Zucchini-Farro Cakes with Herbed Goat Cheese and Slow-Roasted Tomatoes

Photo: Randy Mayor; Styling: Cindy Barr

 

For a more time-friendly topper, use fresh grape tomatoes, halved and sprinkled with salt and pepper.

Yield:

Serves 6

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Recipe Time

Hands-on: 45 Minutes
Total: 3 Hours, 10 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Calories 289
Fat 15.3 g
Satfat 3.9 g
Monofat 8.2 g
Polyfat 1.8 g
Protein 12 g
Carbohydrate 33 g
Fiber 5 g
Cholesterol 99 mg
Iron 2 mg
Sodium 463 mg
Calcium 73 mg

Ingredients

Tomatoes:
1 1/2 pounds grape tomatoes
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
Cakes:
3 1/2 cups shredded zucchini (about 1 pound)
1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
2 cups cooked farro
1 cup fresh breadcrumbs
3 tablespoons finely chopped green onions
3 tablespoons chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
2 tablespoons whole-wheat flour
1 tablespoon chopped fresh thyme
3 large eggs, lightly beaten
2 garlic cloves, minced
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
Cheese:
2.5 ounces goat cheese (at room temperature)
1 1/2 tablespoons 1% low-fat milk
1 teaspoon chopped fresh chives
1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh dill
1/2 teaspoon chopped fresh tarragon
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground pepper

Preparation

1. To prepare tomatoes, preheat oven to 250°.

2. Combine tomatoes, 2 tablespoons olive oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a large bowl; toss to coat. Arrange tomatoes in a single layer on a foil-lined baking sheet. Bake at 250° for 3 hours or until very tender, stirring every hour.

3. To prepare cakes, combine zucchini and 1/2 teaspoon salt in a cheesecloth-lined bowl. Let stand 10 minutes. Gather edges of cheesecloth; squeeze zucchini in cloth until barely moist. Combine zucchini, 1/2 teaspoon salt, farro, and next 7 ingredients (through garlic) in a large bowl. Let stand 5 minutes. Shape mixture into 12 (3-inch) patties, about 3/4 inch thick.

4. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add 4 patties; cook 4 minutes on each side or until golden. Repeat in two more batches with remaining oil and patties. Keep warm.

5. To prepare cheese, combine cheese and remaining ingredients in a small bowl, stirring until well combined.

6. Arrange 2 zucchini cakes on each of 6 plates. Top with 1 tablespoon cheese mixture and 1/4 cup tomatoes.

Note:

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Adapted with permission from Whole-Grain Mornings by Megan Gordon (Ten Speed Press, copyright 2013).

April 2014