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Contest-Winning Mushroom Wild Rice

This colorful casserole is a standout from my mother's collection of family recipes. Excellent texture and taste guarantee it won't play second fiddle to either the turkey or the pumpkin pie! -Charlene Baert, Winnipeg, Manitoba
  • Total Time
    Prep: 1 hour 20 min. Bake: 30 min.
  • Makes
    12 servings

Ingredients

  • 4 cups water
  • 1 cup uncooked wild rice
  • 1 teaspoon butter
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1/2 cup uncooked brown rice
  • 8 bacon strips, diced
  • 2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 medium green pepper, chopped
  • 1 medium sweet red pepper, chopped
  • 1 celery rib, thinly sliced
  • 1 can (14-1/2 ounces) beef broth
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • 1/2 cup slivered almonds

Directions

  • In a large saucepan, combine the water, wild rice, butter and 1/2 teaspoon salt; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 40 minutes. Stir in brown rice. Cover and simmer for 25-30 minutes longer or until rice is tender.
  • Meanwhile, in a large skillet, cook bacon until crisp. Remove bacon to paper towels; drain, reserving 2 tablespoons drippings. In the drippings, saute the mushrooms, onion, peppers and celery until vegetables are tender. Stir in broth and remaining salt. Bring to a boil.
  • Combine the cornstarch and cold water until smooth; stir into the mushroom mixture. Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened; stir in almonds and bacon. Drain rice; add mushroom mixture.
  • Transfer to a greased 13-in. x 9-in. baking dish. Cover and bake at 350° for 25 minutes. Uncover; bake 5-10 minutes longer or until heated through.
Nutrition Facts
3/4 cup: 220 calories, 12g fat (4g saturated fat), 11mg cholesterol, 533mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (2g sugars, 2g fiber), 6g protein.

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