Barley & Kale Cake | Cook for Your Life

Barley & Kale Cake

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Clock Icon for Prep Time 30 min prep
Person Icon for Serving Size 4 servings
Carrot Icon for Number of Ingredients Size 9 ingredients

This “cake” turns a few simple ingredients into a satisfying meal. Its layer of goat cheese in the center makes us think of this as a cake, though technically it’s a frittata. No matter —...


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 2 large shallots
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh rosemary
  • 15 kale leaves, shredded
  • Salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 cup cooked pearled barley (see Chef Tips)
  • 4 large eggs
  • 1 cup crumbled goat cheese, divided
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Nutrition Facts


369 cals


22 g

Saturated Fat

9 g

Polyunsaturated Fat

2 g

Monounsaturated Fat

9 g


26 g


5 g


6 g


20 g


602 mg


  1. In a wide saute pan, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat. Add the garlic, shallot and rosemary and cook until the shallots are golden. Add the kale and pinch of salt and cook, stirring, until softened about 5 to 8 minutes. Turn off the heat.
  2. In a large bowl, lightly whisk the eggs. Add a generous pinch of salt and pepper. Stir in the sauteed kale and barley.
  3. Heat the remaining tablespoon of olive oil and lightly grease an 8-inch cast iron skillet or other oven-safe pan. Pour in half of the egg mixture, then sprinkle with half of the goat cheese. Pour in the remaining egg mixture and top with the remaining goat cheese.
  4. Cook over medium-low heat on the stovetop until the egg has begun to set. Then finish cooking under a broiler for 8 to 10 minutes until set and well browned.
  5. Let cool for 3 to 5 minutes then serve in wedges, warm or at room temperature.

Chef Tips

You can use leftover barley for this recipe. If you have to cook it from scratch, bring 1 cup of barley and 2½ cups of water or broth to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer, cook covered until tender and most of water has been absorbed, about 35-45 minutes. Turn off the heat and let steam for 5 minutes. Makes 3 to 3½ cups.

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