This week’s recipe is not from another blog, but rather from a recipe site. I was handed this recipe to make and bring to a workshop on how to cook with wheat. While I have great respect for Mario Batali, I knew I couldn’t make the recipe as written. For one thing, it asked me to make a 4 Cup batch of tomato sauce so that I could use 1 Tablespoon. Um, no. Then there was the chicory. I don’t even know what fresh chicory looks like. I thought it was ground up and used as an added ingredient in some coffee. I had to look it up. The roots are used for coffee. The leaves are used in salad! Then there was the whole farro versus wheat berries thing. Farro is a term used more for the grains of certain wheat species, according to Wikipedia. It doesn’t necessarily mean the common hard red wheat that I used in this recipe, but it will do.
There is so much I don’t know about food. You are witness to my ignorance.
- 4 slices of bacon, minced
- 1 medium onion, chopped
- about 5 cups water (more if needed)
- 1 cup uncooked wheat berries (wheat kernels)
- ½ cup celery, diced
- 1 cup carrots, thinly sliced
- 1 cup mushrooms, sliced
- 1 10 ounce brick frozen chopped spinach, thawed, heated and drained
- 1 tsp dried marjoram
- 1 tsp garlic powder
- 1 Tbsp store bought spaghetti sauce (could use tomato paste)
- salt and pepper to taste
- Cook the bacon in a large saute pan or stockpot.
- Remove the meat and set aside while you cook the onion and celery until soft.
- Add the bacon back to the pan along with the wheat berries and 2 cups of water.
- Bring to a boil and cover.
- Turn down heat and cook until water is absorbed.
- Add more water until the wheat berries are plump and soft.
- (It took me 5 cups of water, it may take you a little more or less)
- Once the wheat is tender, add the remaining ingredients.
- Cover and continue to cook until the carrots are done, stirring occasionally.
- Adjust seasoning and serve.
- (note: this would have been good with grated cheese on top.)
So, what did you make this week? How many of you pre-make Thanksgiving dishes to post?