The Best Thanksgiving Side EVER!!!

This recipe has been a Thanksgiving tradition in my family for years. It is the side dish that we all agree is a must, right up there in importance with the turkey itself! It is our most requested recipe and now it is yours to savor, drool over and give thanks for!!!

Barley Casserole

  • 6 generous servings (double for Thanksgiving–at least)
  • ½ cup butter
  • 1 cup quick cooking fine pearl barley
  • 1 medium onion
  • ½ cup slivered almonds
  • 1 – 2 oz. package dehydrated onion soup mix
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup fresh mushrooms, sautéed in 1 TBL. Butter
  • 1 – 5 oz. can water chestnuts (sliced & drained)


  1. Heat butter in saucepan.  Add barley & onion, sauté until golden color.
  2. Add almonds, soup mix & chicken broth.
  3. Add mushrooms & water chestnuts, stir well.
  4. Pour into casserole dish, cover and bake at 350º for one hour; add more broth if necessary.
  5. Can be prepared 1-2 days ahead of time.
  6. Bake the day of serving.