Recipe: Sunchoke-Kale Hash with Farro

from Food and Wine magazine

Recipe: Sunchoke-Kale Hash with Farro


  1. 3/4 cup farro (Farro is Triticum dicccom, a grain.  You can use barley or rice instead.) 
  2. 2 1/2 pounds large sunchokes, peeled and cut into 2-inch pieces
  3. Salt
  4. 1 pound Tuscan kale, tough stems discarded
  5. 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil blended with 3 tablespoons of vegetable oil
  6. 1 small red onion, sliced 1/4 inch thick
  7. 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  8. 1/2 pound oyster mushrooms, halved if large
  9. Freshly ground pepper

In a medium saucepan, cover the farro with 2 inches of water. Bring to a boil, cover and cook over low heat until the farro is tender, about 25 minutes. Drain the farro. 


Meanwhile, in a large saucepan, cover the sunchokes with water and add a large pinch of salt. Boil over high heat until the sunchokes are tender, about 10 minutes. Drain and let cool slightly, then slice the sunchokes 1/4 inch thick.

Fill the large saucepan with water and bring to a boil. Add the Tuscan kale and cook until just tender, about 3 minutes. Drain the kale and let cool slightly. Squeeze the kale dry and coarsely chop it.

In a small skillet, heat 2 tablespoons of the blended oil. Add the sliced red onion and a pinch of salt and cook over moderately low heat, stirring occasionally, until browned, about 12 minutes.

In a large nonstick skillet, melt the butter in 2 tablespoons of the blended oil. Add the sunchokes in an even layer and cook over high heat until browned on the bottom, about 3 minutes. Turn the sunchokes, reduce the heat to moderately high and continue cooking until starting to brown, about 2 minutes. Push the sunchokes to the side of the skillet.

Add 1 more tablespoon of the blended oil and the oyster mushrooms. Season with salt and pepper and cook over moderately high heat until browned, about 3 minutes. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon of blended oil along with the farro, kale and onion and cook, stirring, until heated through. Season with salt and pepper and serve.






MAKE AHEAD The recipe can be prepared through Step 4 one day ahead; refrigerate the components separately.


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