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olivia627
03-12-2008, 12:11 PM
I just watched this episode today, titled 'Amazing Grains' on FoodTV and the food looked truly amazing! Thought I'd share...

Greek Grain Salad
Recipe courtesy Chef Jon-Paul Hutchins, Scottsdale Culinary Institute
See this recipe on air Wednesday Mar. 12 at 10:30 AM ET/PT.
Show: Sara's Secrets
Episode: Amazing Grains

This recipe is a great way to introduce grains to the whole family. If rye or wheat berries are not available, no big deal! Substitute any whole grain you like, brown rice, kamut, and wild rice are all great alternatives.
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Salad:
1 pound barley
Salt
1/2 pound rye berries
1/2 pound wheat berries
1 cup pitted, halved kalamata olives
1 cup crumbled feta cheese
1 cup 1/4-inch diced cucumber
1 cup 1/4-inch diced tomato
1/2 cup 1/4-inch diced red onion
1/2 cup chopped parsley leaves
1/2 cup chopped dill
Dressing:
1/4 cup cider vinegar
1/4 cup minced dill
4 cloves garlic, minced
3/4 cup olive oil
Salt and pepper

Make the salad: Bring a large pot of water to a boil. Add the barley and cook for 15 minutes. Using a sieve, remove barley from the water and transfer to a bowl.
Bring the water back to a boil and salt, to taste. Add the barley and rye and wheat berries and cook, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 30 to 40 minutes. Drain, transfer to a bowl, and cool.

When cool, combine with the remaining ingredients.

Meanwhile, make the Dressing: Whisk together the vinegar, dill, and garlic. While whisking, drizzle in the oil to make a smooth dressing. Season with salt and pepper, to taste.

Toss the salad with the dressing and serve.


Roasted Polenta with Garden Vegetables
Recipe courtesy Chef Jon-Paul Hutchins Scottsdale Culinary Institute
Show: Sara's Secrets
Episode: Amazing Grains
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Polenta:
4 cups chicken stock
4 tablespoons butter
2 teaspoons ground black pepper
1 tablespoon salt
2 cups polenta or cornmeal
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
1/2 cup finely shredded basil leaves
Softened butter for the pan
Olive oil, as needed
Marinade and Vegetables:
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1 clove garlic, minced
3/4 cup olive oil
Salt and pepper
2 red onions, cut into 1/2-inch thick slices
2 zucchini, cut into 1/2-inch thick slices on the diagonal
2 yellow squash, cut into 1/2-inch thick slices on the diagonal
2 red bell peppers, cored, seeded, and cut into 2-inch pieces
1/2 pound asparagus, tough ends removed
1/2 pound mushrooms

Make the Polenta: Bring the chicken stock, butter, pepper, and salt to a boil in a heavy-bottomed pot. While whisking the hot stock in a quick circular motion, "rain" in the polenta by letting it stream through your fingers. (This will prevent lumping.)
Reduce the polenta to a gentle simmer; it must be stirred constantly for 25 to 35 minutes to prevent lumps or scorching. Be very careful when stirring, the mixture is very hot (think lava) and can burn you if it boils and sputters. If it begins to boil cover the pot and reduce the heat until boiling stops!

The polenta is cooked when it is no longer grainy and has become creamy. (My grandmother says good polenta takes 30 minutes, great polenta takes 1 hour).

Stir in the Parmesan and basil and pour onto a buttered sheet pan to cool. When cool, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate. Cut the polenta into any shape you desire that's structurally sound. In other words, a shape that won't fall apart on the grill easily, or be difficult to remove from the sheet pan after roasting. Squares, triangles, stars etc.

Make the Marinade and Vegetables: Whisk together the vinegar and garlic. While whisking, drizzle in the oil to make a smooth dressing. Season with salt and pepper, to taste. Toss the vegetables with the marinade.

When ready to serve, preheat an outdoor grill or indoor grill pan.

Brush the polenta lightly on both sides with olive oil and grill, turning once, until the edges are brown and crispy.

At the same time grill the vegetables until they are tender but still firm.

Pile the vegetables on top of the polenta, then stand back and wait for the applause!


Semolina Crema
Recipe courtesy Chef Jon-Paul Hutchins Scottsdale Culinary Institute
See this recipe on air Wednesday Mar. 12 at 10:30 AM ET/PT.
Show: Sara's Secrets
Episode: Amazing Grains
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1/4 cup water
1 1/2 teaspoons unflavored gelatin
2 cups milk
1/2 cup sugar
1/4 cup semolina
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
1 cup heavy cream
2 pints fresh berries, like raspberries, blueberries, and sliced strawberries
Equipment: 9-inch Bundt pan; cheesecloth

Combine gelatin and water in a small bowl and let soften for 5 minutes.
Combine the milk, sugar, and semolina in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil, while stirring constantly with a wooden spoon. When the mixture reaches a boil, stir in the softened gelatin and vanilla. Set aside to cool completely.

Whip the cream to medium stiff peaks and fold into the semolina mixture, working in 3 batches.

Line the bundt pan with moistened cheesecloth. Pour the mixture evenly into the mold and refrigerate until firm, about 2 to 3 hours.

Unmold on a platter, fill the center with fresh berries, and serve.


BfL_Cat
03-25-2008, 12:33 PM
I've made this Greek Grain salad, but instead of using all the individual grains, I substituted 2 packs of the Kashi 7-Grain Pilaf blend. The salad was great - I highly recommend it!
Cindy

cbmare
03-25-2008, 01:23 PM
I'm beginning a new phase of this journey. I tried amaranth grains the other evening. I'm finding that I love grains!

Thanks for these recipes.


SoulBliss
03-25-2008, 01:28 PM
That first recipe would work really well with quinoa.