Brussels Sprouts with Bacon

Sautéed in chicken broth and tossed with garlic and shallots, these Brussels sprouts pair beautifully with bacon.

Ingredients:
1 pound (about 4-5 cups) Brussels sprouts, trimmed and cut in half
2 cups Skagit River Ranch bacon ends, chopped into bite-size pieces (as necessary)
1 large shallot, peeled and minced
4 garlic cloves, peeled and minced
¾ cup chicken stock
Sea salt and fresh ground pepper

Method:
1. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add bacon, and sauté for 5-8 minutes or until bacon begins to brown. Remove pan from heat. Remove the bacon from pan with a slotted spoon, reserving 1 tablespoon drippings in pan (discard any remaining drippings).

2. Return pan to medium-high heat, and stir in bacon, shallot, and Brussels sprouts; sauté 4 minutes. Add garlic, and sauté for 4 minutes or until garlic begins to brown, stirring frequently. Add the chicken broth, and bring to a boil. Cook for 2 minutes or until the broth mostly evaporates and the sprouts are crisp-tender, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat; stir in salt and pepper.

Baked Tomatoes with Farro & Feta

This flavorful and satisfying main dish is stuffed with hearty farro, tangy feta cheese and fresh herbs.

Ingredients:
4 heirloom tomatoes, halved
¾ cup cooked farro
¼ cup crumbled feta cheese
2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more for drizzling
1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
1 clove garlic, finely chopped
1 shallot, finely chopped
1 teaspoon finely chopped Anaheim pepper

Method:
1. Preheat the oven to 450°.

2. Slice the tomatoes from core to core. Remove and discard the seeds and juice, and add the tomatoes to a casserole dish. Drizzle with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

3. Combine the 2 tablespoons olive oil, farro, feta cheese, parsley, garlic, shallot and Anaheim pepper with some salt and pepper together in a small bowl. Fill the tomatoes with the mixture. Bake 20 minutes. Drizzle with a splash of olive oil before serving.

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