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Giada's Brown and Wild Rice Stuffing with Mushrooms and Brussels Sprouts

If you need a gluten-free stuffing, look no further. Made with wild rice and lots of colorful, flavorful extras, Giada's brown rice stuffing is both versatile and delicious for Thanksgiving... or any day!

Caramelized pearl onions, mushrooms and brussels sprouts give the mixture so much body and flavor - it's everything you want in a holiday side dish. Topped off with crispy bacon and crunchy toasted hazelnuts, this one's a winner for sure!
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Giada's Brown and Wild Rice Stuffing with Mushrooms and Brussels Sprouts

Category

Side Dish

Servings

8

Prep Time

45 minutes

Cook Time

60 minutes

Calories

486

Author:

Giada De Laurentiis

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Ingredients

  • 8 ounces applewood-smoked bacon (chopped into 1/2-inch pieces)
  • For The Rice:

  • 4 1/2 cups low-salt chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 1 1/4 cups short-grain brown rice
  • 1 1/4 cups wild rice
  • For The Vegetables:

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter (at room temperature)
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • One 14-ounce bag frozen pearl onions (thawed)
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 12 ounces 3 large portobello mushrooms, shredded or thinly sliced
  • 8 ounces Brussels sprouts (trimmed and thinly sliced)
  • 1/2 cup hazelnuts (toasted, husked, coarsely chopped, optional)

Instructions

  1. Cook the bacon in a large skillet over medium heat until crisp, 8 to 10 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, drain the bacon on paper towels.
  2. For the rice: In a heavy saucepan or Dutch oven, bring the broth and thyme to a boil over medium-high heat. Add the brown and wild rice. Cover the saucepan and simmer until the rice is tender but still chewy, 30 minutes. Turn off the heat and allow the rice to stand for 10 minutes. Fluff with a fork.
  3. For the vegetables: In the same skillet used to cook the bacon, heat the butter and oil over medium-high heat. Add the onions and season with 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally until light golden, about 5 minutes. Add the mushrooms, 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Cook until softened, about 8 minutes. Add the Brussels sprouts and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Cook for 5 minutes.
  4. Transfer the vegetable mixture to the saucepan of cooked rice. Add the hazelnuts and cooked bacon. Toss until all the ingredients are mixed. Transfer to a large bowl and serve.
  5. Cook’s Note: The rice can also be cooked in 4 cups of broth and 1/2 cup of water. To toast the hazelnuts, arrange in a single layer on a baking sheet. Bake in a preheated 350 degrees F oven until lightly toasted, 8 to 10 minutes. Cool completely before using.

Nutrition

Nutrition

per serving
Calories
486
Amount/Serving % Daily Value
Carbs
55 grams
Protein
16 grams
Fat
24 grams
Saturated Fat
7 grams
Cholesterol
26 milligrams
Sodium
535 milligrams
Fiber
6 grams
Sugar
5 grams
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