Wheat Berry Recipes: KAMUT Wheat Dressing

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: KAMUT Wheat Dressing

Wheat Berry Recipes

KAMUT® guarantees that this wheat will always be non-GMO and hasn’t been modified or altered. KAMUT® Wheat is grown under strict quality and purity production guidelines and is exclusively grown certified organic. I love knowing that KAMUT® Wheat is organic and non-GMO.

Wheat Berry Recipes: KAMUT Wheat Dressing

KAMUT Wheat Berries uncooked

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.

Wheat Berry Recipes: KAMUT Wheat Dressing

Wheat berries after simmering for two hours

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.

Wheat Berry Recipes: KAMUT Wheat Dressing

Uncooked KAMUT Khorasan Wheat Dressing

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.

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KAMUT Wheat Dressing
 
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Serves: 8
Ingredients
  • 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
Instructions
  1. 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.
  2. Combine chicken stock and shitake mushroom stalks. Boil, remove from heat and steep for 30 minutes.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. 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.

Wheat Berry Recipes: KAMUT Wheat Dressing

Cooked KAMUT Wheat Dressing

Wheat Berry Recipes: KAMUT Wheat Dressing

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.

 

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About Ellen Christian

Ellen is a busy mom of two teenagers who left the corporate world in 2008 to focus on a more eco-friendly life. She lives in rural Vermont where she juggles family, two blogs and a career in social media.

Comments

  1. I have always been curious about wheat berries, and now I have a better idea about the healthy grain.  I will definitely have to try your recipe.  It looks hearty for a toasty winter meal.

  2. Yum that looks great! I’ve never cooked with wheat berries before. I bet this would be good in the crockpot too! 

  3. I love Wheat Berries! They are packed full of great flavor. This looks like a fantastic recipe. 

  4. I can’t say I’ve ever heard of wheat berries before your post but they look quite interesting! I would definitely be a little intimidated to cook with them, too though; it looks like you did a fabulous job! That’s quite a healthy, organic meal you produced there :)

  5. I love Kamut and this dressing looks awesome. I would sub cranberries and walnuts  for the rasins and apples as I dont care for those. The grains are yummy

  6. I learn something new every time I visit your site! I’ve never heard of wheat berries before, thanks for sharing your recipe!

  7. Your recipe looks pretty easy! Thanks for the head’s up that it takes two hours, this is definitely a make-ahead of time recipe!

  8. I didn’t even know there was such a thing as wheat berries. This dish looks amazing – and I would assume very filling. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

  9. That looks like a great way to change up rice. This is definitely something I’d like to try!

  10. I’ve never had wheat berries before. They look amazing and really healthy!

  11. I have never cooked with wheat berries before, but am excited to try something different with your recipe. 

  12. What berries do look super cool! I never knew they existed, but will probably never be able to try them since my daughter is celiacs. 

  13. That looks so good, I cannot wait to try it. Thanks so much for the great recipe.

  14. This looks really good!  I love the combo of the rice with berries! 

  15. Crissy Beam says:

    I will definitely have to try this recipe! Looks so good, thanks for sharing!! 

  16. Now that’s whole living – I wasn’t sure about the principle of the whole berry, but your dressing looks great! The cranberries give it some color.

  17. I’ve never eaten wheat berries before but your recipe sounds delicious and makes me want to try!

  18. I’ve heard a lot about wheat berries lately but wasn’t sure how they were used. Thanks for the recipe!

  19. I bought wheat berries with no plans, now I have a plan! Thank you!!!

  20. I have ground up wheat berries to make flour, but I’ve never just cooked them. Looks yummy with the cranberries.

  21. Huh… I have never tried this, but would definitely like to. Looks tasty!

  22. I have never heard of wheat berries, but they sure do look like they make a great side dish! I really like that they are non-GMO…we are working to clear out more processed foods from our diets.

  23. That looks really good! I have never tried anything like this! 

  24. This looks amazing! I think this would be an amazing recipe to try in the new year!! Wheat berries.. very cool! 

  25. That is something I have never tried. Love new recipes! Thanks for sharing!

  26. This looks delicious! I’ve never made a dish like this… if I did my family would be shocked and excited!

  27. I am looking forward to trying something new with your recipe. It looks fantastic!

  28. I’d love to try these! They look so good!

  29. Wow, that looks very good.  I have always wondered about wheat berries.  I will have to try this after the holidays.

  30. I have wheat berries in the pantry. Very easy to use and super healthy!

  31. I had never heard of Wheat Berries. Thank you for introducing me to something new, the recipe sounds yummy!

  32. This sounds delicious! I always like to try new recipes for the boys.

  33. we’ve never tried this but there sure are a LOT of things in it we enjoy! 

  34. Wow! What a delicious chicken! I love chicken dishes.

  35. I haven’t had wheat berries in years, since I was a little girl and my paternal grandmother made them for breakfast! I’m thinking about trying them again!

  36. I have had wheat berry bread before but I have never just eaten it. It looks great.

  37. Wow that looks delicious and healthy! 

  38. Interesting recipe and it looks healthy too! Thanks, I’m always looking for simple and quick sides. 

  39. we haven’t tried wheat berries before, ellen. i think we need to. :) this looks delish

  40. It’s so funny that you posted this, because I just made an old favorite wheat berry recipe on Monday and took pictures so I could finally share the recipe! My sister introduced me to cooking with wheat berries years ago, and we LOVE using them!

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