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Barley Risotto with Grapefruit and Arugula

Posted By Chris On December 28, 2008 @ 8:40 pm In Main Dishes,Super Natural Cooking,Vegetarian | 4 Comments

We’re trying to eat lighter meals now that we’re back from vacation, and this one from Super Natural Cooking seemed to be on the lighter side, yet filling. Rather than arborio rice, this risotto uses pearl barley, and get its citrusy flavor from lemon zest and grapefruit.

Barley Risotto with Grapefruit and Arugula
1 1/2 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
1 yellow onion, chopped
2 shallots, chopped
3 cloves garlic, chopped
1 tsp fine-grain sea salt
2 cups pearl barley
1 cup dry white wine
6 cups water
1 grapefruit
Grated zest of 1 lemon
1/2 cup light sour cream
2 big handfuls arugula, coarsely chopped
Handful of chopped toasted walnuts, to garnish

Heat the oil in a large dutch oven over medium heat, then add the onion, shallots, garlic, and salt and saute, stirring constantly, for about 4 minutes, or until the onion begins to soften.
Add the barley and stir until totally coated. Add the white wine and simmer 3 or 4 minutes, until the barley has absorbed the liquid a bit. Adjust the heat to maintain a simmer.
In stages, add about 6 cups of water, 1 cup at a time, letting the barley absorb most of the liquid between additions; this should take around 40 minutes altogether. Stir regularly so the grains on the bottom of the pan don’t scorch, and continue until the barley is cooked through and tender-chewy.
Meanwhile, grate the zest of the grapefruit, then peel and cut the grapefruit into segments. Cut the segments in half, reserving any juice that leaks out. When the barley is tender, stir in the zest, segments and juice, Parmesan, and sour cream. Taste and adjust the seasoning, then stir in the arugula. Garnish with the toasted walnuts before serving.

4-6 Servings

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