Recipe: Wild Rice Cranberry Pilaf

Wild rice not only imparts a wonderful nutty flavor to dishes, the color adds a beautiful contrast to any meal. While not directly related to the rice we normally think of, it acts much the same way in cooking and consistency. Infused with chicken broth and the addition of slightly sweet cranberries and  makes this a desirable side dish at any holiday get together.

*now in order to be completely honest with you….my husband was not a fan of this dish. Then again, he’s not a fan of anything that has both savory and sweet notes of flavor. It’s also been duly noted that he does not want me to make this for dinner again. So I guess I’ll have to make it for lunch where I can enjoy it all to myself as I enjoyed it quite a bit!

Wild Rice Cranberry Pilaf

In a 3+ quart saucepan, melt butter and saute onions until softened. Add the 2 cups of rice and stir until well combined.

So pretty already isn’t it?

Add in the seasonings, bay leaf, and cranberries as well as the chicken broth, heat until simmering.

From here you can cover and simmer over low heat for 35 minutes or until no liquid remains, or if you need the stove-top you can pour it into a 2 quart casserole dish (covered) and bake for 45-60 minutes (in a 375 degree oven) or until liquid is absorbed. Once finished cooking, remove the bay leaf, add the chopped parsley and chopped nuts, stirring to combine.

Enjoy!!

*nourishing notes: It would be best to use a homemade chicken broth to infuse this dish with as many nutrients as possible, but you may need to adjust salt and pepper accordingly, based on the flavor of your own broth. It’s also best to soak the rice overnight in warm water so as to reduce the phytic acid and therefore increase the amount of nutrients we are able to absorb. If you soak the rice, strain prior to adding to the sautéed onion, and reduce the broth by one cup.

This dish is my participation in the Whole Foods for the Holidays, real food progressive dinner – side dishes. My dear friend Kimi is hosting the link up this week, and we;d love to have you join us and link up your own recipe!

Recipe: Wild Rice Cranberry Pilaf
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Recipe type: Side Dishes
 
Ingredients
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • ½ chopped onion
  • 4 cups chicken broth (*see nourishing notes)
  • 1 cup wild rice (*see nourishing notes)
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • ⅓ cup dried cranberries (use low to no sugar)
  • 1 bay leaf
  • ¼ tsp ground thyme
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • pinch of pepper
  • ½ cup crispy walnuts or pecans
  • ⅓ cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
Method of Preparation
  1. In a 3+ quart saucepan, melt butter and saute onions until softened. Add the 2 cups of rice and stir until well combined.
  2. Add in the seasonings, bay leaf, and cranberries as well as the chicken broth, heat until simmering.
  3. Cover and simmer over low heat for 35 minutes or until no liquid remains, or you can pour it into a 2 quart casserole dish (covered) and bake for 45-60 minutes (in a 375 degree oven) or until liquid is absorbed.
  4. Once finished cooking, remove the bay leaf, add the chopped parsley and chopped nuts, stirring to combine.
Notes
*Nourishing notes: It would be best to use a homemade chicken broth to infuse this dish with as many nutrients as possible, but you may need to adjust salt and pepper accordingly, based on the flavor of your own broth. It’s also best to soak the rice overnight in warm water so as to reduce the phytic acid and therefore increase the amount of nutrients we are able to absorb. If you soak the rice, strain prior to adding to the sautéed onion, and reduce the broth by one cup.

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Donielle is an amateur herbalist and natural momma to two littles (with another babe in heaven) after dealing with being less than fertile. She has a passion for nourishing nutrition, natural living, and spreading the word on how food truly affects our health.

Comments

  1. This sounds good! I’ll have to try it. I recently made corn bread wild rice muffins that remind me of this recipe… the flavors go well together!

    donielle Reply:

    @JusFrugal, Send me the recipe for the muffins? :-) donielle at naturallyknockedup.com

  2. This is a great recipe! I am so glad that I found your site – very much inline with my cooking style. I’m only sad I didn’t find it earlier to participate in the Progressive Dinner!!

    donielle Reply:

    @MarocMama, If you have recipes, you can go ahead and link them up at anytime during the event!

  3. If I want to bake the wild rice pilaf @ what temperature?

    donielle Reply:

    @Lee, Doh! Bake at 375 degrees! Thanks for pointing that out – I’ll go make sure to add it into the post now.

  4. Charlene S. says:

    In this wild rice pilaf/cranberries recipe-you dont say how many servings-I see the 3 qt dish- but….thanks for help! Charlene Bethlehem, PA

    donielle Reply:

    @Charlene S., I would say 6-8 servings as a side dish!

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