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2 In The Kitchen: Warm Farro Salad With Sweet Potato

(credit: CBS 2)

(credit: CBS 2)

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – Believe it or not, many farmers markets are still in action. Chef Michael Anthony (2012 James Beard Award winner) of Gramercy Tavern stopped by the CBS 2 studios with a seasonal dish that you can make for the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday too: Warm salad of farro and sweet potatoes.

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Warm Farro Salad with Sweet Potato

Michael Anthony Executive Chef/Partner Gramercy Tavern

Yield: 4 servings

Olive oil                                                               3 tbsp

Onions, minced                                                   2 tbsp

Leeks, minced                                                      2 tbsp

Garlic, minced                                                     1 tsp

Farro                                                                    1 cup

Vegetable stock, or water                                   1 quart

Sweet potatoes, peeled and chopped                 2 cups

Sweet Bell Peppers, seeded and chopped          1 cup

Onion, minced                                                     ½ cup

Garlic, minced                                                     1 tsp

Coriander, toasted                                               ½ tsp

Vegetable stock                                                   2 cups

Parsley, picked and washed                                ¼ cup

Optional:

Shiitake mushrooms, sliced and sauteed            2 tbsp

Carrots, peeled and thinly sliced                        2 tbsp

Toasted Pumpkin Seeds                                      1 tbsp

For the farro:

  1. Using the flexi-beater attachment at #2 speed, sweat the onions, leeks, and garlic in 1 tbsp olive oil in the bowl of the Cooking Chef at 140°F.
  2. Add farro and continue to cook for another 3 minutes.
  3. Increase temperature to 210°F, add vegetable stock (or water) and simmer until tender, about 30 minutes. When farro is cooked, remove from bowl and reserve.

For the sweet potato puree:

  1. Using the flexi-beater attachment at #2 speed, sweat the onions, garlic, sweet potatoes, peppers and coriander in 2 tbsp olive oil in the bowl of the Cooking Chef at 140°F for 6 minutes.
  2. Increase temperature to 210°F, add vegetable stock (or water) and simmer until tender, about 40 minutes.
  3. Remove several pieces of the cooked sweet potato from the bowl, and reserve to use as garnish
  4. Attach Thermo-resist blender attachment, and add remaining sweet potato mixture to the blender.  Blend until a smooth puree.
  5. Return the farro and puree to the bowl.  Season with salt and pepper.  At 195°F, bring to a simmer.
  6. Fold in fresh parsley and reserved sweet potatoes, and serve in a bowl.
  7. Top with optional garnishes of sautéed shiitake mushrooms, sliced carrots and pumpkin seeds.

To finish:

  1. Add the shiitakes and carrots to the risotto and simmer until tender.  Add vegetable stock as needed to reach desired consistency.
  2. Finish with butter, carrot puree, cheese, pumpkin seeds and herbs.