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Wild Rice with Cranberries & Pecans

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“I love this dish! It is one of my favorite side dishes. It's modified from a recipe by Diane Morgan in her book, The Thanksgiving Table. It can be a side dish, or a stuffing for poultry. It is not sweet at all, but the cranberries give a nice contrast with the rest of the ingredients.”
1hr 10mins

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine the rice, barley, salt, broth and water in a saucepan, bring to a boil, reduce the heat to a simmer, partially cover and cook, stirring occasionally, until the rice is tender, about 40 minutes.
  2. If any liquid is still remaining after the rice is cooked, drain the rice.
  3. Heat the olive oil and saute the onion, garlic, celery and carrot until slightly soft but not brown about 3 minutes.
  4. Sprinkle with the salt, cover the pan, adjust the heat to med-low and cook the vegetables until crisp-tender, 5 minutes longer.
  5. Add the sage, thyme and parsley and saute 1 minute more.
  6. Remove from heat.
  7. Mix in the rice, the pecans and the cranberries.
  8. Taste and adjust the salt and pepper to taste.
  9. Note 1- substitutions: you can substitute any nut for the pecans (try walnuts or hazelnuts).
  10. You can use all wild rice or all barley.
  11. Note 2- this recipe was originally a stuffing recipe, but I like it as a side dish.
  12. You can certainly use it to stuff poultry, though.

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