good. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/26/2011
I modified the recipe a bit to suit my family's tastes but highly approve. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/24/2014
Based on other users suggestions I added 1 cup more of carrots upped the soy sauce and molasses to 3 T each and used beef broth instead of water. At first I thought it was too sweet but then it grew on me. This recipe has great potential it just needs a little tweaking. Upping the carrots was a good call. Next time I'd go back to 2 T molasses and maybe use worcestire instead of soy sauce Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/21/2016
I made several changes to this recipe after reading through previous reviews. First I used 1 cup of barley. I used one very large clove of garlic (the equivalent of 1 or 2 smaller cloves) and sautéed it with the onions for a couple minutes in about 1 Tbsp butter before browning the ground beef. I used 2 cups of sliced carrots and chopped up 2 stalks of celery as well. I used pure maple syrup in place of the molasses (because it's what I had on hand) and then used Campbell's beef consommé in place of the water. It was absolutely delicious and I have already added it to my recipe binder!! Read More
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