Pearl barley salad with sauerkraut and roasted pumpkin

Source: Johannes Hõimoja

Pearl barley salad with sauerkraut and roasted pumpkin


Recipe author:

Janno Lepik
Head chef
Leib Resto ja Aed


They say that Estonians are the most stationary nation in Europe – thousands of years ago, our forefathers gathered on this land and decided to stay. Celebrating the 100th anniversary of our country, we carry with us traditions and wisdom that has been passed down from generation to generation. The roots of our story go way back. On the 100th birthday of our country, we look back and appreciate our old recipes and ancient customs. We want to prepare traditional dishes in a way that all Estonians know and love while also adding a contemporary touch.

Barley has been cultivated in Estonia longer than any other crops – for over 4,000 years. And pearl barley has been a staple food for Estonians through the ages; it has even been a food fit for celebrations. In the olden days, the tradition in Estonian villages was to make sauerkraut soup with pork and barley groats on Thursdays and Sundays. Pumpkin became a commonly-used vegetable in Estonia in the 1920s–1930s.

Course: starter
Serves: 4
Preparation time: 1 h
Difficulty: easy

Ingredients

0,3 kg pumpkin
3 cloves garlic
8 sprigs thyme
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp cooking oil
200 g boiled pearl barley
150 g sauerkraut
1 apple
30 g green onion
1 pomegranate
Nutmeg
Salt

Oil dressing
50 ml lemon juice (2 small lemons)
75 g oil (to taste)
½ tsp salt
1 tbsp sugar

Directions

1. Peel and chop the pumpkin into pieces. Place on a baking tray and sprinkle with oil, honey, thyme, salt and grated nutmeg. Cut the garlic cloves in half and add them also.

2. Roast in the oven at 180 ºC for about 30 minutes or until soft. Let the pumpkin cool and remove the thyme and garlic.

3. Mix the oil dressing: add all of the components together and season with salt and pepper according to taste.

4. Soften the sauerkraut by crushing and kneading between your fingers or pounding with a fist.

5. Chop the green onion, peel the pomegranate, wash the apple and chop into 5 mm cubes.

6. To serve: mix together the cooled down roasted pumpkin, pearl barley, chopped green onion, sauerkraut, pomegranate and oil dressing. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Photos by: Johannes Hõimoja

Last updated : 03.05.2018
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