Mushroom And Barley Kuba Czech

Prep Time
Cook Time
1d 1h
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Recipe: #35731

September 19, 2020

"A relative of risotto, houbový (houby meaning mushrooms) is traditional in Czech households, particularly at Christmas and in southern Bohemia. Christmas Eve was traditionally a fast day, when only meatless dishes were eaten. That is why kuba can be served without breaking the rule of fast and abstinence and without conjuring up the little gold pig"

Original is 4 servings


  • Serving Size: 1 (797 g)
  • Calories 373.4
  • Total Fat - 13.7 g
  • Saturated Fat - 6 g
  • Cholesterol - 75.9 mg
  • Sodium - 1769.7 mg
  • Total Carbohydrate - 53.9 g
  • Dietary Fiber - 7.5 g
  • Sugars - 14.4 g
  • Protein - 12.3 g
  • Calcium - 565 mg
  • Iron - 29.1 mg
  • Vitamin C - 17.7 mg
  • Thiamin - 1.7 mg

Step by Step Method

Step 1

Soak the dried mushrooms in water for at least 2 hours, but preferably overnight;

Step 2

Drain and squeeze lightly to remove excess water.

Step 3

Place the pearl barley in a bowl and cover with water.

Step 4

Let soak overnight.

Step 5

The next day

Step 6

Drain the mushrooms, reserving the soaking liquid (it will be used to color the barley).

Step 7

Drain the barley and rinse in fresh water. Drain or pat dry to remove the excess moisture.

Step 8

Sauté the pearl barley in half the butter in a Dutch oven or large pot for a few minutes, until pearly.

Step 9

Add the mushroom soaking liquid.

Step 10

Once the liquid has been absorbed, add vegetable stock.

Step 11

Stir, reduce the heat and let simmer for 40 minutes until the barley is tender.

Step 12

May need to add more water

Step 13

Stir occasionally and add more broth if needed.

Step 14

Meanwhile, sauté the finely chopped onions in the remaining butter.

Step 15

Briefly sauté the coarsely chopped dry mushrooms and sliced mushrooms

Step 16

Add the crushed garlic, salt, cumin, marjoram and freshly ground pepper.

Step 17

Grease the baking dish with butter and in it combine the barley with the remaining ingredients.

Step 18

Smooth out and bake in a preheated 350° F oven for about 25 minutes, or until golden.


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