Sunday, December 4, 2011

Fregola Pudding

Fregola Sarda.  No, not fraggle rock.  Fregola is a toasted Sardinian pasta similar to couscous.  Made from durum wheat and toasted, fregola is a coarsely textured, nutty pasta.   I recently received a sample of fregola from Marx Foods for a challenge... to make dessert!





Along with the fregola, we got samples of star anise, vanilla beans and saffron.  I chose the saffron and got to work, creating a pudding with persian flavors.  With hints of rosewater, coconut and saffron, this fregola pudding was delightful.  I loved the contrast of textures between the chewy fregola and crunchy pistachios.




Fregola Pudding
Recipe by Shannon
Serves 2

1 can light coconut milk
2c unsweetened almond milk
1/2c fregola sarda (or your favorite grain)
1/2c evaporated cane juice (or granulated sugar)
2T rosewater
scant 1/2t saffron
chopped pistachios, for garnish

Combine all ingredients (except pistachios) in a medium pot, crushing the saffron between your fingers as you add it to the pot.  Heat over medium heat until the milk begins to boil, then reduce heat to low and simmer 30-45min, until most of the milk is absorbed and fregola tender.   Serve warm or RT, topped with chopped pistachios.



Have you ever tried fregola?

Disclaimer:  The fregola and saffron used in the creation of this recipe were free samples provided by Marx Foods.

26 comments:

Lisa (bakebikeblog) said...

I have never even heard of it!!!

Reeni said...

The flavors you infused into this sound lovely! I have been trying to find fregola in my small town with no luck.

Megan said...

I haven't tried it, but I really do want to pick up a package and make a savory dish with it. Maybe I'll try a sweet one at some point too!

Erica said...

Ive never heard of this! How yummy- love the coconut milk in there

Ricki said...

I've never heard of fregola, but it does sound good! I can see making this with gf grains. . .yum!

Emily @ A Cambridge Story said...

So interesting !'ve never even heard of fregola. But it looks creamy and yummy!

Tiny Urban Kitchen said...

Gorgeous! I love it, and no, I've never heard of it either!

Joanne said...

whenever I see the word "fregola" I always think it means strawberries because the two words are very similar in Italian. :P

I LOVE rice pudding but I'm pretty sure I love the texture of fregola more than I do rice. How delicious!

5 Star Foodie said...

A gorgeous dessert, I love the flavors with the saffron and rosewater, and love the pistachios on top! An excellent idea!

Fun and Fearless in Beantown said...

You make some of the most interesting dishes with these challenges!

Kelly said...

I love the ethnic influence here and of course, learning about a new ingredient. This looks awesome and I especially love it with the pistachios on top.

Natalie said...

I've never heard of fregola but I'm impressed with what you did with it!

Biz said...

Nope, never even heard of it - so creative Shannon!

Elizabeth said...

I love the bright green and yellow. This sounds so good!

Kerstin said...

What a sophisticated dessert! It sounds so well balanced and tasty. I've never had fregola before, but now I want to try it!

Cotter Crunch said...

this looks like tapicoa almost, but way better!! but not gluten free? sad face.

Aimee said...

I have never even heard of Fregola, but that pudding sounds really yummy!

Libby said...

Oh, those pistachios look amazing, I bet they were the perfect crunchy flavor contrast for the pudding! Great idea!

Simply Life said...

I hadn't heard of this- great to know!

Cathy W said...

Nice recipe! Wasn't this fun? Good luck! :)

Amy said...

Apparently, great minds think alike! We both created a pudding recipe for the Fregola contest. :) Love your use of cane juice in the recipe. I'm glad to get to know your blog through the Marx Foods contest.

Amy @ uTryIt

zestybeandog said...

I like the pistachio addition, I bet it tastes great!

Angela from Adesina's Kitchen said...

Nice fraggle rock reference! And I love the flavor profile of saffron, pistachios and rosewater. This recipe looks like a keeper!

nico. said...

Of all the fregola puddings entered, you definitely have some interesting flavors infused into yours. I also love your serving it in a tumbler; super cute.

Shawnee said...

That pudding looks so creamy and delicious. I love the extra crunch added by the pistachios.

Elina (Healthy and Sane) said...

I've never tried fregola (I don't think... maybe in a restaurant at some point?) and I love how you went Persian here. Very creative and I'm certain - delicious :)

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