Fruit-nut wild rice is a great side dish for holidays or a dinner party at home.
Fruit & Nut Wild Rice
When you’re entertaining and cooking for a dinner party are you often stumped for the perfect side dish to make?
Some of the mental notes I go through when planning my menu 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 entrée?
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.
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PARTY TIP: Double the recipe to serve a dinner party for 6 or 8 people.
- 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 ounces) package mixed dried fruit(I used 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 broth & 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.