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Here’s a new addition to our Sunday night eggs tradition.  I may have overcooked the eggs a bit in the final step (you’ll see a little later), but it was still extremely delicious.  I love the chewiness of the barley and how it absorbs the flavors.  You could probably experiment with other flavors to add, but this one gives you a pretty good base to start with.

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2 Tbs. olive oil, plus more for drizzling

1 large shallot, thinly sliced (about ½ cup)

1 jalapeno, minced (about 2 Tbs.)

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 cup pearled barley

3½ cups homemade or store-bought low-sodium vegetable broth

1 bunch curly kale, removed from the stems and cut into ribbons (about 4 cups)

2 tsp. zest and 1 tablespoon fresh juice from 1 lemon

4 to 6 eggs

Grated Parmesan cheese, for finishing

½ cup fresh parsley leaves, roughly chopped


Heat the oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add the shallot, jalapeno, and a pinch of salt and cook, stirring, until softened, about 2 minutes.

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Add the barley to the pan and toast until fragrant, about 1 minute.

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Add the broth and adjust the heat to maintain an active boil until most of the liquid is absorbed and the barley has softened, about 15 minutes.

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Season with salt and pepper. Meanwhile, adjust a broiler rack to 6 inches from the heat source and preheat broiler to high. In batches, stir in the kale until wilted, then add the lemon juice.

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Drizzle the edges with olive oil and crack the eggs into the barley, spacing them out.

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Place the pan under the broiler until the egg whites have set and the yolks are still runny, 5 to 6 minutes.

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(You can see here that I left them in a little too long.  Those yolks aren’t runny.)

Remove from the broiler, season eggs with salt and pepper, and sprinkle with cheese, lemon zest, and parsley.

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We have these for a Sunday night dinner, but with very little prep work, it could make a great breakfast as well.  If you have questions or comments, there’s a comments section just for you.  You can also drop me a line at the email address above.

Have a wonderful week.  Remember that nothing can separate you from God’s love!