Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Wild Rice Pilaf

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We are big wild rice eaters in this house.  Living so close to wild rice paddies helps quite a bit as well.  Our local reservation harvests wild rice less than 10 miles from our home.  We have friends who harvest each year and although there is some concern about the five lakes that supply the local wild rice, restoration is currently being implemented to save this great natural resource.   Wild rice needs to be washed repeatedly before cooking.  It is a very dirty rice.  With the following recipe, I washed the wild rice is cool, clean water four times before I added it to the casserole dish.


Wild Rice Pilaf


1 - (10.5 ounce) can of beef consomme (or 2 1/2 tablespoons of beef bullion with 10.5 ounces of water, mixed well)
1 - (10.5 ounce) can condensed French onion soup
1 - (2.5 ounce) package of slivered almonds
6 - green onions, chopped
1 - 8 ounce package of mushrooms (sliced)
1/2 cup butter
1 cup uncooked wild rice
3/4 cup uncooked brown rice
cooking spray


1.  Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees).  Spray a 2 quart oven safe baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

2.  Melt butter in the baking dish over medium-heat.  Stir in the wild rice and brown rice.  Cook and stir for five minutes.  Stir in the onions; cook for five additional minutes.  Remove from heat.  Stir in the mushrooms and almonds.  Pour onion soup and consomme over the rice mixture.  Cover with lid or aluminum foil that has been coated with nonstick cooking spray.

3.  Bake until rice is tender and the liquid has been absorbed, about 1 hour and 15 minutes.  Stir before serving.

Recipe makes 15 - 1/2 servings.

If you like wild rice and have access to the cracked type that resembles popcorn when cooked, give this recipe a try ..... you won't be disappointed!  

Remember to give your loved ones a hug!


  1. Oh I DO miss the wild rice. I would bring a few locally harvested packages home with me every time I got back to Minnesota to visit Mom. Got it FREE from a friend whose son harvested it annually. Enjoy!

    1. At least you get it occasionally Sharon. How nice of your friend to give your some!

  2. Oh yummy in my tummy! This looks so good :) We have a rice a lot in our home as well....I will have to remember this recipe.

    Hugs to you,

    1. Thanks Stephanie! I hope you enjoy the recipe. :0)

  3. This looks great. How lucky to have wild rice growing so close!

    1. Yes, we are fortunate ... and it is delicious!

  4. Good Evening Debbie, Gosh, how lucky to have rice paddies near where you live. I knew rice in America, but to be honest I really did not know where. I have only seen wild rice in packets which we buy at the shops and have not seen it in it's raw state. Love the recipe. Have a warm and cosy evening. Best Wishes Daphne

    1. This wild rice grows in the lakes in and around our area Daphne. It really is interesting to see them harvest it! Have a great evening!


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