• 1 cup pearled barley, rinsed
• 3/4 pound broccoli, cut into florets (1 large crown)
• 1/4 cup olive oil
• 3 large cloves garlic, chopped
• 1/2 cup whole raw almonds, chopped
• 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
• 3 tablespoons sherry wine vinegar
• Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
• 2 big handful baby arugula
• 3/4 cup cubed manchego cheese (6 ounces)
Add barley to boiling salted water and cook until tender, about 30 to 45 minutes. Add the broccoli the last 3 minutes of cooking and cook until tender yet still slightly crisp. Drain both in a colander in the sink and rinse under cold water to stop the cooking. Drain well then add to a large mixing bowl.
Add olive oil to a medium skillet over medium high heat. Once hot, add the garlic and almonds and stir until the garlic and almonds are fragrant, about 1 minute. Turn off heat, sprinkle in the smoked paprika, season with salt and pepper, and stir for 30 more seconds. The residual heat will toast the paprika.
Carefully stir in the vinegar. Pour the dressing over the broccoli and barley and toss well all together. Finally add in the arugula and the cheese, taste for seasoning, and adjust as necessary. Recipe compliments of Bodega Calle
Alberti 154 El Olvidado
Bodega Calle is a boutique winery built in 1925 and restored in 2001. Located in the prestigious wine region of Luján de Cuyo, the winery produces high quality wines in a sustainable way. Roughly half of Mendoza’s population is of Spanish descent, and over the years a number of Tempranillo vines have been planted in the region. This bottling, from an heirloom quality parral style vineyard in Altamira, is packed with lush cherry and raspberry fruit. A long growing season, very cold nights and low yields helped create a wine that is extremely concentrated, parral vineyard with 70 year old vines.
Winemaker: Matteo Viana
Appellation: Altamira, Mendoza, Argentina
Varietal Blend: 100% Tempranillo
Analysis: 15.0% alc/vol