Oh, farro. You’re an ancient grain with a bad rap for being tricky to cook, but your nutty flavor, delicate chew and versatility make you worth a second look.
This is precisely why I went off Googling recipes when I found a package of it while cleaning out our kitchen cupboard recently.
Here’s a time-saving tip: Knock out the farro salad while the pork is cooking in the oven, and you’ll have a delicious dinner on the table in just about an hour.
Citrus-Cumin Pork Chops with Farro
(Recipe adapted from Food Network Kitchen)
- 2 tsp ground cumin
- 2 tsp paprika
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 4 pork chops
- 2 tbsp honey
- Juice of one orange
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 1/2 medium red onion, chopped
- 1 cup farro
- 2 1/4 cups water
- 1 tsp salt
- 10 oz Brussels sprouts, trimmed and thinly sliced
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees
- Season pork chops on both sides with cumin, paprika, salt and pepper. Place in baking dish.
- Drizzle with honey and orange juice, and place in oven to bake for 30 mins.
- Meanwhile, heat olive oil in saucepan and add red onion. Stir for 5 mins
- Add farro, water and salt and bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until tender, about 25 mins.
- After oven timer has gone off, flip pork chops and bake for another 30 mins
- After farro is tender, stir in Brussels sprouts and cook until tender, another 5 mins
- Dish farro mixture equally onto 4 plates, top with a pork chop and drizzle with pan juices.
Here’s a look at the process: Start by sautéing onion in the pan with olive oil.
Be sure to buy the semi-pearled farro variety, meaning it cooks up quickly, and without any pre-soaking, in about 25 minutes.
Bring water to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer until grains are tender.
The Brussels sprouts add some nice spice — plus they’e a great way to sneak some greens into your meal.
The warmth from the farro will help soften the sprouts, so you’ll only need to cook them for a few minutes.
Once the pork is done, plate it over a bed of the farro mixture and drizzle pan juices over the entire plate for extra flavor.