Farro with Cheddar and Kale: Cabot Challenge
When I am in the mood to use a new ingredient or introduce a new ingredient to a client or child I always aim to incorporate familiar flavors, smells and textures that will ease the eater into the experience. That was my exact philosophy when I created this recipe. When creating this recipe I was starting with a familiar and loved ingredient, cheddar, and my mind drifted to comfort food favorites like macaroni and cheese or a cheddar and broccoli potato. I am using those familiar and well loved foods to introduce farro, a whole grain with a nutty flavor and hearty bite. Farro is in the wheat family and is consumed quite regularly in Europe. I choose to cook up the farro with cheddar and my favorite broccoli alternative, kale thus creating this soulful and savory dish.
Farro with Cheddar and Kale
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 shallots, chopped
- 2 cups farro or wheat berries
- 2 cups low sodium vegetable stock
- 2 1/2 cups water, divided
- 4 cups fresh kale, chopped
- ½ cup Cabot plain Greek yogurt
- 1 cup (lightly packed) Cabot 75% light cheddar, shredded
- Salt and pepper to taste
In a large saucepan over medium high heat add the oil and shallots. Add a pinch of salt and cook for 3-5 minutes or until tender. Add the farro, stock and 2 cups of water and stir to combine. Bring to a boil then cover, reduce to a simmer. Cook for 35-45 minutes or until the majority of the liquid is absorbed.
While the farro is simmering, add kale and ½ cup water to a small pot. Cook for 3-5 minutes or until kale has wilted and is bright green and tender. Drain.
Combine the cooked kale, yogurt and cheese in a food processor or blender. Puree.
Add the kale mixture to the cooked farro. Stir to combine and heat through. Season with salt and pepper and serve.
I received free samples from Cabot Creamery of the cheese and giveaway items mentioned in this post. By posting this recipe I am entering a recipe contest sponsored by Cabot Creamery Cooperative and am eligible to win prizes associated with the contest. I was not compensated for my time.