Rye berries are a chewy, aromatic whole grain. Chef Kyle Bailey matches them with sweet-tangy cranberries, rich sausage and caramelized squash for a main-course salad.
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10 ounces rye berries (1 1/2 cups)
1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup finely chopped onion
5 3/4 cups chicken stock
1/2 butternut squash—peeled, seeded and cut into 1-inch pieces
Freshly ground white pepper
3/4 cup apple cider
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
2 allspice berries
1/3 cup fresh or frozen cranberries
1/2 cup fresh orange juice
1/4 cup ruby port
1 pound loose, uncooked garlic-pork sausage (removed from casings)
2 cups packed baby arugula
2 tablespoons chopped tarragon
2 tablespoons white balsamic vinegar
How to Make It
In a large, dry saucepan, toast the rye berries over moderate heat, stirring, until they start to pop and are lightly toasted, 5 minutes. Transfer to a medium bowl. In the same saucepan, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Add the onion and cook over moderate heat, stirring, until softened, 3 minutes. Add the toasted rye berries and 5 cups of the stock and season with salt. Bring to a simmer, cover and cook over moderate heat until tender, 1 hour and 45 minutes. Drain and spread on a baking sheet to cool to room temperature.
Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350°. Spread the squash on a rimmed baking sheet and season with salt and white pepper. Add the cider, butter, allspice, and the remaining ¾ cup of stock. Roast for 1 hour, stirring, until the liquid has evaporated and the squash is tender. Discard the allspice. Transfer the squash to a large serving bowl.
In a small saucepan, combine the cranberries, orange juice and port and bring to a simmer. Cook over moderate heat, stirring, until the cranberries start to pop, about 5 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer the cranberries to a bowl. Continue to simmer the liquid until syrupy, about 10 minutes. Cool the syrup to room temperature, then stir in the cranberries.
In a large nonstick skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of the olive oil. Add the sausage and cook over moderately high heat, stirring to break up the meat, until lightly golden and cooked through, 4 to 5 minutes. Add the sausage, rye berries, cranberries, arugula and tarragon to the bowl with the squash.
In a small bowl, whisk the remaining 1/4 cup of olive oil with the balsamic vinegar; season with salt. Toss the vinaigrette with the salad in the bowl and serve.
Review Body: First off, the ratios in this recipe seem very off. There is a lot of grain compared to the other ingredients and the cranberries are so few that you can't tell they are in the salad. I had even cut down the amount of grain by a third and kept the cranberry component as called out in the recipe. Secondly, there's very little flavor to the dish over all. Third, and this is a complaint I have about a lot of F&W recipes, this made a lot more than what I would consider 6 servings, even with the grain cut down by a third. Will not be making this again.