Wild and Brown Rice Pilaf With Apples and Pecans

Wild rice in a bowl

Wild rice, apples, and pecans just seem to belong together. The texture of this autumnal pilaf will invigorate your palate. This makes a great stuffing for squashes or peppers, too.

Serves: 8 or more as a side dish

  • 3/4 cup wild rice, rinsed
  • 3/4 cup long-grain brown or brown Basmati rice, rinsed
  • 2 teaspoons all-purpose seasoning blend (such as Frontier or Mrs. Dash)
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 large red onion, finely chopped
  • 2 large celery stalks, diced
  • 2 medium Granny Smith apples, peeled, cored, and diced
  • 1/4 to 1/3 cup orange juice (from 1 large orange)
  • 1 tablespoon orange zest if orange is organic, optional
  • 2 scallions, green parts only, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup currants or raisins
  • Pinch each: cinnamon, nutmeg
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup minced fresh parsley
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped pecans

Bring 4 cups of water (see variation) to a simmer in a large saucepan. Stir in the wild and brown rice and the seasoned salt, return to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer, covered, until the water is absorbed, about 40 minutes.

Heat the oil in a large skillet. Add the onion and celery and sauté until the onion is golden. Add the apple and sauté another 5 minutes. Stir in the cooked rice mixture along with the juice, optional zest, scallions, currants, and spices. Season with salt and pepper.

Sauté over low heat, stirring frequently, another 5 minutes. This may be done somewhat ahead of time to this point, then left covered off the heat until needed.

Just before serving, heat through, adding a bit more liquid if the mixture needs it, then stir in the parsley and pecans. Mound in the center of a large serving platter and surround with the stuffed peppers, above.

Variation: To give this even more flavor, use a 32-ounce container of low-sodium vegetable broth in place of water.

Nutrition information
Per serving: Calories: 169; Total fat: 4g; Protein: 3g; Carbs: 28g; Sodium: 309mg


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