Farro with Sausage and Apples
Compliments of: Bluebird Grain Farms
Yield: Makes about 6 cups; 4 to 6 side-dish servings
1 cup whole-grain Emmer Farro
3/4 cup bulk pork sausage (about 3 oz.) or pork sausages, casings removed
Butter or olive oil (if needed)
4 ½ cups fat-skimmed chicken broth
1 cup finely chopped parsley
1 Fuji apple (8 oz.)
2 tablespoons lemon juice
Salt and pepper
1. Sort farro, discarding straw like bits of hulls and other debris. Pour farro into a bowl, cover completely with cool water, stir, and skim off and discard any additional hulls that float to the surface. Drain farro.
2. In a 5- to 6-quart pan over high heat, crumble sausage with a spoon and stir often until browned, about 5 minutes. Spoon out and discard all but 1 tablespoon fat or, if necessary, add butter to equal 1 tablespoon fat in pan. Add farro to sausage in pan and stir until grains are dried, about 2 minutes.
3. Add broth and bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover pan, and simmer (mixture foams, so check and stir occasionally to keep it from boiling over) until farro is tender to bite and no longer tastes starchy, about 50 minutes. Stir in parsley, cover, remove from heat, and let stand 10 minutes.
4. Meanwhile, peel and core apple; cut into about 1/4-inch dice and mix with lemon juice. Stir into farro, season to taste with salt and pepper, and pour into a bowl.