Food / Mind / Body

Food Porn: Fregola with Charred Onions and Roasted Cherry Tomatoes

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. PREPARE THE TOMATOES Preheat the oven to 300°. On a rimmed baking sheet, toss the tomatoes with the olive oil. Add the rosemary and thyme sprigs and season with salt and pepper. Bake for about 40 minutes, until the tomatoes are ready to burst. Strip the crispy leaves from the herb stems; discard the stems. Increase the oven temperature to 350°.
  2. PREPARE THE ONIONS Light a grill or preheat a grill pan. Brush the onions with olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Grill over moderately high heat until nicely charred but still crisp in the center, about 3 minutes per side.
  3. PREPARE THE ONIONS Transfer the onions to a baking dish. Add the vinegar and the 1/4 cup of olive oil and bake for 20 minutes, until tender. Let the onions cool in the liquid, then coarsely chop them. Reserve the liquid.
  4. MAKE THE FREGOLA Bring a large pot of salted water to a boil. Add the fregola and cook, stirring occasionally, until the fregola is al dente, about 15 minutes. Drain and transfer to a large bowl.
  5. MAKE THE FREGOLA While the fregola is still warm, add the onions and their cooking liquid, along with the tomatoes and crispy herbs. Stir in the vinegar and olive oil and season with salt and pepper. Garnish with the basil and serve.

This is an easy recipe to follow and to make slight modifications to in order to match your preferred meal. For me, this means adding additional protein, whether it be some chicken, fish, or even seared steak!

 

Give it a try and let me know how it tastes…and don’t worry…mine never comes out like the photo either!!