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3 Wild Rice Recipes

Updated on September 9, 2009

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When I first came to Florida, I got a job in a corporate office as an assistant to the Controller. We used to have a special lady that would cook lunch for us everyday. We called her "mom."

When budget cuts came, "mom" was laid off. I never saw her again. It was a sad day when she left. She knew how much we loved her cooking, so the last day she was there, she made copies and gave us all the recipes that we loved so much. This wild rice recipe was one that she gave me.


4 Tablespoons butter

2 cups chopped celery

1/2 cup chopped green pepper

1 large chopped onion

1 can water chestnuts

1 4 oz. can mushrooms

1 pkg wild rice with herbs ( I don't know how much rice, but I would go with 1 cup)

1 can cream of chicken soup

1 cup boiling water

Uncooked Italian sausage, about 1 pound

Brown sausage in skillet (cook thoroughly, no pink), drain. Remove from skillet and set aside. Saute celery, pepper and onion in butter. Add chestnuts, mushrooms, rice, soup and sausage. Place all in a casserole dish. Add one cup boiling water. Bake at 325 degrees F. for 1 hour or until all liquid is absorbed. If it gets too dry, add a little water.

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Wild Rice with Walnuts and Craisins

This would be a good side dish with broiled chicken or fish,

1 cup chopped onion

1 Tablespoon butter or margarine

1 cup uncooked wild rice, rinsed and drained

2 cups chopped celery

1 14 oz. can chicken or beef broth

1 cup water

1/2 cup Craisins or dried cranberries

1/2 cup chopped walnuts, toasted (put nuts in a non-stick fry pan over medium heat for 5 minutes, to toast)

Cook onion in butter for 10 minutes or until tender. Add wild rice. Cook for 3 minutes, stirring. Add celery, broth and water. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat. Simmer, covered, for about 40 minutes or until rice is tender and liquid is almost absorbed.

Stir in Craisins and nuts. Cook uncovered for 3-4 minutes or until heated through. Serves 6-8 side servings.

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Stuffed Squash

This is a great side dish to serve in the Fall, Thanksgiving or any time of the year.

3 medium acorn or butternut squash

1 Tablespoon olive oil

2 onions, chopped

3 stalks celery, chopped

1 pound fresh mushrooms

1/2 teaspoon marjoram, dried

1/4 teaspoon ground basil

1/4 teaspoon ground savory

1/4 teaspoon ground thyme

1/2 cup vegetable broth

4 cups cooked wild rice (blended with brown rice)

3 Tablespoons tamari or soy sauce

1/2 cup pecans, toasted, chopped

1 Tablespoon fresh lemon juice

Cut squash in half and remove seeds. Place cut side down on oiled baking pan. Add water so that it is 1/2" up the sides. Bake at 350 degrees F for about 40 minutes.

Saute onion and celery in oil.

Add mushrooms, herbs and stock. Simmer about 15 minutes.

Add rice, tamari and mix together well. Remove from heat. Add nuts and lemon juice. Pack into squash halves.

Bake at 350 degrees F for 20-30 minutes.


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    • judydianne profile imageAUTHOR


      10 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      Habee, it does give you some options instead of plain rice. I also cook my rice in chicken or vegetable broth instead of water. It gives it some more flavor. Thanks for stopping by.

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      Holle Abee 

      10 years ago from Georgia

      This is great! I don't like plain ol' rice, but these wild rice dishes are making me hungry!

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      11 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      Blu Ink, I'm glad you like them and hope you enjoy!!

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      Blu Ink 

      11 years ago

      Thank you, thank you, thank you. These are excellent!

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      11 years ago from Missouri

      All of those look soooo good!

    • judydianne profile imageAUTHOR


      11 years ago from Palm Harbor, FL

      A Craisin is a brand name for a "cross between a dried cranberry and a raisin." You can use dried cranberries or raisins or 1/2 and 1/2, if you can't find Craisins.

      Thanks for the comments!

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      Duchess OBlunt 

      11 years ago

      These look delicious. I think I would like to try the Wild Rice with Walnuts and Craisins (if only I knew what a craisin was)


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      Sandra Mireles 

      11 years ago from Texas

      Great recipes. I am going to try the stuffed squash!


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