Hot and bubbly from the oven.
I love barley and this casserole has plenty of it. It's a great warm, homey, filling meal for a cool autumn evening; even though it still gets up into the triple digits here! You really need to use a pan that's larger than 9x13 or it will make a big mess. I used my large lasagna pan and it worked out fine. Just allow yourself at least 2 hours to make this before you want to eat because it takes 1 hour and 45 minutes to cook.