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Better with Bacon – Bacon Barley Risotto

Another savory dish from our friends up north!  This would make a great side dish for, say, a 14 oz. bacon wrapped filet?!?

Man, I just made my stomach rumble…

Check it out after the jump…

Bacon Barley Risotto


  • 4 or 5 cups of chicken broth
  • 4 slices bacon, thinly chopped
  • 2 x onions, peeled and chopped
  • 6 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 cup barley, pearl or pot
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1 bunch chives or parsley, chopped


  1. In one pot heat the broth to a gentle simmer.
  2. In another pot fry the bacon over medium-high heat, until crisp and golden brown.
  3. Add the onions and garlic and sauté until soft and golden.
  4. Add the barley and stir for a few moments until well coated with bacon fat and heated through.
  5. Add 1 cup or so of the hot chicken broth and stir until it is fully absorbed. Continue to add broth, 1 ladle-full at a time, letting it absorb fully before adding the next ladle. Continue simmering until the barley is tender.
  6. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  7. Stir in a handful of your favourite herbs.

Yield: 2 main courses, or 4 sides.

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