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Asparagus and Mushroom Farro

Farro is categorically the best grain.  

   
 Recipe by Alix Baker (@alixmbaker)
 
Ingredient List:

1 cup Farro, rinsed
4 cups Chicken or Veg Stock
3 tbsp Olive Oil
2 tbsp White Wine Vinegar
1 Shallot
2 Garlic Cloves
1 bunch Oyster Mushrooms, tough stems removed, split lengthwise
5 Shiitake Mushrooms, diced
About 15 Asparagus, cut into ½ inch pieces
At least 1 cup of Fresh Grated Parmesan and/or Pecorino (parm is sweet and nutty, pec more sharp and salty ... if you have both on hand, we suggest using in harmony)
Salt + fresh ground black pepper

 

To Garnish:

8-10 Asparagus
½ Lemon
Olive Oil
Salt to taste
Fresh Shaves of Parmesan

 

 
Steps:
  1. In a Dutch Oven or large pot, add olive oil and bring heat to medium.

  2. Add mushrooms to sear, letting them cook undisturbed for about 2 minutes.

  3. Add shallots + garlic to sweat, 1-2 minutes.

  4. Add asparagus until barely tender.

  5. Add farro and toast until fragrant, about 2 minutes.Deglaze with white wine. Cook about 1 minute until reduced and no longer smells pungent.

     

  6. Add 3 cups chicken stock. Bring to a boil, then lower to simmer and cover 30 minutes, checking + stirring halfway through. 

  7. While farro is cooking, prepare your raw shaved asparagus. Hold asparagus steady with one hand and use a peeler to shave long strands with the other.
  8. Check farro - if dry and not yet tender add more stock and continue cooking. When tender, there should still be some liquid in the pan. Once complete, add lots of parmesan and/or pecorino to create creamy sauce with the cooking liquid. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper.
  9. Toss raw shaved asparagus with a squeeze of lemon, drizzle of good olive oil and a sprinkle of salt. Place it atop the farro and finish it all off with shaves of parmesan and lots of fresh ground pepper!


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