The Chew: Root Vegetable Farrotto Recipe & Valentine’s Day Gifts

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Mario Batali: Creamy Root Vegetable Farrotto Recipe

Still need a menu for your Valentine’s Day meal? To celebrate the holiday of love, Mario Batali and Daphne Oz prepared a flavorful vegetarian side dish. Try Mario’s Creamy Root Vegetable Farrotto recipe for any romantic Valentine’s Day meal.

Farrotto is made with farro, a hearty grain and natural aphrodisiac. Mario prepared his farrotto similar to the way he would prepare a risotto dish. This Creamy Root Vegetable Farrotto would make an incredible side dish for Michael Symon’s slow roasted salmon.

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The Chew: Root Vegetable Farrotto Recipe & Valentine's Day Gifts

Mario Batali prepared a farrotto side dish and Clinton Kelly shared Valentine’s Day gift buying tips on The Chew.

Ingredients For Creamy Root Vegetable Farrotto:

  • 2 cups Farro
  • 3 tablespoons Olive Oil
  • 1 bunch quartered Radishes
  • 1 finely chopped Shallot
  • 2 peeled, julienned Parsnips
  • 2 thinly sliced Garlic cloves
  • 1/2 cup Wine
  • 1 1/2 cups Chicken Stock
  • 1 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano
  • 3 tablespoons freshly chopped Parsley
  • Salt and Pepper

Directions For The Chew’s Farrotto:

  • Bring water and chicken stock to a boil in a medium stock pot. Add salt. Add the farro to the pot and cook for 18 minutes, then drain. Grain should be cooked with a slightly chewy texture.
  • Heat olive oil in a large saute pan over medium-high heat. Add shallot, radish, and salt. Saute 6-8 minutes until radishes are caramelized but still firm. Add parsnips and garlic, sauteing for an additional one minute. Stir in cooked farro.
  • Deglaze the pan with white wine. Add chicken stock and cook until reduced by half.
  • Remove from heat and stir in parmigiano cheese and parsley. Drizzle with olive oil and serve.

Clinton Kelly: Valentine’s Day Gift Buying Tips

Your menu may be all set, but what about your Valentine’s Day gift? Clinton Kelly shared his top shopping tips for Valentine’s Day, including what and what not to get your loved one.

  • Chocolate and flowers are nice, but a little bit boring. Try thinking of a gift that represents your relationship and has a bit more meaning. Homemade cards are a nice, thoughtful idea if you’re strapped for cash.
  • Don’t go overboard if you’ve only been dating a short time. For example, an engraved ring is probably not a good move and will probably scare him/her away. If you’ve been dating less than six months, don’t even exchange gifts – make a fun memory together instead.
  • Don’t go overboard in the wardrobe department, either! Less is more when it comes to red and pink clothes for Valentine’s Day.
  • Lingerie is a great Valentine’s Day gift, but don’t exchange gifts in a public place. Try perfume for a more G-rated gift exchange at the restaurant.
  • Don’t be a Debbie Downer if you’re single on Valentine’s Day. Get together with friends, have a few drinks and have fun!

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