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Barley Pilaf with Bacon

 Barley Pilaf with Bacon
“This is a tried-and-true recipe from my days working in an oat-and-barley flour mill,” says Lili Hill of Athens, Georgia. Chicken broth, onions and bacon lend wonderful flavor to the fiber-rich grain.
6 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Bake: 65 min.


  • 2 bacon strips, diced
  • 1 cup uncooked pearl barley
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 3 cups reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  • Preheat oven to 350°. In a small nonstick skillet, cook bacon
  • over medium heat until crisp. Using a slotted spoon, remove to paper
  • towels to drain. Cool, then refrigerate.
  • Drain skillet, reserving 2 teaspoons drippings. In drippings, saute
  • barley, onion and mushrooms until barley is lightly browned and
  • vegetables are tender.
  • Transfer to a 1-1/2-qt. baking dish coated with cooking spray. Stir
  • in broth and pepper. Cover and bake 1 hour.
  • Stir in bacon; bake 5-10 minutes or until barley is tender and liquid
  • is absorbed. Yield: 6 servings.
Nutritional Facts: 2/3 cup equals 157 calories, 3 g fat (1 g saturated fat), 3 mg cholesterol, 356 mg sodium, 28 g carbohydrate, 6 g fiber, 6 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1/2 fat.