Wild Rice Stuffing with Cranberries, Bacon and Pecans

Dried cranberries add a touch of sweetness to the nutty taste of this Wild Rice Stuffing, perfect for any holiday table.

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With Thanksgiving quickly approaching, I realized I had not shared a new stuffing recipe I made a few weeks ago when I made a rack of pork.

Stuffing or Dressing

Traditional, modern or just different.  Every Thanksgiving the age old debate arises……..“stuffing or dressing”?  Both terms are used to describe a traditional Thanksgiving side dish,  a moist bread (or rice), seasoned with herbs and vegetables.  Many will argue that stuffing is cooked inside a turkey, while dressing is cooked along side the bird.  But, in most homes and cookbooks, the words are interchangeable…… although stuffing seems to be more prevalent in the south and east.

I don’t care what you call it…………as long as it’s delicious!

Stuffings and dressings can be prepared many ways. This recipe is not a traditional bread stuffing that you usually see at Thanksgiving, but makes an elegant and delicious side dish.  Dried cranberries add a touch of sweetness to the nutty taste of this wild rice stuffing.

Wild Rice Stuffing with Cranberries, Bacon and Pecans

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/4 cup wild rice, uncooked (I used long grain and wild rice)
  • 4 slices Bacon, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cup onion, chopped
  • 1 (14-ounce) can chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons dry sherry, (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves, crushed
  • 2 cups celery, chopped
  • 3/4 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup pecans, chopped and toasted

Directions:

  1. Rinse wild rice in cold water. Drain well; set aside. In a large saucepan, cook bacon over medium heat until crisp. Remove bacon, reserving 1 tablespoon drippings in saucepan. Drain bacon; set aside.
  2. Add onion to saucepan; cook until tender, stirring occasionally. Add wild rice; cook and stir for 3 minutes. Add chicken broth, water, sherry and thyme. Bring to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from heat. Stir in celery and dried cranberries.
  3. Meanwhile, heat oven to 350 degrees F. Transfer rice mixture to a 2-quart casserole. Cover and bake for 45 to 55 minutes or until rice is tender and liquid is absorbed, stirring once. Stir in pecans and bacon.
recipe from PorkBeInspired.com

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The best holidays are those shared with family and friends.   What dish do you look forward to the most at Thanksgiving?  And do you serve stuffing or dressing?

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