Once Halloween is over I immediately shift into planning for Thanksgiving. And let’s be honest, I start thinking about what I’d like to make well before then. I am kind of always thinking about food, and by kind of I mean absolutely. I’ve made a few variations of this dish over the years making it with quinoa and brown rice but I always come back to the wild rice. There’s just something terrific about it, the variety of colors and nuttiness in the mix works wonderfully with the sweetness of the orange and tartness of the cranberries. I think this would be a terrific dish to serve for Thanksgiving- a nice lighter alternative to the many heavy sides we tend to make.
What dish is a must for your Thanksgiving dinner?
- 1 small onion, diced
- 1 Tbsp olive oil
- 1 cup wild rice
- ¼ cup dried cranberries
- 2 cups chicken broth
- ¼ cup orange juice
- ½ Tbsp orange zest
- ¼ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp black pepper
- Saute diced onion in olive oil over medium heat for 3-5 minutes until soft and caramelized.
- Add dried cranberries, chicken broth, orange juice, orange zest, salt, and pepper to pan. Stir to combine.
- Bring to a boil. Cover pan and lower heat. Simmer for 30-35 minutes.
- Remove from heat and let sit, covered, for 10 minutes or until all liquid is absorbed.