Wild Rice with Chestnuts and Forest Mushrooms

Wild Rice with Chestnuts and Forest Mushrooms

Wild Rice with Chestnuts and Forest Mushrooms
Wild Rice with Chestnuts and Forest Mushrooms

My Wild Rice with Chestnuts and Forest Mushrooms is delicious as a side dish, vegetarian entrée or can be used as a stuffing for poultry!  Wild rice is a grass that is light, nutritious and full of protein; it is not a grain, so really does not give you that carbo loaded feeling you get from many grain dishes. Wild rice, when coupled with protein rich mushrooms, savory vegetables, herbs and spices makes the perfect light side dish to grilled meats and poultry. But because My Wild Rice with Chestnuts and Forest Mushrooms is so full of protein it is also perfect as a vegetarian main dish! You can use this recipe year round as a delicious alternative to heavy drain dishes. Enjoy!

1/2 cup extra virgin olive oil 

2 organic shallots, peeled and sliced 

1 organic leek, chopped 

1 lb assorted wild forest mushrooms, chopped(shiitake, enoke, maitake ) 

2&3/4 cups wild rice, rinsed and drained

1 7-8 ounce vacuum packed chestnuts, chopped

1 32 ounce package unsalted chicken broth

3 cups boiling water

3 tablespoons fresh marjoram leaves, chopped or 1 tablespoon dried

4 bay leaves,crumbled 

1 teaspoon+ ground turmeric 

1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves

Salt and pepper to taste

Splash of sherry

1/2+ stick of unsalted butter

1/2 organic red bell pepper, chopped

1/2 bunch organic flat leaf parsley, chopped 

In a large deep skillet or chef’s pan, heat oil to medium high 

Add shallots and leeks and cook until softened, about 1 minute

Add mushrooms and celery and cook for another minute

Stir in the wild rice, chestnuts and all the spices and herbs

Add the splash of sherry and the broth and water and stir

Reduce to simmer and stir in the butter

Simmer for 45-50 minutes until all liquid is absorbed and rice has opened

Stir in the red bell pepper and parsley

Adjust salt, pepper and add bit more butter if needed

Turn off heat and let rice rest, covered

Enjoy my Wild Rice with Chestnuts and Forest Mushrooms as a side, an entrée or use to stuff your Turkey or chicken!

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