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Barley Risotto

Barley Cauliflower Almond “Risotto”

Prep time: 10 minutes • Total time: 45 minutes • Makes 4 servings


  • 1 head cauliflower
  • 3-3 ½ cups chicken stock
  • 1 Tbsp butter
  • 1 leek, dark green removed, thinly sliced
  • ⅔ cup pearl barley
  • ¼ cup dry white wine
  • 1 ½ tsp salt
  • 2 sprigs fresh rosemary
  • ¼ cup sliced raw almonds


  1. Remove the stem of cauliflower and cut into small florets. Place florets into a food processor and pulse until cauliflower resembles small couscous like grain. Set aside.
  2. Heat chicken stock over medium in a small saucepan on back burner. Reduce heat to low and continue to simmer.
  3. Heat butter in a large frying pan over medium heat. Add in leeks and cook until they are tender and fragrant. Stir in barley and add in white wine and salt. Increase heat to high and continue to stir until barley has absorbed all liquid in the pan.
  4. Reduce heat to medium. Pour in ½ cup of simmering chicken stock and stir until liquid has been absorbed about 5 minutes. Add in another ½ cup of stock and repeat.
  5. Stir in cauliflower bits, almond meal and 1 cup of stock. Stir continuously until mixture is creamy and thick, about 10 minutes. Add ¼ cup of stalk at a time, until barley is cooked through and the mixture is a thick porridge-like consistency.
  6. Garnish with fresh rosemary and sliced almonds.