The other day I was at Trader's (that's my nickname for Trader Joe's) and saw Farro. It was in the "What's New to Our Store" section.
The bright blue colored bag caught my attention. And at the price of $1.79, a bag, I couldn't pass it up.
Waiting in line to pay, I started reading the Farro package. It included a recipe for Sausage with Apples. Perfect. Now I had a recipe to create with this new find.
You may be wondering, as I was, what in the heck is farro? According to the New York Times, it's Italy's ancient grain. It's a small light brown grain that tastes like the offspring of pasta and brown rice!
This recipe cost under $10 and was the main dish for a dinner with 8 adults. Super affordable.
Farro with Chicken Sausage and Apples
(adapted from Trader Joe's bag)
- 2 packages Farro
- 1 pound Sweet Chicken Sausage
- 1 package onion, shallot, garlic mixture (or 1 small onion, 1 shallot and 2 garlic cloves)
- 2 Apples (cored and diced)
- 1 tbsp. Olive Oil or butter
- Garlic Salt
- Cayenne Pepper
- Salt & Black Cayenne Pepper
Cook farro according to package instructions. Set aside.
Remove sausage from casings and add to a large skillet. Cook over medium heat. Use spatula to cut up pieces and ensure even browning. When sausage is browned, remove from skillet and set aside. In the same pan, with the drippings, add olive oil.
Sauté onions, garlic, and apples in the pan for about 5 minutes. Salt and pepper the onion mixture. Add the farro and sausage to the skillet. Cook for 5 more minutes until heated through. Liberally add garlic salt and pepper. Sprinkle a dash or two of cayenne.
Makes 8 servings
Serve immediately and enjoy!