Eat– for Good Health

Pear-Pecan Wild Rice Stuffing is a way to honor Native Americans at Thanksgiving.  My recipe is studded with toasted pecans and chunks of pears and will wow your crowd.  I use butter spray rather than butter to cut calories.

Ingredients for 12 servings:

8 cups challah or egg bread, cut into 1 ” squares

1 cup pecan piece

1 T. butter and some butter spray (for flavor)

1 large onion, chopped

3 ribs celery, chopped

3 pears, halved, cored, chopped

1/3  cup white wine, or you can substitute chicken broth

1 pkg (8.8 oz) Uncle Ben’s ready seasoned long grain and wild rice (or any variety)

4 T. chopped fresh marjoram

1/2 tsp. each salt and pepper

2 cups low sodium chicken broth

Preheat oven to 375 degrees.  Coat a large baking dish with cooking spray.  In a jelly roll pan,  spread bread cubes in a single layer, bake and stir often until toasted and crisp.  Cool.

Meanwhile, heat large non-stick skillet over medium heat.  Add pecans, cooking until lightly browned, about three minutes. Remove.

In the same skillet, melt a tablespoon butter over low-medium heat and add onion and celery.  Add a little water if necessary for cooking. Spray with butter spray, add pears and cook until just starting to soften.  Add wine, cook until reduced by half, about a minute.

Stir in rice, 3 T. marjoram, salt and pepper until blended.  Stir in toasted bread cubes and pecans.  Gradually stir in chicken broth.  Transfer to a baking dish and give it a butter-spray.  Cover, bake thirty minutes.  Uncover, and bake the top until crisp.  Sprinkle with remaining tablespoon of marjoram.

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Northern Minnesota lakes, marshes, and streams; water 6 inches to 3 feet deep.  Wild rice has a higher protein content than most cereal grains, making it a good food for wildlife and humans. Wild rice attracts many wild birds, especially waterfowl and red-winged blackbirds, and it also provides nesting cover for waterfowl.


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