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Farro and Fried Eggs

What is farro and why in the world would you serve it with bacon and eggs?  Farro is an ancient grain that Italians have been eating for hundreds of years.  More specifically, it is a wheat grain (sorry, not gluten free) and it can usually be found in your local grocery store or specialty market.  You can find farro, spelt, or barley (each can be used interchangeably) in the grain aisle or where you typically find specialty products like Bob’s Red Mill flour and grains.  If you have never tried farro before, I want to encourage you to give it a try.  The flavor is hearty and nutty … a bit like brown rice, but in my opinion much tastier.  It is loaded with fiber, nutrients, and is a complex carbohydrate that will keep you full and feeling satisfied.  For all of these reasons farro is a great choice to add to your repertoire; and because it is so versatile, it can be eaten alone or as a side dish.  Often times farro is added to soups and salads, but an even better alternative is to eat it for breakfast with bacon and eggs.

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I will let you in on a little secret, I do my best to eat a healthy clean diet and so of course my pantry is filled with grains like farro, but … none of the healthy stuff really matters to me if it doesn’t taste good.  What can I say, I’m a food fanatic!  If it doesn’t taste good and feed my soul, I simply won’t eat it.

This recipe is totally and completely inspired by a chef who I went to culinary school with, Ria Dolly Barbosa Wilson. I had the pleasure of visiting Ria at a local LA restaurant, Canele and watched her work the “line”.  I ordered pretty much everything that was on the menu (at Canele’s you have to, the food is fabulous), but by far the farro & fried egg breakfast was my favorite.

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So why would you serve farro with bacon and eggs? One reason, because it tastes good… really good! Check out my full recipe for Farro and Fried Eggs with Ginger, Green Onions and Bacon here.