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Minnesota Cooking: Stuffing Hotdish - Wild Rice/Turkey
Stuffing - Rice - Soup Mix
The general gist of this hotdish is that you make it in a few steps. There's the chopped onions, minced garlic, chopped celery, raisins, sliced mushrooms and spices that you fry up in one pan in butter.
Then, there's the chicken flavored white rice dishes and the wild rice dishes that are preboxed and you follow the cooking instructions on the box, except for the water that you are supposed to use. No. You don't use water. Anytime you read water, you must substitute with a can of chicken broth. So, when you make your rice, you use a full can, 49 ounces, of chicken broth. The store brand works great.
The same thing goes when you make the stuffing. Where it says water, you ignore that and use chicken broth as well.
The last ingredients that you mix together, are the cream soups and the applesauce.
Chicken broth makes sense to me. The recipe needs water. It has water. I used to use water with bouillon cubes, but this is already seasoned water. Butter. Lots of butter.
Since I make enough for the holidays and the list of people is numbering 33 or so, I make a large batch.
Easy to transport. Cook. Seal the cooking bag. Get to destination. Pop in oven to keep warm.
Instructions for a Large Batch
- Chop and saute in butter: onions, garlic, mushrooms, raisins. At least 15 minutes to get a nice browned edge to the onions. Once it is browned, add one 49 ounce can of chicken broth and add your turkey to this mixture. Keep heat on low until you add this mixture to the rice mixture.
- In another large pan, mix 1 cup wild rice, 2 boxes chicken seasoned rice dishes, and 1 box Long Grain and Wild rice seasoned rice mix and butter. Use 1 49 oz. can of chicken broth instead of water. Bring to boil and cook for 20 minutes. Then, add another 49 ounce can of chicken broth, bring to a boil and add your four boxes of Stove Top stuffing. Two turkey and two Sage flavored mixes. [You can pick whatever flavors you want, but I used the turkey and sage]
- Mix your cream of chicken soup and a quart of applesauce together. This gets mixed in, in between just before adding the sauteed onions. Add your stuffing mixture to the rice mixture.
- Pour mixture into a roaster pan and bake for 1 hour at 350. It will form a crust. Stir.