Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Barley with Sweet Potato and Andouille Sausage

I am loving this new cookbook One Pan, Two Plates: More Than 70 Complete Weeknight Meals. This meal is a fantastic weeknight fall meal. Start to finish it takes about 45 minutes, but much of it can cook while you check your email or empty the dishwasher. I amended some of the recipe based on what I had in the house. 

What you need: 

2 cups of chicken broth
2 tablespoons of olive oil
2 green onions
1 large sweet potato, peeled, cut into 1/4 inch dice
1 cup of pearled barley (also called 10 minute barley)
1 cup of diced andouille sausage
3/4 cup of white wine
1/2 cup of Parmesan 
2 tablespoons of fresh basil
1/4 cup of frozen peas
zest of 1 lemon
2 tablespoons of butter
1/2 cup of half and half 
pepper to taste

What you do: 

  1. Pour the vegetable broth into a glass measuring cup and microwave on high for 3 minutes. 
  2. Heat the 12 inch cast iron skillet over medium-high heat and add the olive oil. 
  3. Cook the white parts of the green onion, sweet potato, barley, sausage, and 1/4 teaspoon of salt. 
  4. Toast the barley and render the sausage.
  5. Add the wine and scrape the bits of flavor from the bottom of the pan. 
  6. Add the hot stock and cook for about 10 minutes. Taste and check doneness, the barley should be al dente. 
  7. Add the cheese, basil, peas, lemon zest, butter and half and half. 
  8. Taste and adjust seasoning garnish with
    green onions and cheese shavings. 
As always many blessings, much love and happy cooking. 

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