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Herbed Farro

Hands-on time 40 mins
Total time 40 mins
Yield Makes 4 to 6 servings
  

Ingredients

  • 1 (1-oz.) package fresh chervil*
  • 2 cups loosely packed fresh flat-leaf parsley leaves
  • 2 tablespoons salt
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 1/2 cups uncooked farro (see "Pantry Key," below)

How to Make It

  1. Remove leaves from chervil. Cook chervil, parsley, and salt in boiling water to cover in a small saucepan 45 seconds; drain. Plunge into ice water to stop the cooking process; drain. Process herbs and 1 cup water in a blender until smooth. Pour through a fine wire-mesh strainer into a bowl. Discard liquid.

  2. Microwave chicken broth in a microwave-safe bowl at HIGH 5 minutes or until warm.

  3. Meanwhile, sauté onion in hot oil in a Dutch oven over medium-high heat 5 to 6 minutes or until softened. Add garlic, and cook 1 minute. Add farro, and sauté 1 minute. Reduce heat to medium; add 1/2 cup hot broth, and cook, stirring constantly, until liquid is absorbed. Repeat procedure with remaining broth, 1/2 cup at a time, stirring constantly, until liquid is absorbed. Stir in 1/4 cup herb puree; reserve remaining puree for another use. Season with pepper to taste.

  4. Pantry Key. Farro: A deliciously chewy whole grain that's high in protein and has a bold, nutty flavor; a great alternate for anyone who loves barley.

  5. *1 (1-oz.) package fresh tarragon may be substituted.

McCrady's Restaurant and Husk Restaurant, Charleston, SC