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Paprika Spiced Beef, Pepper and Mushroom Barley Pilaf Recipe (With Vegan Option)

by Spicie Foodie on June 16, 2013

Paprika Spiced Beef, Pepper and Mushroom Barley Pilaf Recipe by Spicie Foodie |  #dinner #beef #mushrooms #pepper #paprika #barley

Happy Sunday and a very Happy Father’s Day to all you wonderful dad’s around the world. Today I will be sharing a one pot dish that is comfort food in my home. Now just because it’s comfort food it doesn’t mean it has to be fatty and unhealthy, this dish is light and all the fresh ingredients make it quite healthy. The main component is pearled barley, have you ever eaten it or cooked it? I absolutely love barley! Its firm, fluffy, soft, absorbs flavours wonderfully, and cooks fast too.

Paprika Spiced Beef, Pepper and Mushroom Barley Pilaf Recipe by Spicie Foodie |  #dinner #beef #mushrooms #pepper #paprika #barley

Over the past few years I went from never having eaten barley to eating it at least once a week, nowadays it’s less often than that but I still enjoy it very much. Plus I love that where I live I can purchase an organic 500 gm bag for under 2 USD — that’s a super bargain. I’m sure this is a grain that is inexpensive every where so you too should enjoy the bargain. You can purchase some here.Paprika Spiced Beef, Pepper and Mushroom Barley Pilaf Recipe by Spicie Foodie |  #dinner #beef #mushrooms #pepper #paprika #barley

This recipe is one that I shared way back when I first started this blog. But at the time I had like two readers and feel that this scrumptious and easy recipe did not receive the attention it so deserved, and so I’m sharing it with you again with a few new variations. Here’s how you prepare this yummy meal!

Paprika Spiced Beef, Pepper and Mushroom Barley Pilaf Recipe by Spicie Foodie |  #dinner #beef #mushrooms #pepper #paprika #barley

5.0 from 3 reviews

Paprika Spiced Beef, Pepper and Mushroom Barley Pilaf Recipe (With Vegan Option)
 
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An easy and fast one-pot dish that is comfort food in the Spicie Foodie home. The taste of paprika permeates the steak, peppers, mushrooms and barley deliciously!
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Recipe type: Dinner, Lunch
Cuisine: International, Fusion, European
Serves: 2-4
Ingredients
  • 1 cup or 200g uncooked pearl barley
  • ¾ lb or 340g lean steak or beef cut of choice
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • ½ cup or 115g button mushrooms (either fresh or canned, if canned rinsed)
  • 1 small yellow bell pepper, sliced lengthwise
  • 1 small red bell pepper, sliced lengthwise
  • 2 cups or 500 ml low salt & no MSG beef broth, more if needed
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp each of salt and black pepper, adjust to taste
  • 1.5 tbsp sweet or smoked paprika, more if desired
  • 1 or 2 dried red chiles, optional
Instructions
  1. Pick through and rinse the barley. Place in a bowl and cover with water, set aside.
  2. Heat the olive oil in a large non-stick pot or pan. Saute the onions until soft then add steak and cook through. Add the mushrooms and cook for 3 minutes then add the garlic and bell pepper slices, cook a further 3 minutes. Add all of the spices and mix well. Drain the barley and add to the pan then pour in the beef broth. Cover and simmer until barley has fluffed up and softened. Make sure to stir now and then. If the liquid has been absorbed and the barley is still hard mix in a little bit more broth.
  3. Serve with your favorite green vegetable on the side for a complete meal.
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**FOR VEGAN OPTION: Swap the beef broth for vegetable and beef for more mushrooms, or can also omit.

 

Paprika Spiced Beef, Pepper and Mushroom Barley Pilaf Recipe by Spicie Foodie |  #dinner #beef #mushrooms #pepper #paprika #barley

The results are a wonderful taste of paprika that permeates the steak, peppers, mushrooms and barley deliciously! The ingredients and process is so simple but the smells and flavours are so enticing, you might want to double the recipe.

Parting shot.

Paprika Spiced Beef, Pepper and Mushroom Barley Pilaf Recipe by Spicie Foodie |  #dinner #beef #mushrooms #pepper #paprika #barley

I love pears, don’t you? They make a great in-between meals snack or even dessert.

Have a great Sunday everyone!

 

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{ 38 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Rosa June 16, 2013 at 11:36 AM

Deliciously healthy! A wonderful pilaf.

Cheers,

Rosa

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2 Spicie Foodie June 16, 2013 at 12:52 PM

Thank you Rosa!

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3 Monique June 16, 2013 at 2:43 PM

I make a mushroom barley bake..and we really enjoy it..I will try this..looks mium mium:)

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4 Spicie Foodie June 16, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Yum, never baked it but now I must and soon. Thanks Monique:)

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5 Victoria of Flavors of the Sun June 16, 2013 at 3:10 PM

I love the flavor of basic paprika–and living where you do, you must have access to many great variations coming from all sorts of chiles. I also like that you gave a vegetarian option here. My husband loves the flavor of all paprikash/stroganoff and other dishes heavy with paprika, but he is a vegetarian who would love the pure mushroom version of this dish.

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6 Spicie Foodie June 16, 2013 at 5:53 PM

Me too and also the color is gorgeous. Yes, I’m spoiled with all the varieties. That’s great that your hubby is also a fan. I hope you get to try both versions of the recipe sometime.:)

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7 Ramona June 16, 2013 at 6:08 PM

I just want to dig my fork right into it… it looks so yummy and comforting. I have never worked with pearl barley… now another ingredient I must put on my list to learn to cook. :) Hope you are having a great weekend.

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8 Spicie Foodie June 17, 2013 at 4:21 PM

You should try it sometime Ramona, it’s a great ingredient. Thanks!

