Barley isn't the most sexy grain, but who wants a sexy grain anyway? In the height of winter especially, we want a grain that will warm us like a very unsexy snuggy and nourish us like an even unsexier cup of Jewish penicillin. Barley is wholesome, and we like it that way.
Barley is also incredibly versatile. Beer isn't the only thing this grain has going for it. It holds up well in soups and adds a nice texture and heartiness to salads. Barley also makes a perfect substitute for rice or risottos in most dishes, offering a pleasant nutty flavor. Did we mention it's also incredibly healthy, too? It's even been called a superfood. This is a grain you could take home to meet the parents.
Here are 19 recipes that will convince you to give barley a chance this winter, and then some.