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Wild Rice Dressing
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This is the wild rice dish that will have the whole table talking. Nutty and seasonal grains, smoky bacon, fresh herbs, earthy mushrooms, and the fruit of the fall’s cranberries make this a reason to go back to the kitchen for a second helping.
serves 6-8


  • 1-1/2 cups wild rice
  • 2-1/4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
  • 1 dried bay leaf
  • Salt and pepper
  • 4 slices bacon (or substitute vegetarian bacon), chopped
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 8 ounces mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 stalks celery, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh sage
  • 1/4 cup chopped almonds
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup freshly grated parmesan cheese, optional
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  1. Add wild rice, chicken broth, bay leaf, and a pinch of salt to a 2 quart saucepan then bring to a boil. Place a lid on top then turn heat down to low and simmer for 1 hour to 1 hour and fifteen minutes or until rice is al dente. Let pan sit off the heat with the lid on for 5 minutes then remove bay leaf, fluff rice with a fork, and set aside.
  2. Meanwhile, brown bacon in a large, 12-inch skillet over medium heat then transfer to a bowl, reserving bacon fat in skillet. Turn heat up to medium-high then melt butter in skillet and add onion, mushrooms, and celery. Once mushrooms have released their liquid and begin to brown, add dried thyme then season with salt and pepper. Sauté until mushrooms are golden brown and vegetables are tender, 8-10 minutes. Add garlic and fresh sage then sauté until garlic is very fragrant and golden brown, 1-2 minutes.
  3. Remove skillet from heat then add cooked wild rice, cooked bacon, chopped almonds, dried cranberries, and parmesan cheese to skillet then stir well to combine. Add a splash of chicken broth if you need to loosen the stuffing up a bit. Add salt and pepper if needed and then serve.
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