A-Z Project: F is for FARRO


Hannibal Lecter. Not pictured: fava beans, chianti, liver.

You have no idea how difficult it was for me to steer away from Fava Beans. I totally wanted to make some dish with liver and select a nice chianti and go all Hannibal Lecter with the narrative, but we’re way beyond schtick like that right, Clarise? Well played, Bryan.

So, we’re going with FARRO. WTF is farro? Glad you asked; I needed some filler.

Farro is an ancient grain sometimes known as emmer wheat. It has a consistency like buckwheat and a nutty flavor. It’s chewy and works really well in salads, soups and anything calling for a whole grain. It’s 100% new to me which makes it perfect for this project and since I was having a hard time finding an F that was in season or sounded good, farro came from out of nowhere and stole it.

For the dish, we’re making a farro salad with roasted vegetables. Here’s what’s in the salad:

Farro
Zucchini (green and yellow)
Fennel
Red Bell Pepper
Red Onion
Eggplant
Garlic
For the dressing we’re gonna rock some Meyer Lemons and good olive oil.

We start by slicing up the veg and putting everything on a baking sheet and roasting for like 45 minutes until you see some nice caramelizing and edges starting to get a little burnt from the roasting process. Let that cool then chop it up into small pieces and throw in some Italian parsley. Cook the farro (it’s just like rice in that respect) and incorporate the chopped up veg that’s been made super awesome by roasting, toss it together with some nice olive oil and the juice of 1/2 of a Meyer lemon and you’re done. Hey, I make simple stuff that tastes good; no need to complicate it all.

How was it? It was good. I didn’t LOVE it but I would certainly make it again with a couple changes. The roasted veg was a bit too soft and squishy for my liking or maybe I just didn’t chop it up small enough but it certainly still tasted really good and plenty sweet from the roasting. But, the texture with the squeaky farro was a little off; a bit more firm and it would have been perfection. I also think it could really use some sort of cheese like a good Parmesan shaved on top to give it a bit more flavor and depth. It was wicked healthy, too. Farro is loaded with fiber, vitamins and protein so without trying I made something that complimented the nice long trip to the gym that preceded the meal. Sadly, I did not have any ice cream to ruin my healthy streak. You win this time, healthy, active lifestyle.

Overall I’m pleased. I didn’t get but the 1 photo here but there wasn’t much to document visually so you’ll just have to deal with it.

Next up: ain’t nuttin but a G-thang, baby.

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