Saturday, March 14, 2009

Wild Rice Hot Dish

Here's another take on the Minnesota hotdish. This one is a little out there are far as hotdishes go with its Asian flair.
(this one just didn't photograph very pretty)

This is based on a dish my mom used to make when I was a kid that l always really liked. The original recipe called for white rice but I though wild rice would give it a really good nutty flavor. I have to say my version came out pretty tasty but could still use a bit of tweaking or maybe I just missed the crunchy chow mein noodles my mom always served it with.

Wild Rice Hotdish

3 c crimini mushrooms, sliced
1 T unsalted butter
2 T all-purpose flour
1/2 t fresh thyme leaves
salt & pepper
3/4 c half & half
1 c chicken broth
1/2 lb lean ground beef
1 small onion chopped
1 c cooked wild rice
1/2 c water chestnuts
1 1/2 T molasses
3 T low sodium Soy sauce

Preheat oven to 350 F.

Put the mushrooms & butter in a saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook until the butter is melted & the mushrooms have softened. Stir in the flour, thyme & a generous amount of salt & pepper. Cook for one minute while stirring. Add the half & half & cook while stirring until thick & bubbly. Stir in the chicken broth & bring to a simmer. Use an immersion blender or regular blender to purée some of the mushrooms in the soup.

Brown the beef & onions. Mix with the wild rice & water chestnuts in a medium casserole dish with a cover. Stir in the molasses, soy sauce & mushroom sauce.

Bake covered for 30 minutes. Remove the cover & bake another 30 minutes. Good on its own or served over crispy chow mein noodles.

3 servings

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Finla said...

I have neve rcooked wild rice.
The rice dish loooks really yumm especially with the mushrooms in the recipe.

Jersey Girl Cooks said...

This looks so yummy and comforting!

Lori said...

It may not be very photogenic but it sounds delicious.

Alicia Foodycat said...

Oh, you are back! Did you have a lovely holiday?

This looks really comforting.

Ben and Ren said...

Thank you for this great recipe! I made this wild rice hot dish and it was delicious. My whole family loved it, so I will definitely be making it again!

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