Wheat berries are the entire wheat kernel (except the hull). A wheat berry contains the bran, germ and endosperm. You can use wheat berries to grind home milled flour, sprout them, or cook with them in a number of wheat berry recipes. When I was sent product to prepare a recipe for my site using KAMUT® wheat berries, I was a bit intimidated. While I know what wheat berries are and have read about cooking with them, I had never actually made any wheat berry recipes myself.
Wheat Berry Recipes
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Since I had a whole chicken I picked up at our food coop, I decided that a KAMUT® Wheat Berry Dressing would be the perfect recipe to try. This recipe was provided to me by KAMUT®. I substituted dried cranberries for the golden raisins the recipe called for since that’s what I had in the pantry.
The first step is to cook the wheat berries so that they are chewy. This takes about two hours so it is best to prepare the recipe ahead of time and then reheat it when you need it.
While you are cooking the wheat berries, you can continue on with the other steps. If everything is hot when you place it in the baking dish, you really only need to cook it for a few minutes. You could probably skip the cooking in the oven step if you wanted to as well.
- 2 cups chicken or vegetable stock
- 2 cups water
- 1 pound fresh Shitake mushrooms (remove stems for use and finely slice the caps)
- 1 cup KAMUT wheat berries
- 1 cup wild rice
- 1½ cup golden raisins
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 finely chopped medium onions
- 2 finely chopped Granny Smith apples
- 1 Bay leaf
- 1 tbsp chopped fennel seeds
- salt & pepper
- Boil the water and add KAMUT berries. Cover and simmer for 2 hours until plump and chew, adding more water as necessary. Drain and let cool.
- Combine chicken stock and shitake mushroom stalks. Boil, remove from heat and steep for 30 minutes.
- Strain stock,return to saucepan, add wild rice, salt and bay leaf. Cover and cook for one hour, adding more liquid during cooking if necessary.
- Heat 2 tbsp olive oil in a non stick pan and add onions, salt and pepper and cook until brown. Add the apples and fennel seeds and continue cooking for another 3 minutes.
- Transfer to a large shallow baking dish. Add the last tbsp of oil to the pan and cook sliced shitake mushrooms until brown. Season with salt and pepper and add to the baking dish. Stir KAMUT, wild rice and golden raisins into the dish, cover and bake in 400F oven for 24-30 minutes. Can be kept in refrigerator for up to 2 days. Reheat before serving or use as stuffing for the bird.
KAMUT® has a variety of different products including wheat berries, pasta, flours and mixes. Now that I know how to use wheat berries, I will definitely be trying more wheat berry recipes.