Sunday, 24 March 2013

Cauliflower Farrotto

It's been awhile since I've been able to update here.  Between a fantastic vacation away, followed by a week of illness and mountains of laundry there's been little time for great meals.  I made this farrotto before we went away with great intentions of sharing it with you all upon our return.  Similar to risotto but made with the healthier and chewier farro, it's both nourishing and comforting at once.

Josilin enjoyed this so much she ate it the next day cold from the fridge.  She thought it was a "salad" and I wasn't ready to correct her.  I plan to make a bigger batch next time so I can send a container along in her lunch.  If you can't find the farro, I suspect barley would sub in just as easily. We topped ours with pistachios but any nut would work well, particularly roasted almonds. 

Cauliflower Farrotto

adapted slightly from Gourmet Today

5 cups vegetable stock
1 bay leaf
1 strip of lemon peel
2 tsp lemon juice
4 Tbsp unsalted butter
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1 1/2 cup farro
1/2 cup white wine
2 cups finely chopped cauliflower
1/2 cup Parmesan, finely grated
3 Tbsp parsley chopped
1 tsp salt
1/2 tsp pepper
1/2 cup pistachios, halved

In a medium pot, combine stock, bay leaf, lemon peel and juice and bring to a simmer.  Reduce heat and remove bay leaf and lemon peel.  Reserve, keeping warm for all cooking time.
In a large pot over medium heat, melt 2Tbsp butter.  Add onion and cook until softened, stirring to avoid browning; about 4min.  Add farro and stir while cooking 1min.  Add wine and cook until it is absorbed. 
Add cauliflower followed by 1cup of warm stock.  Continue cooking and stirring until stock is almost absorbed.  Add another cup of warm stock and repeat stirring and absorbing.  Add additional stock 1 cup at a time until farro is chewy and creamy looking, about 30min.  There may be stock left over.
Stir in salt/pepper, 2Tbsp butter and Parmesan.  Top each plate with parsley and pistachios.  Enjoy!

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