Wheatberries with Chanterelles, Apples & Winter Greens

This recipes was prepared on November 15, 2009 by Chef Peter Birk of Ray’s Boathouse as part of his Ballard Farmers Market cooking demonstration as part of the Eat Local For Thanksgiving campaign. Wheatberries came Nash's Organic Produce, apples from ACMA Orchards, chanterelles from Foraged & Found Edibles, the small onion from Nature's Last Stand, and the kale from Anselmo Farm, all Ballard Farmers Market vendors.

Ingredients:

  • 4 Tbs. olive oil
  • 1 small onion, minced
  • 1 cup wheatberries
  • 4½ cups broth, stock or water
  • 1 cup chanterelles
  • 1 washington apple, cut into slices
  • 2 cups winter greens, torn in pieces
  • Salt and pepper

Preparation:

In a 5- to 6-quart pan over high heat, heat 2 Tbs. olive oil and add the onion, stir often until browned, about 5 minutes. Add wheatberries to pan and stir until grains are dried, about 2 minutes. Deglaze with a splash of white wine if desired.

Add broth and bring to a boil, then reduce heat, cover pan, and simmer (check and stir occasionally to keep it from boiling over) until wheatberries are tender to bite and no longer tastes starchy, about 50 minutes. Drain the wheatberries and either chill them for later finishing or hold warm to finish sooner.

In a sauté pan, heat remaining 2 Tbs. olive oil over medium high heat. Add chanterelles and apples, cook for 1-2 minutes. Add wheatberries and continue to cook. When mixture is heated through, add the greens and then check for seasoning.