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"And they bought an Owl, and a useful Cart,/ And a pound of Rice, and a Cranberry Tart."
-Edward Lear, Poet

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This is the perfect recipe for holiday meals. The savory mushrooms and wild rice combine with the sweet cranberries to hit all the taste buds. Serve this with holiday turkey or roast pork tenderloin.

Wild Rice

I adore wild rice. It has a great nutty flavor that's different from almost any other grain. It's terrific because it adds so much variety to your recipes and works so well with almost any other ingredient. You can serve it by itself or with conventional rice, lentils or corn. It makes great salads and is wonderful in soup.

There are a number of types of wild rice on the market and it's a good idea to look carefully at the package to know what you're getting. Like conventional rice, wild rice comes in a variety of lengths including long, medium and short grain.

Black wild rice is essentially the whole grain, having most of the bran layer in place. As a result the rice will take longer to cook -- about 45 minutes -- and be chewier when finished.

Brown wild rice has had some of the bran layer removed and consequently cooks in less time, taking only about 30 minutes. It is not as chewy as black wild rice and the wild flavor is not as strong.

Blond wild rice has had most of the bran removed. It cooks quickly - in about 15 - 20 minutes. I'm not as fond of blond varieties because there's a loss of much of the wild nutty flavor.

Most wild rice comes from one of three areas. In the U.S. rice is grown in both in the upper Midwest and in California. For the most part California rice is cultivated and is fatter and longer. Other American rice is shorter and thin and is both harvested wild as well as from cultivated rice farms. Canadian rice is long and thin and, like that in the Midwest, both harvested wild and cultivated.

Wild rice is technically not a rice but the seed of the grass Zizania palustris. The grass grows in lakes predominantly in the northern states of the U.S. and Canada. Traditionally known as "manoomin" and long harvested by Native Americans, much of our knowledge of the cycle of growth and collection comes from the Ojibwe. Ricing is the term used for collection, being traditionally done in canoes by gathering the tops of the grass and beating the seed into the flat bottom of the boat.

When I purchase rice I will generally buy both black and brown varieties and have both in my pantry. I do particularly love the Native Harvest brand of hand harvested rice from the White Earth Indian Reservation in Ogema, MN. I found this brown wild rice originally at the National Museum of the American Indian and have since been ordering it online at www.nativeharvest.com. I also enjoy the popular brand from the Lundberg family farms in California. Their black organic wild rice is particularly good. Both of these brands are a little more expensive but the quality is consistently good.

1/4 cup raw wild rice = 143 calories, 0 g fat, 0 g sat fat, 0 g mono fat, 6 g protein, 30 g carbohydrates, 3 mg sodium, 0 mg cholesterol, Vitamin K 1 mcg.


 

Wild Rice with Cranberries



Servings = 4 | Serving size =about 1 1/2 cups

Cooking Time = 60 Minutes

This recipe can be multiplied by 2, 3, 4.

This recipe can be divisible by 2.

This recipe does not make very good leftovers.

3 cups water
1 cup wild rice
1 tsp olive oil
1 small onion (diced)
8 ounces crimini mushrooms (sliced)
1/4 cup dried sweetened cranberries
1/4 cup chopped pecans
1 Tbsp fresh rosemary
1/2 tsp salt

In a medium sauce pan, heat the water and salt. When the water boils, stir in the wild rice. Reduce heat to medium-low and simmer, partially covered, for about 40 minutes. Do not boil away all of the liquid and do not stir the rice.

When a very small amount of liquid remains, remove the pan from the burner and let it stand, covered, for 5 minutes.

While the rice is cooking place the olive oil in a large skillet. Add the onion and cook for about 3 minutes, tossing frequently.

Add the mushrooms, cranberries and pecans. Toss until well blended. Add the rosemary and the salt and cook for about 10 minutes.

Mix the cooked rice with the mushroom and cranberry mixture. Serve.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size = about 1 1/2 cups

Servings = 4

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Amount Per Serving

Calories 251 Calories from Fat 56
  % Daily Value
Total Fat 7g 10%
    Saturated Fat 1g 3%
    Monounsaturated Fat 4g  
    Trans Fat 0g  
Cholesterol 0mg 0%
Sodium 299mg 12%
Total Carbohydrates 42g 14%
    Dietary Fiber 5g 18%
    Sugars 8g  
Protein 8g  
Vitamin A 0% Vitamin C 5%
Calcium 3% Iron 7%
Vitamin K 2 mcg Potassium 509 mg
Magnesium 88 mg