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9 mjskit June 16, 2013 at 7:20 PM

I’m so glad you redid this recipe! I always think about doing a deep dive into my favorite foodies’ recipe indexes but never get around to it. Barley is such a underrated ingredient. Its flavor and texture is wonderful and I don’t use it near enough! Your recipe is fabulous with all of the vegetables but it’s the seasoning that makes it comfort food in my book. Love the heavy on the smoked paprika and red chile optional? Never! :) Thanks for sharing this!

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10 Spicie Foodie June 17, 2013 at 4:23 PM

I agree and many people have never cooked it or tasted it in anything but soup, pity. Haha, I know but some people don’t like spicy so had to give them the option.;) Thanks MJ!

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11 john@kitchenriffs June 16, 2013 at 7:45 PM

Great dish! I do use barley, but not nearly as often as I should. It’s got great flavor, and this pilaf looks wonderful! Love the touch of purple in the photos. Good post – thanks.

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12 Spicie Foodie June 17, 2013 at 4:23 PM

That’s great that you have used it so you know how great barley is. Thanks John!

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13 Laura (Tutti Dolci) June 16, 2013 at 9:57 PM

I love these flavors!

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14 Spicie Foodie June 17, 2013 at 4:24 PM

Thank you Laura!

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15 yummychunklet June 17, 2013 at 1:34 AM

Ooh, how delicious looking!

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16 Spicie Foodie June 17, 2013 at 4:25 PM

Thanks!:)

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17 Joanne T Ferguson June 17, 2013 at 3:45 AM

Your dish and recipe looks SO warm and welcoming, TRUE!
Funny, I JUST purchased pearl barley and was looking for a recipe in which to do! Found it! :)
Cheers! Joanne

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18 Spicie Foodie June 17, 2013 at 4:25 PM

What a coincidence! Enjoy your barley and the recipe:)

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19 Eha June 17, 2013 at 6:06 AM

I read this and suddenly felt I was back, if not the northern part of my birth, certainly ‘Mittel-Europa’!! What wonderful fun both with the paprika and the barley! Unctious soulfood :) ! With our days and nights getting uncomfortably cold it is lovely to begin cooking these dishes again :) ! Coming from up north, I so clearly remember meeting my second-husband-to-be [Hungarian], a food critic, good cook and food author and seeing about 1/2 dozen different 30-40 cms high differing paprika containers on his kitchen shelf! QUITE a learning curve!! The marriage may not have lasted, the recipes sure did! Thanks for the memory and the suggestions . . .!

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20 Spicie Foodie June 17, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Wow, I would have gone crazy for all that paprika! Thanks Eha and stay warm:)

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21 easyfoodsmith June 17, 2013 at 9:01 AM

Absolutely love barley and the mushroom combo sounds wonderful.

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22 Spicie Foodie June 17, 2013 at 4:27 PM

Thanks Taruna!:)

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23 Sandra June 17, 2013 at 11:29 PM

I haven’t had barley in years. Then it was soup in an infamous red and white can ( wink wink!!)

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24 Spicie Foodie June 18, 2013 at 12:42 AM

Haha, I know what you mean. Too bad, maybe it’s time to give it another try. Thanks Sandra:)

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25 Evelyne@cheapethniceatz June 18, 2013 at 2:54 AM

I am also a big fan of barley, this dish looks so flavorful and delicious. Love the yellow ribbon on the fork. Yes you would LOVE the Raw Essence cookbook for sure.

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26 Spicie Foodie June 18, 2013 at 7:05 PM

Thanks Evelyne! I checked it out but they didn’t have a Kindle version.:(

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27 Yelena June 18, 2013 at 4:50 AM

Delicious looking barley dish Nancy! Very healthy. I love my barley plain with a teaspoon of butter or mushroom soup with barley from my childhood-)

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28 Spicie Foodie June 18, 2013 at 7:05 PM

That sounds delicious Yelena, thanks!

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29 Nami | Just One Cookbook June 18, 2013 at 8:20 AM

My grandma loves using barley in cooking while I don’t know how to cook it well. This looks delicious, Nancy! I love how you used the colors… beautiful.

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30 Spicie Foodie June 18, 2013 at 7:05 PM

You should have her teach you some recipes Nami. Thanks:)

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31 Jean (Lemons & Anchovies) June 18, 2013 at 5:04 PM

I love the deep colors of this one-bowl meal. Barley is so versatile and I always have it in the cupboard but I admit to not reaching for it (instead of rice) as often as I should. Thanks for the reminder what a gem it is and also for a great recipe!

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32 Spicie Foodie June 18, 2013 at 7:09 PM

That’s great that you have it in your cupboard, once you start getting into the habit you won’t reach for the rice as often. Thanks Jean:)

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33 Ash- foodfashionparty June 18, 2013 at 5:44 PM

If someone could cook healthy for me 3 times a day, I would take it. Barley is so healthy, we used to have barley milk growing up. Your barley Pilav looks colorful and tasty.

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34 Spicie Foodie June 18, 2013 at 7:10 PM

I’ve never heard of barley milk, sounds interesting. Thank you Ash:)

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35 Liz June 19, 2013 at 1:12 AM

I’m so glad you brought back this wonderful mushroom barley pilaf! What a fantastic side dish. I tend to use barley just in soup…and you’ve inspired me to use my stash in a new way.

PS…such a gorgeous photo of the pear.

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36 Spicie Foodie June 19, 2013 at 4:30 PM

Thanks Lizzy! I hope you do cook some barley soon.:)

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37 Marta @ What Should I eat for breakfast today June 19, 2013 at 2:29 PM

I ma glad that you’ve decided to share this recipe again with us. Good recipes are worth it :)

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38 Spicie Foodie June 19, 2013 at 4:37 PM

Thank you Marta, I’m glad too:)

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