All that aside, though, I love wild rice casserole simply because it tastes so good. The sweetness of red pepper and sauteed onion is offset by the saltiness of bacon. A crunch of diced celery, the earthiness of golden sauteed mushrooms, and the rich smokiness of toasted almond play off each other as explosions of taste go off in the mouth.
It continues in the here and now as I share these memories and recipes with you. In some small way, my grandmother, those tables, the people, and the magic live on everytime somebody new tries a recipe and decides to make it a part of their family tradition, celebration, or memory.
So please enjoy this wonderful recipe and pop by the Kitchen Witch cottage for a glass of wine and a visit. I'll show you step by step, just how easy this is to make.
Happy cooking everyone!
Wild Rice Casserole
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- 1 cup wild rice
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 pound bacon, diced
- 2 medium white onions, chopped
- 3 stalks celery, diced
- 1 red or green pepper, seeded and diced
- 10 sliced mushrooms
- 1 can consomme
- 1/2 cup toasted slivered almonds
- 1 tin Campbell's Cream of Mushroom Soup
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- Rinse the wild rice under cold water. Bring it to a boil in three cups of salted water for 7 minutes and remove from heat. Let it soak covered for one hour to soften the grain.
- After an hour, drain the water and pour in one can of consomme. Bring to a boil and then return to low. Cover and let steam and seep for 30 minutes.
- Saute the bacon over medium high heat about 3 minutes until it begins to cook. Add the onion, celery, red or green pepper and sliced mushrooms. Cook until the bacon is crispy and the vegetables are tender.
- Drain in a colander lined with paper towel and then mix well with the cooked rice. Add the almonds, soup and pepper and bake in a pre-heated 350 oven for 30 minutes. This can also be made ahead and refrigerated for up to 2 days. Bring to room temperature and heat at 350 for 30 minutes as above.
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Lyndsay Wells is a professional trainer, writer, and program developer with a passion for food and cooking. She is an award winning recipe developer, and a former website ambassador for Kraft Foods Canada. Lyndsay believes cooking should be approachable and easy and has great tips and ideas for putting together sophisticated looking dishes that cooks of all levels can accomplish.