Every one has a favorite stuffing this time of year. I think there’s something pretty special about stuffing because you don’t eat it too often. For Mike growing up in Minnesota he loved his Mom’s Wild Rice Stuffing.
His Mom even agreed to share the recipe with me and of course I’m going to share it with you. I’ll say it wasn’t as hard to make as I thought it would be. I’m looking forward to making another batch and the leftovers.
Stale bread cubes or make your own from a baguette
3 stalks of celery chopped up
1 medium onion chopped up
1 stick of butter
1 cup of craisins
2 cloves of garlic
1 tablespoon poultry seasoning
2 cups Chicken broth
1/4 cup white wine
salt and pepper to taste
Step 1: Making the wild rice. Combine in a small pot on the stove burner wild rice, scallions, white wine and chicken broth. Bring to a boil then cover and simmer. The wild rice should break when done. It takes about 20-30 minutes
Step 2: If you’re making your own bread cubes toast them at 250 for 10 minutes in the oven. If you bought them then no need to do this step.
Step 3: In a large pan put the celery, onion, butter, and garlic. Cook on low for 5-10 minutes or until the butter is melted and the onion is translucent
Step 4: Add the chicken broth and white wine
Step 5: Add the bread crumbs and mix it all together (you may need to add a little more chicken broth or white wine)
Step 6: Stir in the wild rice and craisins
Step 7: Either stuff the bird or put in a container and bake at 350 for 20-30 minutes.
As we made this together we talked about how you can easily make it the day before or that morning. I’m all about getting as much prep work done as possible so I would make it the day before and then put in the fridge till it was time to stuff the bird.
For Mike the best part of this stuffing is that it’s a piece of home for him. It’s special and a bit of a nod to his home state. For me I like knowing that I’m able to carry on a family recipe that my kids will now enjoy.
Now bring on the turkey and stuffing we’re ready for a delicious meal and yummy leftovers.