There are times when an improvisation turns into something you want to repeat again and again. This dish is one of the successes that I will continue to make once a month or so because it’s just that tasty.
It’s “origin story” isn’t very glamorous though. I realized I had some cooked farro slowly wasting away in the fridge as I was putting together the menu for one of our mostly weekly Saturday night gatherings. Since I hadn’t actually planned on making it part of dinner I didn’t pickup the additional ingredients necessary to make Farro with Mushrooms and Thyme. Luckily, a handful of pantry staples turned this from a bland grain into a flavorful side dish.
Prep time: 5 minutes (if you have precooked your farro)
Total time: 20 minutes
- 1 Tbsp. olive oil
- 2 medium yellow onions, diced
- 3 Tbsp. unsalted butter
- 2 cups prepared farro
- 1 tsp. sweet paprika
- 1 tsp. Penzeys’ Mural of Flavor spice blend
- salt and pepper
- Heat oil in a Dutch oven over medium heat until just shimmering. Add the diced onions and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Toss with oil and saute until translucent, 5-8 minutes.
- Add the butter. When it is fully melted add the farro, paprika and spice blend. Toss until the farro is coated with butter and the spices are well distributed.
- Heat for about 5 minutes so that the farro is heated through. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper as desired. Serve.
If you have fresh herbs such as parsley or chives on hand you could added a 1/4 to 1/2 cup of chopped fresh herbs at the end of cooking.