Cheesy wild rice and chicken and veggie casserole
Today I was lucky enough to receive a large bag of wild rice.. No that dont sound like much, But this stuff was hand picked and harvested by one of my customers. This is what he emailed me. " Wild rice goes in lakes and streams here in Minnesota. You gather it by pushing a canoe through the bed of rice and then knocking it into the bottom of the canoe with a couple of flails. Once you let it dry,then you parch it , beat the husks off and then fan it to get rid of the chafe. Then you can cook it and enjoy. It was gathered by Native Americans for many centuries and was a stable of their diet. By the way it is not even rice(it is just called that) but rather a grass. I will send some to you after I get it done this weekend. Great in soups, pancakes, salads or just plain"
Ok so it arrived today, about 4 cups and a few recipes.. I am never very good at following recipes.. But always seem to make it taste good anyways. This was no exception.. Here's what I used. and a couple pics.
2 cups rice, Which I cooked by simmering in about 6 cups water for about 12 minutes. till soft. Seasoned water with salt and a few other spices Basil, Italian seasonings, chopped onions, and whatever else looked good at the moment. seasoned well. drained.
4 chicken breasts, seasoned and pan fried. then cubed and put back in the pan, added some water and made a thin sauce from the drippings.
1 lrg can cream of mushroom soup
1 jar cedar cheese sauce.
1/2 bag frozen veggies.
1/2 lb of moral mushrooms.. The last of my stash from last spring.
1 cup shredded cheddar
Cook rice and drain. cook chicken Mix all stuff together, except the shredded cheese and cooked in 350 oven for 30 Min, then added the cheese and cooked another 10 minutes.
Turned out excellent!!! My family ate and it was VERY quiet!!! LOL always a good sign. All I know is it was a great new experience as we have never tried this grain B4.. And we all really enjoyed it!
next time you want to toast it before you make it with the regular recipe. take a large heavy cast iron skillet or dutch oven and add the rice dry. slowly stir it while it gets hot at medium heat. keep stirring it until you get a nice toasty smell, do not burn it and then use it in the recipe like normal. it will be ten times better. My father is Menominee Indian from Wisconsin and the word Menominee means" wild rice men or wild rice people".
it looks delicious, I miss wild rice it has been years since I have eaten it, wish I was there,lol glad you enjoyed it.
I know this dont "look" all that great, compared to just about anything you guys plate up!! But it sure did taste amazing!! It was cool and kinda excited to try and new grain. The Morals really helped set off the dish!
Son, Thanks for the info. I will try that "toast it" with the other half of the rice for sure!!
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Sh*t, I woulda made the judges pop-tarts and called it a day, so good on ya. ;D
Originally Posted by Vertigo
That wild rice sounds great! I have never tried wild wild rice. I have just used the stuff in the stores which I am sure is farmed.
I was on the food network show Chopped and one of the secret ingredients was pickles.
Originally Posted by HHH Knives