Fruit-nut wild rice is a great side dish for holidays or any entertaining at home. Get the recipe here.
When you’re entertaining and cooking for a dinner party are you often stumped for the perfect side dish to make? I know some of the mental notes I go through when planning my menu items are: Will it appeal to everyone? Is it not too heavy so guests feel like taking a nap afterwards? Is it relatively easy to prepare given the other menu items? Will it complement the entree?
This fruit-nut wild rice recipe answers all these questions with a resounding “yes!” It’s a dressed up version of rice that’s easy to make and so delicious. This is the kind of side dish you can make for a dinner party any time of year, or for any of those holiday pot luck gatherings. It’s a nice alternative to a traditional dressing too.
This is a family favorite and I think you’ll like it too. It goes well with beef, poultry, pork, or fish so you’ll end up making it again and again.
Fruit-Nut Wild Rice
1 box long grain and wild rice (Uncle Ben’s), with seasoning pack
1 small onion, finely chopped
2 celery ribs, finely chopped
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 (7 oz) package mixed dried fruit(I actually used several snack packs so I had a combination of dried raisins, dried berries, and dried tropical fruit)
1 cup chopped walnuts or pecans, toasted
1/4 tsp pepper
Cook rice according to package directions substituting the 1/2 cup chicken broth for 1/2 cup water called for. Just as water & rice come to a boil, add in the onion, celery, and dried fruit. Continue with package directions. Once rice is cooked, stir in nuts and pepper and serve
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