Cranberry Apple Pecan Wild Rice Pilaf

Perfect Holiday Side Dish
Perfect Holiday Side Dish
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Ingredients

1½ cups Chicken broth low sodium
1½ cups Apple juice
1 tbsp Dijon mustard
3 tbsp Butter divided
½ tsp Parsley dried
¼ tsp Dried oregano
¼ tsp Dried thyme
1 Bay leaf
½ tsp Salt
¼ tsp Black pepper freshly ground
1 cup Wild Rice Blend rinsed and drained
½ Onion large, diced
1 Apples Honeycrisp, chopped
3 cloves Garlic minced
½ cup Cranberries dried
½ cup Pecans
1 tsp Apple cider vinegar or to taste
Optional: garnish
Parsley frsh, to taste
Fresh thyme to taste

Nutritional information

308
Calories
13g
Fat
41.9g
Carbohydrates
5.6g
Protein
15mg
Cholesterol
640mg
Sodium
Ingredients
  • Optional: garnish

Cranberry Apple Pecan Wild Rice Pilaf

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This Cranberry Apple Pecan Wild Rice Pilaf creates a perfect side dish to serve with any main course at Christmas dinner. Needless to say, Christmas dinner is the showtime for the main dish. But even a meaty main needs a side dish support, and I do believe it should be scrumptious too.

Pilaf is a dish usually cooked with rice and various seasonings. To make this recipe a fitting addition to the holiday menu, I add the cranberries and pecans and use the blend of wild rice, long-grain white rice, and whole-grain rice. This recipe combines sweet and savory flavors to satisfy and stimulate every taste bud!

To make the Cranberry Apple Pecan Wild Rice Pilaf, you will need the following ingredients:

Ingridiens for Cranberry Apple Pecan Wild Rice Pilaf

Steps to make Cranberry Apple Pecan Wild Rice Pilaf

1

Combine broth, apple juice, and seasoning

3

In a large nonstick skillet, combine 1½ cups chicken broth, 1½ cups apple juice, 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard, 1 tablespoon butter, ½ teaspoon dried parsley, ¼ teaspoon dried oregano, and ¼ teaspoon dried thyme. Add 1 bay leaf, ½ teaspoon salt, and ¼ teaspoon freshly ground pepper and bring to a boil.

2

Add rice

1

Stir in rice, cover and reduce the heat to low.

3

Cook rice

45

Simmer, covered, for 45 up to 60 minutes, stirring from time to time and adding some hot water if needed to finish the rice cooking.

4

Drain rice

1

Once done, place the rice into a strainer and leave until ready to use.

5

Melt butter

1

In the same skillet, add 2 tablespoons butter and melt over medium heat.

6

Add onion and apple

5

Increase the heat to medium-high and add ½ diced large onion and 1 chopped apple. Saute for 5 minutes or until soft and tender.

7

Add garlic

1

Stir in 3 minced cloves garlic and cook for 30 more seconds.

8

Stir in rice along with cranberries and pecans.

2

Stir in cooked and drained rice and add ½ cup each cranberries and pecans.

9

Add vinegar, salt, and pepper

1

Add 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar or more to taste if you wish, and toss to combine. Taste and add more salt and black pepper if needed.

10

Serve

Serve warm, garnished with optional fresh chopped parsley or thyme. Enjoy!

Take your Christmas dinner to a new level of deliciousness with our Cranberry Apple Pecan Wild Rice Pilaf recipe! It makes a perfect holiday side dish to feed a crowd. If you enjoyed this recipe, don’t forget to come back and leave a comment, we love hearing feedback.

Jelena is an interior designer and young mom! As a busy working mom, her time is precious so she’s always looking for a quick and efficient way to get things done. Jelena is very creative, but has a strong practical side. She loves trying new things and travels a lot, especially around Europe. The kitchen is Jelena’s safe space, where she can let her creative side out and dedicate herself to her favorite hobby - cooking!

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Athina

Delicious holiday side dish!

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