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Thursday, September 1, 2011

Wild Rice and Vegetable Pilaf



From the kitchen of One Perfect Bite...This is an ugly duckling that I had the good fortune to stumble on. It is delicious and I highly recommend this casserole to you. It's wonderful with pork and duck or turkey. From my perspective, the best thing it has going for it, save for its great flavor, is that it can be made ahead of time and rewarmed in the microwave when it's needed. It obviously is a busy cooks delight. I suspect that many of you will question the amount of butter that's used in this recipe. Now, while I hate to say this, you can use half that amount without seriously damaging the taste of this dish, but please don't cut back any further than that. Butter is important to the over-all flavor of this casserole. I hope you'll give this dish a try. It's a wonderful accompaniment for holiday or company meals and I know you like it. Here's the recipe.

Wild Rice and Vegetable Pilaf...from the kitchen of One Perfect Bite

Ingredients:
4 cups chicken broth
3/4 cup uncooked wild rice
1 cup uncooked long grain rice
1 large onion, chopped
2 medium carrots, halved lengthwise and sliced
1 garlic clove, minced
1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
1/2 cup butter, cubed
3 cups fresh broccoli florets
1/4 teaspoon pepper
Salt to taste

Directions:

1) Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Grease a shallow 2-quart casserole.
2) Bring broth to a boil in a large saucepan. Add wild rice and reduce heat. Cover pan and cook for 30 minutes. Add long grain rice and cook, covered, for another 20 to 25 minutes longer, or until liquid is absorbed and rice is tender.
3) Meanwhile, in a large skillet, saute onion, carrots and thyme in butter until vegetables are tender. Add garlic; cook 1 minute longer. Stir in the rice, broccoli and pepper.
4) Transfer to prepared baking dish. Cover and bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until rice is heated through and broccoli is crisp tender. Fluff with fork before serving. Yield: 10 to 12 servings.









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37 comments :

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

A definite on my 'todo' list this looks delicious. Thanks. Take care Diane

Marina said...

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Angie's Recipes said...

Love wild rice and it looks so delicious with all sorts of vegetables.

Karen S Booth said...

That looks fabulous and I LOVE pilav, so that is on my list of to make soon!
Karen @ Lavender and Lovage

Rachana said...

A healthy and a delicious pilaf.

Priyanka said...

Healthy and delicious and totally colorful :)

Happier Than a Pig in Mud said...

I love side dishes like this Mary, it sounds great:@)

Dzoli said...

This would make any dish loki godo.Although it is called rice ,wild rice is not a rice.But who cares.It looks and taste good;)

Alessandra said...

Great recipe Mary! Of course vegetable stock for me :-).

Ciao
Alessandra

Rosemary said...

Yep, you've given me yet another keeper, Mary. I love having make aheads in my arsenal. And I promise, swear, never ever to cut back on the butter.

Priya said...

Flavourful and filling pilaf..

Clint said...

Ummm....looks sooo good.

Kim said...

This pilaf is another great side dish that I really like!

savoringtoday.com said...

Simplicity is always a good idea. This would go with just about any main dish. Thanks.

Rita said...

i often make rice pilaff; my husband loves this. Now I have to try it with wild rice; gotta be good.
Rita

Martha said...

Mary, I'm saving this -- for I love pilafs and right now I'm in the land of the wild rice!!!

Jenn said...

I love rice pilaf..you can pretty much add anything to it!! And honestly, Mary, I don't think it looks that ugly... lots of color, I love it!

yummychunklet said...

Picture perfect pilaf! Great post!

T.W. Barritt at Culinary Types said...

I'll take anything that saves time, and includes a generous helping of butter! That's a beautiful splash of color for any table.

Tasha said...

We love wild rice dishes, yet they rarely get made in our house for some reason. This one looks great.

highplainsdrifters said...

Hmmm ... which one to make ... the healthy wild rice dish ... or your link to the chocolate cake with coffee and kahlua ... not fair, setting us up like that!!

Gloria said...

Dear Mary, these sounds delicious I love pilaf!! gloria

Inspired by eRecipeCards said...

Beautiful colors and keep the butter!

Joanne said...

Doesn't look ugly to me! I love teh texture of wild rice!

sweetcarolinescooking.com said...

I love meals that can be made ahead of time...especially when they're just as delicious reheated. Sounds great, Mary! Hope you're having a good day.

mia maria said...

It looks delicious! So many colors!

EliFla said...

I'm back in Blogland from holidays..and I'm even happy to read your wonderful recipes..hugs, Flavia

Juliana said...

I haven't had wild rice for a while, you just reminded me how tasty they are. Yours with veggies look yummie!
Hope you have a great Labor Day weekend Mary :-)

Anna A. said...

Love dishes like this! I could eat it for din din or breakfast because I am weird like that.

Amy Wilson (StreamingGourmet) said...

Looks delicious. Thanks for linking back to my wild rice recipe. Great to (re)discover your blog. Cheers! -Amy

Style, She Wrote said...

Wow! Your recipes are amazing. Sharing with all my foodie friends!! xo style, she wrote

HOPE said...

Thank you so much Mary, for your very encouraging comment on my blog. I appreciate very much your visits.

I don't think this is an ugly duckling..Look at the colors! and YUM. Thanks for sharing...I'd definetly like this!

Blessings
HOPE

Culinary School: Three Semesters of Life, Learning, and Loss of Blood said...

I haven't had a pilaf since I had to make one for my second term culinary school exam (I wrote about it here, if you're interested: "Culinary School: Three Semesters of Life, Learning, and Loss of Blood," on Amazon Kindle - http://amzn.to/oqXw1R). But, now, seeing this, I'm thinking it is time to make another. Oh yes!

That Girl said...

Can't wait to try this.

PeggyR said...

Oh my that looks so good!

Becki's Whole Life said...

I really like this recipe because not only does it sound yummy, but its a veggie and starch all in one (and it's quite healthy.) Plus it looks like it will yield some leftovers. Great recipe, Mary:-)

Cindy said...

This looks perfect. But I really don't like thyme--should I substitute something else or just leave it out?

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