Welcome to this week’s episode of Tomato Month on Cup of Jo! At the moment our hero finds itself in a most unusual affiliation…
…paired with crispy farro! Not frequent farro, crispy farro. This recipe is my favorite type of recipe: one which has merely enough of a twist to make it actually really feel explicit, nonetheless not enough of a twist to make it actually really feel deal-breaker-y. I like how the farro is used as a crunch challenge versus a base grain, allowing for the true star to steal the current.
Crispy Farro and Tomato Salad
Recipe by Emily Connor for Food52
A few notes from Emily: You can substitute totally different grains for the farro (freekeh, wheat berries, spelt, and quinoa) nonetheless ensure that regardless of they’re, they’re each leftover or completely cooled freshly prepared grains. For best outcomes, put together dinner the grains like pasta in a pot of intently salted water to attenuate the amount of moisture they protect. They’ll crisp greater this vogue, and put together dinner sooner, too. (If the considered farro intimidates you, may I counsel selecting up the 10-minute farro at Vendor Joe’s which appears wonderful every time?)
1 cup cooked farro (leftover or freshly prepared and completely cooled)
sea salt, to model
2 tablespoons olive oil, plus additional for drizzling
1 tablespoon finely chopped parsley (dried correctly if damp)
2 tablespoons finely grated Parmesan, plus additional for ending
1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest, or to model
2 large tomatoes (1 to 1 1/4 kilos), cored and thinly sliced–or use a mix of utterly totally different colors, shapes, and sizes
Heat the broiler with an oven rack about 4 to 5 inches from the heating element. Toss the cooked farro on a sheet pan with the olive oil and a few pinches of salt, then unfold into a superb layer. Broil for a few minutes, or until you hear a faint sizzle and popping sound. Stir, unfold out, and broil for a few minutes longer. Repeat until the farro is flippantly toasted and crispy-chewy in texture, about 5 minutes in entire. (Greater to err on under- vs. over-toasting; broil too prolonged and the farro will get too exhausting and dry.) Let cool for 5 to 10 minutes.
When in a position to serve, toss the crispy farro with the parsley, Parmesan, and lemon zest. Arrange the tomatoes on a giant platter and season with sea salt. Sprinkle just a few of the crispy farro over the tomatoes (guaranteeing that the tomatoes aren’t hidden), and spoon the rest throughout the tomatoes. To finish the salad, grate just a bit Parmesan and drizzle just a bit additional olive oil over the tomatoes, if desired.
What tomato recipes are you consuming this week? We’d wish to know.
(Recipe syndicated with permission of Food52. Photograph by Julia Gartland for Meals52.)