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Barley Risotto with Fennel

January/February 2008

Your rating: None Average: 3.2 (126 votes)

This convenient alternative to traditional stovetop risotto uses healthy, fiber-rich whole grains—either barley or brown rice—seasoned with Parmesan cheese, lemon zest and oil-cured olives. The gentle, uniform heat of a slow cooker allows you to cook a creamy risotto without the usual frequent stirring.



READER'S COMMENT:
"I have cooked this twice. I have learned that it takes at least 6 hours in a slow cooker (on high or low). The second time I eliminated the cup of water and also withheld one cup of broth. I added it in as needed. I skipped the fennel...
Barley Risotto with Fennel

16 Reviews for Barley Risotto with Fennel

09/23/2009
Anonymous

Have to agree: took 4.5 hours in the slow cooker before it was done. End result: strange-flavored glop. Not worth the effort.

Subscriber, Atlanta, GA

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tmullen wrote 5 years 2 weeks ago

Why give it 4 stars then?

09/23/2009
Anonymous

Mine came out fine after 4 hours on high, just the right consistency. However, BEWARE if you are not a huge fennel fan - this dish is overpowered by the fennel flavor. I could barely eat it, and my husband, who really likes the flavor of liquorice (which is what fennel and fennel seed taste like) couldn't finish his whole serving. Maybe omitting the fennel seed would bring it down a notch or two, but I probably won't make it again. I did like the idea of using barley for a risotto, though, so I might use this as a base with other vegetables.

AR, Hamden, CT

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09/23/2009
Anonymous

I made this and it was liquidy soup after 4 hours on high in the slow cooker. It also tasted awful. I threw out the leftovers.

Amy Spiegel, Santa Monica, CA

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09/23/2009
Anonymous

I agree slow-cooking for 4 hours on low does not work for this recipe. However, on high works great! You can also cook it on the stove by simmering for 45 minutes. My family loved it! Add a piece of grilled fish on top, and it is a wonderful meal!

Brooke, New York, NY

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09/23/2009
Anonymous

This worked GREAT for us! We did have to do it on high for about 4 hours, but the barely puffed up and it was wonderfully chewy. We added whatever veggies we had along with beans...peas and corn, and even the kids loved it. A definite keeper.

Slow Cooker Fan

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