Spinach & tomato barley casserole (Plus: July Kosher Connection linkup and giveaway!)

By | July 22, 2013


The Kosher Connection turns 1 this month, and to mark the occasion, we’re all making each other’s recipes. Well, basically. What I really mean is that we each got paired up with another kosher blog, and our mission for this month’s linkup was to cook something from that blog. We were told to try to keep the original recipe intact.

I tried, promise!

I was matched up with Yosefa at Cooking Outside the Box, who says she really doesn’t follow recipes — she chooses ingredients based on what she has on hand, and adds spices as needed. So when I came across her post on barley casserole with mallows, tomato, and basil, naturally, there was no exact recipe. She gave a basic explanation of what she did to create the dish, but there wasn’t an ingredient list with set amounts or a suggested oven temperature and cooking time.

I figured that gave me the green light to stray a bit from the original. And what you have here is my version of the dish, inspired by Yosefa’s flavor combination.

Whole-grain barley makes a healthy casserole base, and finely chopped spinach and basil add a burst of freshness. With the tomatoes and cheeses, the dish is somewhat reminiscent of pizza — and with a taste like that, you won’t have any trouble polishing it off.

If you’re not familiar with Cooking Outside the Box, stop by and show it some love!

* Scroll down to check out the other recipes in this month’s linkup, and scroll alllll the way down the enter the giveaway for two prizes from Emile Henry! *

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Yosefa @nonrecipe on July 22, 2013 at 11:29 am.

I’ve been waiting all morning (Israel time) to see if the barley casserole was inspired by my blog. Your version makes me think of a low-glycemic lasagna! I don’t cook cheese in my oven, but I definitely like the edition of cheese and eggs. I think the idea was to cook one of the dishes in your own style, so I like that you made it more quiche-like and solidified it into a real recipe. I’ll add a link back to you in the post.


Tali Simon on July 22, 2013 at 12:02 pm.

I found your barley casserole post the same week that my husband discovered fresh spinach in our makolet, so it was just the thing. Thanks for the inspiration. :) Nice idea to link to my version in your own post (thank you!). I think I’ll do that with whoever got matched up with my blog.


Tamar Genger on July 22, 2013 at 5:47 pm.

I have hard time sticking to recipes too, but in this case you for sure had the green light. Great recipe I want to try it soon.


Alison@AliBabka on July 22, 2013 at 11:44 pm.

So filling and tasty! Must be perfect for a quick dinner!


Chaya on July 23, 2013 at 12:01 am.

This will make a great supper except I have to sub for the barley since hubby is gluten-free but I can use rice or quinoa. Sounds terrific.


Esther on November 6, 2013 at 6:58 am.

Can this be made with frozen spinach and dried basil?


Tali Simon on November 8, 2013 at 11:29 am.

You can definitely use frozen spinach, but dried basil and fresh basil are worlds apart. I would go heavier on the spinach and just add a teaspoon of dried basil for a bit of that flavor.


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