Lemon Barley Pilaf

Well, I guess they can’t all be winners.  I had some problems with this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe, Lemon Barley Pilaf.

The idea of this recipe sounded good to me.  It’s basically a rice pilaf made with barley.  It is cooked with chopped carrot and red bell pepper, and finished with green onions and lemon zest.

The first problem came when I was ready to finish.  The barley and vegetables had cooked and rested.  It was time to stir in the green onions and lemon zest, but there was still a lot of liquid in the pan.  The barley may or may not have been cooked enough (it was close, either way).  After stirring in the final ingredients I decided to boil off some of the liquid.  It helped a bit.

The next problem came when I served this to my family.  My husband thought it was bland and didn’t care for it much.  My daughter took a tiny taste and didn’t touch it again.  I actually liked the flavors, but felt the cooking method needed some tweaking.  However, since my family didn’t like it I won’t bother trying this again.  Too bad, because like I said, I liked the idea of this recipe.

I am curious to see how the other Doristas fared with this one.  Did I make a mistake, or are there real problems with this recipe?

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9 responses to “Lemon Barley Pilaf

  1. Apparently many found this bland, especially husbands and kids!

  2. I had to boil off a lot of the liquid, as well. Wish it would’ve been a hit for you! It looks wonderful. 🙂

  3. nana

    I agree, it needed something to spice it up. I used my leftovers in chicken broth, added cooked chicken and a smidge of hot sauce. Viola, great
    soup. Have a great weekend.

  4. Nope, I don’t think you did anything wrong. I had too much liquid left over as well and had to drain it off before making this into a salad. As a salad it was great though.

  5. Such a wonderful looking meal! Your pilaf looks delicious! Happy weekend!

  6. You might really like the way I prepared this dish. No one in my family complained about flavor, it was texture we had issues with.

  7. The chicken and spinach look like the perfect accompaniments!

  8. Mine also had a lot of liquid left – I just used a slotted spoon for serving but I probably won’t make it again either – not a huge hit with the husband. Your meal looks delicious though!

  9. I see what you mean (from your plate) about extra liquid. Although I like the idea of the liquid flowing into the spinach Your stuffed chicken looks fabulous, by the way. I had the opposite problem – had to cook the barley much longer than specified in the recipe. I went cold with this – it’s too hot here to think about pilaf – and like Dorie’s Bonne Idea a lot. I think you put a pretty fantastic meal on the table.

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