Cranberry-Pear Wild Rice Stuffing

Cranberry wild rice stuffing recipe

Wild rice adds a wonderful texture to this stuffing, and the slight sweetness of dried cranberries lends a delicious flavor. This is an ideal stuffing for winter squashes, and used that way makes for a dazzling holiday main dish. Photos by Hannah Kaminsky.

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Cranberry-Pear Wild Rice Stuffing
Recipe type: Bread stuffing / Thanksgiving
Cuisine: Vegan / Healthy
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Serves: 8 to 10
Wild rice adds a wonderful texture to this stuffing, and the slight sweetness of dried cranberries lends a delicious flavor.
  • 2½ cups prepared vegetable broth, or 2½ cups water with 1 vegetable bouillon cube
  • ⅔ cup raw wild rice
  • 1½ tablespoons olive oil
  • 1 medium red onion, chopped
  • 1 large celery stalk, diced
  • 2 medium firm pears (such as bosc), cored and diced
  • 4 cups finely diced whole grain bread
  • ⅓ cup dried cranberries
  • ¼ cup finely chopped pecans or walnuts
  • 1 tablespoon salt-free seasoning blend (like Frontier or Mrs. Dash)
  • ¼ to ½ teaspoon dried thyme, to taste
  • Salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
  • ½ cup apple or pear juice, or as needed
  1. Bring the broth to a simmer in a small saucepan. Stir in the wild rice, then cover and simmer gently until the water is absorbed, about 35 minutes.
  2. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F.
  3. Heat the oil in a medium-sized skillet. Add the onion and sauté until translucent. Add the celery and sauté over medium heat until both are golden.
  4. Combine the onion-celery mixture with the cooked wild rice and all the remaining ingredients except the apple juice in a mixing bowl. Stir well to combine.
  5. Drizzle the apple juice in slowly, stirring all the while, until the mixture is evenly moistened.
  6. Transfer the mixture to a lightly oiled large shallow baking dish. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes, or until the top begins to get slightly crusty.



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    Sharon Irven
    November 15, 2016 at 10:25 pm

    Looks yummy. How can I make this gluten-free? What would be a good substitute for bread cubes??

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      November 16, 2016 at 8:40 pm

      Sharon, the most obvious sub would be to use gluten-free bread, but a more creative thing to do would be to use prepared polenta — the kind that comes in the tubes. cut it into dice and sauté or roast until most sides are slightly crusty and firm. Enjoy!

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    Karen Mortazavi
    November 18, 2016 at 8:18 pm

    Is there a way to just leave out the bread and make it more of a fancy rice dish than stuffing. Less liquid, I suppose?

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    December 16, 2016 at 3:26 pm

    Can you make this the day before? Has anyone tried?

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    December 19, 2017 at 10:06 am

    Wonderful blend of flavors. Absolutely delicious. Such a nice change from typical stuffing.

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      December 19, 2017 at 1:29 pm

      Thanks so much, Bob!

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