By: EatingWell User
Ingredients awesome, cooking instructions, not so much.
The flavors in this dish are spot on. It is sweet, acidic, salty. Perfect. However, the directions are very flawed. It doesn't say to cover while it cooks. Barley is a grain. When was the last time you cooked a grain without covering it? (Rice, quinoa, amaranth...) And by the time the barley was cooked, my squash was mush. It was not all pretty like the picture. My suggestion: Cook the onion, garlic in oil, add the barley, broth, cover and cook for 20/25 minutes. Then add the squash and recover to finish cooking till barely and squash are soft, 10/15 more? Again, the flavors were perfect, this is just not the correct way to cook a grain. I will definitely make it again. I like having a barley recipe that isn't soup!
Pros: Wonderful flavor
Cons: Poor directions