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Maple Roasted Feta with Sweet Potatoes, Farro and Kale


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Ingredients

Farro

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 cup farro, rinsed
  • 3 cups chicken broth

Roasted Sweet Potatoes

  • 3 medium sweet potatoes, cut into 1” cubes
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1 pinch salt (to taste)
  • 1 pinch pepper (to taste)

Roasted Feta

  • 1 7-ounce slab feta (blotted dry)
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup from Canada

Tahini Dressing

  • 1/4 cup tahini
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
  • 2 cloves garlic (grated or minced)
  • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup from Canada
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1-2 tbsp water (if needed)

To Finish

  • 3 cups kale, finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup parsley, finely chopped

Method

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  2. In a small pot, heat olive oil over medium-low heat. Add the garlic and cook for about 30 seconds, just until fragrant. Add the rinsed farro and stir, allowing it to toast for about 1 minute. Pour in broth and bring to a boil. Cook for 30-35 minutes, uncovered, until most of the liquid is absorbed. Remove from heat, cover with a lid and set aside.
  3. Combine sweet potatoes, olive oil and spices in a large bowl. Toss to combine.
  4. Spread potatoes evenly on a baking sheet, and season with salt and pepper. Bake for 35 minutes, until crispy and golden.
  5. Meanwhile, line a small ovenproof dish or saute pan with foil and place the feta on top. Drizzle with olive oil. Once the sweet potatoes have been in the oven for 20 minutes, add the feta to the oven and cook for the last 15 minutes of cooking time.
  6. Remove the sweet potatoes and feta from the oven and preheat the broiler to high. Drizzle the feta with the maple syrup. Broil until the top of the cheese browns and just starts to bubble.
  7. Add the kale to the bowl that the potatoes were in along with 1 TBSP olive oil and a sprinkle of salt. Then use your hands to gently massage for 1-2 minutes, until tender. Set aside.
  8. Make the dressing by whisking together tahini, lemon juice, garlic, maple syrup. Add extra water if needed to thin. Taste and season with salt and pepper.
  9. Add the sweet potatoes and farro to the bowl with the kale and toss to combine. Top with cranberries, parsley, and dressing then mix to combine.
  10. Serve on a platter, topped with roasted feta.
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Influenced by international travel, vineyard visits & her Italian Nana, Erin Lynch’s blog, Platings and Pairings sets out to share easy, approachable recipes with an international flair. She wants her readers to have fun in the kitchen! That’s why most of her recipes will be ready in under 30-minutes. And that’s also why she shares wine pairing suggestions to best compliment those dishes. Pour a glass, turn on the stove, and enjoy!