Hawaiian Barley Casserole

Kamai’ina Favorite
Church Supper in Moiliili

Cooking Asian dishes with onions


Here’s another of the Old Kamai’ina recipes from Hawaiian cuisine.  The recipe came from a Kamai’ina relative’s friend, who served it at a church supper in Moiliili.

The dish may not seem terribly Polynesian, but is an authentic dish served in the cosmopolitan community of Hawaii.  It is typical of what you might be served at a church supper or similar affair.

It also tastes good and Barley is a healthy grain.

This recipe makes enough to serve from about 8 to 10 people, along with other light dishes for a simple supper.

Hawaiian Barley Casserole


Pressed Barley, Oshi Mugi

Pressed Barley, Favorite of Asian Cooks

½ cup Butter
2 medium Onions, chopped
1 cup Celery, chopped
2 cups Pearl Barley
4 ounces sliced fresh or canned Mushrooms
2 cups hot Chicken Stock
1 small jar red Pimientos, chopped


We first melt the Butter in a skillet and sauté the chopped Celery and Onions until they are tender but still crisp.

We add the Barley, Pimientos, Mushrooms with their liquid and the heated Chicken Stock.  We heat the mixture, mixing it thoroughly and put it in a two-quart casserole.

We cover the casserole and bake it at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 1 and ¼ hours.

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