Cranberry Week – Wild Rice Pilaf With Honey, Dried Cranberries, and Pecans

Wild Rice is an aquatic cereal grain that grows “wild” in isolated lake and river bed areas located primarily within the continent of North America. It is also native to ecologically similar regions located on the continent of Asia. This evolutionarily ancient grain has been found in layers of the earth dating back some 12,000 years. In addition to its role as an important food staple for ancestral peoples, it has provided a unique habitat for fish and waterfowl for thousands of years.

Ingredients:

  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • 2 Tbs. unsalted butter
  • 1 Tb. canola or grapeseed oil
  • 3 large shallots, minced
  • 2 cups wild rice or 2 cups short-grain brown
    rice, or a mixture
  • 1⁄2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 fresh thyme sprigs or 1⁄4 tsp. dried thyme,
    crumbled
  • 1/2 tsp. fine sea salt, plus more, to taste
  • 1/8 tsp. freshly ground white pepper, plus
    more, to taste
  • 1⁄2 cup pecans, toasted and coarsely chopped
  • 1⁄4 cup minced fresh flat-leaf parsley

Directions:

Preheat an oven to 375°F. In a saucepan over medium-low heat, bring the stock to a simmer.In a heavy 2-qt. flameproof casserole over medium heat, melt the butter with the oil. Add the shallots and sauté until translucent, 2 to 3 minutes. Add the rice and stir until the grains are well coated, about 3 minutes. Stir in the simmering stock, dried cranberries, honey, bay leaf, thyme, the 1/2 tsp. sea salt and the 1/8 tsp. white pepper. Bring to a simmer, stir and cover. Transfer the casserole to the oven and bake until all the liquid has been absorbed and the rice is tender, 40 to 45 minutes.Remove from the oven. Remove and discard the bay leaf and the thyme sprigs, if used. Taste and adjust the seasonings. Stir in the pecans and parsley. Serve hot or warm.
Serves 8 to 10.

16 thoughts on “Cranberry Week – Wild Rice Pilaf With Honey, Dried Cranberries, and Pecans

  1. […] Cranberry Week – Wild Rice Pilaf With Honey, Dried Cranberries, and Pecans (romancingthebee.com) […]

  2. It is my favorite plain but now I shall embellish mine with your selections of awesome healthy extras Thanks and my book, they said it will be here on Tuesday! Hope your sales are rocketing!
    Eunice

  3. […] Cranberry Week – Wild Rice Pilaf With Honey, Dried Cranberries, and Pecans (romancingthebee.com) […]

  4. Ooooh! how did I miss this one? Must try.

  5. […] Cranberry Week – Wild Rice Pilaf With Honey, Dried Cranberries, and Pecans (romancingthebee.com) […]

  6. CJ says:

    Can’t wait to make this, good job!

  7. […] Cranberry Week – Wild Rice Pilaf With Honey, Dried Cranberries, and Pecans (romancingthebee.com) […]

  8. […] Cranberry Week – Wild Rice Pilaf With Honey, Dried Cranberries, and Pecans (romancingthebee.com) […]

  9. Reblogged this on Romancing the Bee and commented:

    While we’re on the subject of Wild Rice…

  10. andy1076 says:

    mmmmmm I love wild rice, healthy and so good 🙂

  11. mieprowan says:

    I have the good fortune to have a pecan tree, and this looks like a great idea for using some! Will try, thanks.

  12. Mmmmmm. I may try this over Thanksgiving. Thank you.

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