Snacks and sides

Miso-glazed mushrooms with walnuts and black barley

Inspired by pilaf recipes, where the grains are cooked in stock, this recipe combines fluffy barley with Swiss brown mushrooms enriched with Japanese flavours. It's a cultural mash-up of the best kind.
Miso-glazed mushrooms with walnuts and black barleyAlicia Taylor

Grains are wonderful cooked pilaf-style – they’ll plump up and take in other flavours really easily. Don’t forget the walnuts here to add some crunch.



1.Heat oil and half the butter in a saucepan over high heat, add onion and garlic and stir occasionally until tender (5-6 minutes). Add stock and barley, season to taste and bring to the boil, then reduce heat to low, cover with a lid and cook until liquid is absorbed and barley is tender (20-25 minutes). Keep warm.
2.Combine miso, soy and sake in a bowl and set aside. Heat remaining butter in a saucepan over high heat, add mushrooms and stir occasionally until softened (1-2 minutes), then add miso mixture and stir until mushrooms are glazed (1-2 minutes). Stir through vinegar, season with black pepper and remove from heat.
3.Stir half the mushrooms through the barley and transfer to bowls. Top with remaining mushrooms, crumble over walnuts and top with shiso leaves to serve.

Black barley is available from select delicatessens. If you can’t find it, substitute pearl barley.

Drink suggestion: Mature full-bodied shiraz from your cellar. Drink suggestion by Max Allen.


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