Wild Mushroom Salad with Barley & Smoked Bacon
This recipe comes to us courtesy of Chef Michael Simon. The hearty barley adapts itself perfectly to gusty, wild mushrooms and bacon. Rustic and elegant at the same time. It makes a perfect side dish as well as a salad.
Melt the butter in a large saucepan and add the shallots and garlic. Cook until translucent, then add the barley and mix thoroughly.
Add the hot stock and the bay leaves and allow to simmer for 20-30 minutes, or until the liquid has been absorbed and the barley is tender. Set the mixture aside and allow to cool.
Slice the mushrooms and the endive and set aside.
Dice the bacon and place in a large sauté pan. Cook over medium heat until the bacon is crisp. Remove the bacon. Pour off half of the fat. Deglaze the pan with red wine vinegar.
Add the mushrooms an endive and cook until tender. Remove from the heat, add the parsley, and check for seasoning.
Toss with the barley and serve in a large bowl, or mounded on a platter.