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Unread 07-05-2013, 03:01 PM   #1
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Default smoky portabella barleysagna

I love lasagna as much as the next guy but wanted one with pasta that had some kick back. I’m a huge fan of barley, love its texture & resiliency so I figured it might have potential as a substitute for pasta if it could be formed into lasagna sheets in its natural intact form. This was the first experiment:

Begin with a one cup batch, cook it down till sludge-like then spread it out on a plastic wrap lined cookie sheet to a uniform thickness, then another sheet on top with some weight (I used a 5lb bag of rice). Into the fridge to set up (plan being that the starch would cement it all together to form a workable sheet).

The next day: removed the plastic wrap & sliced the barley sheets to fit the Pyrex dish:

So far so good, it held together. Here’s a small section trimmed off the side:

Meanwhile, grill some portabella mushrooms with some cherry smoke:

To the dish add whole milk ricotta that has been sufficiently flogged with air, locatelli, salt & pepper:

Then add the smoky sliced mushrooms:

Then the second sheet of ‘pasta’:

Top off with some mozzarella, olive oil, & herbs:

Back onto the cooker:

I baked this for about 30 minutes, around 350, just to get everything welded together & add a nice hint of smoke:

Sliced down:

On some simple sauce:

It was so good I hadda go in for a second:

This was tasty as hell & no harder or easier than making it with traditional lasagna sheets. It accomplished the desired effect, a texture difference between the pasta & the other ingredients. Probably has some health benefits as well over the alternative
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