Warm Rye Berries with Apple and Scallions
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WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS
The earthy, nutty flavor and firm chew of whole grains make them an ideal choice for a hearty side dish. We found it easiest (and fastest) to cook the rye berries like pasta, simply simmering the kernels in a pot of water until they were te...
GATHER YOUR INGREDIENTS
BEFORE YOU BEGIN
Soaking the rye berries in water overnight will shorten the cooking time to 40 to 55 minutes. We like this dish made with rye, but any hearty grain will work. Serve as a side dish to meat or poultry.
Bring 2 quarts water to boil in large saucepan. Stir in rye berries and 2 teaspoons salt. Return to boil; reduce heat; and simmer until tender, 50 minutes to 1 hour 10 minutes. Drain well. Spread on rimmed baking sheet and let cool for at least 15 minutes (rye berries can be refrigerated in airtight container for up to 2 days).
Melt butter in 12-inch skillet over medium heat. Add scallion whites, apple, pepper, fennel seeds, and salt and cook, stirring frequently, until apple starts to soften, 2 to 4 minutes. Add rye berries and cook until warmed through, 2 to 5 minutes. Off heat, stir in vinegar and scallion greens. Season with salt and pepper to taste, and serve.