Herbed Wild Rice & Quinoa Stuffing
Ready in 35 minutes
Serves 20 people
- 2 tablespoons olive oil + more for greasing the baking dish + more for drizzling over the top
- 1 large yellow onion (finely chopped)
- 2 stalks celery (chopped (about 1/2 cup))
- 2 medium Granny Smith apples (peeled and diced)
- 2 medium cloves garlic (peeled and finely minced)
- 2 tablespoons fresh thyme leaves (minced)
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt + more to taste
- 1/2 cup dry-ish white wine (I like Sauv Blanc for cooking - Chardonnay would work well too)
- 4 cups low-sodium vegetable broth
- 2 cups uncooked wild rice blend (I prefer a blend of 50% wild rice and 50% brown rice)
- 1 cup uncooked quinoa (rinsed well)
- 1 1/2 cups dried cranberries
- 1 cup raw pecans (chopped)
- 1/2 cup chopped fresh Italian parsley + 1/4 cup more for topping after baking
- 1/4 cup fresh sage leaves (minced)
Place a large pot over medium heat. Add the oil. When hot, add the onions and celery and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 5 minutes. Add the apples, garlic, thyme, and salt. Cook, stirring frequently, for one more minute. Stir in wine, then add broth. Bring to a boil. Stir in the wild rice blend and reduce the heat to medium-low. Simmer, covered, until the rice is tender, about 35 minutes. Stir in the quinoa and cover again. Cook until the quinoa is tender, about 15 more minutes. Stir in the cranberries, pecans, 1/2 cup parsley, and sage. Taste and add additional salt if desired. Remove from heat.
Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Rub a large (9-inch x 13-inch is best) casserole dish with a little olive oil. Lightly scoop the rice mixture into the casserole dish, lightly mounding it instead of mashing it down.
Bake until golden brown, 25-30 minutes. Drizzle with a little more olive oil and sprinkle with remaining chopped parsley. Serve.