Wheat Berries with Cauliflower, Almonds and Mint

Mint adds freshness while almonds bring out the nuttiness of the wheat berries in this great wintry side dish.

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  • Servings: 4
  • Time(Other): plus overnight soaking

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  • 1/3 cup blanched almonds
  • 1 cup wheat berries, soaked overnight and drained
  • Kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 medium onion, cut into 1/2-inch dice
  • 1 head of cauliflower (2 1/4 pounds), cut into 1-inch florets
  • 1 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 6 mint leaves, finely chopped

How to make this recipe

  1. Preheat the oven to 350°. Spread the almonds in a pie plate and toast for 8 minutes, until fragrant and golden. Let the almonds cool, then coarsely chop.

  2. In a large saucepan, cover the wheat berries with 8 cups of water. Add 2 teaspoons of salt and bring to a simmer. Cook the wheat berries over moderate heat until tender but still chewy, about 45 minutes. Drain well.

  3. Meanwhile, in a large, deep skillet, heat the olive oil. Add the onion and cook over moderate heat until slightly softened, about 3 minutes. Add the cauliflower and cook over moderately high heat until it begins to brown, about 6 minutes. Add the chicken broth, cover and simmer over moderate heat until the cauliflower is just tender, about 5 minutes. Uncover the skillet and cook until all of the broth has evaporated but the vegetables are still moist, about 5 minutes. Remove from the heat and stir in the butter. Season with salt and pepper.

  4. In a medium bowl, mix the wheat berries with the cauliflower, toasted almonds and mint and season with salt and pepper. Serve warm or at room temperature.

Contributed By Photo © Lucy Schaeffer Published July 2012

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