Warm Chard And Farro

August 28, 2011
4 Ratings
  • Serves 4
Author Notes

This recipe shouldn't even count as mine, since I borrowed ideas from so many of my Food52 muses ... I knew I wanted to do a farro and chard deal, but with flavors along tabbouli lines. I used Jennifer Perrilo's idea to infuse the farro with aromatics, like in her fabulous salad I swiped the pinch of cinnamon from WinnieAb's excellent amaranth tabbouli and the idea of using golden raisins from The Internet Cooking Primcess' addictive cous cous The end result is a tasty and fairly hearty side - turns out to be really good with tarragon and pernod salmon! - aargersi —aargersi

Test Kitchen Notes

The only downside of this recipe is it’s so tasty that you may want to eat the entire pan! Utilizing many ingredients that are abundant right now, this recipe comes together quickly. Each bite greets you with a new taste sensation and will entice you to come back for more. I didn't have the required Parmesan and so substituted feta with delicious results. An added bonus is that this recipe packs a punch not only in flavor but in nutrients. Bravo! - sticksnscones —sticksnscones

What You'll Need
  • 6 big swiss chard leaves
  • 1 cup farro
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • low salt chicken broth (enough to cover the farro in the pan)
  • good olive oil
  • 1 large shallot - diced
  • 1/2 cup golden raisins
  • 1/2 cup cherry tomato halves
  • 1 pinch cinnamon
  • 1 lemon
  • shredded parmesan cheese
  • 1 cup loose-pack chopped flat leaf parsley
  1. Rinse the farro, and put it in a saucepan with the three (peeled) cloves of garlic. Cover with broth - about 1/4 inch above the farro. Bring it to a boil, add a pinch of salt and turn it down to a simmer. Cook uncovered for about 15 minutes until the farro is tender but still has a bit of chew. Add broth if you need to (I didn't). When it is done, discard the garlic cloves.
  2. Meanwhile wash and dry the chard. Admire it - such a pretty green! Chop the stems and put them in a bowl, then chop the leaves into fairly small ribbons. Heat enough oil to slick the bottom of a saucepan, then add the shallot. Saute for just a few minutes until they are clear, then add in the chard stems, raisins and the pinch of cinnamon. After another minute or so add the chopped leaves, and stir in the warm farro and cook until the chard is just wilted. Add the tomatoes and parsley, and dress with a bit more good olive oil and the juice from the lemon. Taste for salt and pepper. Serve topped with shredded parmesan. Eat! Be healthy!

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  • Amanda Kibbe
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  • wssmom
  • nannydeb
  • boulangere
  • aargersi

Recipe by: aargersi

Country living, garden to table cooking, recent beek, rescue all of the dogs, #adoptdontshop

7 Reviews

RKees April 30, 2020
I made this today. Delicious! It has a real depth of flavor with the cinnamon and raisins playing off of the more savory vegs. Perfect balance! You nailed it! Thank you for this farro keeper! And you are right...the only "danger" is eating all of it at once.
Amanda K. June 11, 2013
Tried this with green beans added with the chard stems. D-lish! Also good with rice if you don't have farro.
wssmom August 31, 2011
LOVE this!
nannydeb August 30, 2011
Mmmm, I'd eat that.
boulangere August 28, 2011
Pernod anything is good with almost anything, but I love the idea of a gorgeous slab of salmon over these beautiful flavors.
aargersi August 28, 2011
The salmon was super good - tarragon, cherry tomatoes, pernod, splash of wine, drizzle of oil, S&P - oven poached in a foil pouch .... I have a pic I should poach - oh I mean post :-)
boulangere August 29, 2011
Oh, this sounds seriously good. I love, love, love poaching seafood and shellfish in Pernod with your generous splash of white wine. With some onions, garlic, fennel bulb and fronds, oh yeah! And I seriously love your raisins and tomatoes here.