One-Pot Wonders

Black-Eyed Pea and Barley Risotto

July 29, 2012
Author Notes

This "risotto" recipe is the result of correcting some crazy-hot black-eyed peas one New Year's Day. My friend John liked it so much that we brought some to our favorite pizzeria to share with the owner. —Sadassa_Ulna

  • Serves a lot
Ingredients
  • 3-1/2 cups cooked (or canned) black-eyed peas
  • 1/4 pound thick-sliced bacon, chopped
  • 1/2 big yellow onion, diced
  • 2 cups chicken stock
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 1/2 cup beer
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried orange peel
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried ground chipolte
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt or to taste
  • 1/2 cup pearl barley - NOT quick-cooking type
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
In This Recipe
Directions
  1. Saute bacon and onion in oil in a large deep skillet until onion is soft.
  2. Add everything except the peas and barley; bring to a boil and add peas and barley.
  3. Reduce heat to simmer and continue cooking until barley is cooked through, stirring occasionally. Cooking time should be about 45 minutes or so.

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Sadassa_Ulna

Recipe by: Sadassa_Ulna

Growing up I was the world's pickiest eater, that is, until my children were born. Karma. Neither of my parents were much into cooking; it was the height of eating fat-free or anything with oat bran added. I taught myself some basics, mostly baking, following the guidelines of a well-worn copy of Joy of Cooking. I was a ballet dancer and a teacher suggested I lose weight. As I began reading about diet and nutrition I became interested in natural foods, which led to a job at a macrobiotic natural foods market in Center City Philadelphia; this was way before Whole Foods came to the area. I learned a lot about food in general. I ate strictly vegan for a while, although I don't now, but I still like it when a recipe can taste great without butter or bacon! In short, my approach to cooking is idiosyncratic, and I don't know very much about cooking meat or proper technique. I love to bake and I am still working on expanding my palate and my repertoire. The hardest part is getting the whole family to try new things! So aside from my food status, I am an architect who likes to garden and play music. I'm married with two kids, and I hope to get a dog someday.