Being gluten free makes some classic holiday sides hard to enjoy. Stuffing can easily be made with gluten free bread but try my spin with rice and leave everyone asking for seconds.
2 Cups Dry Brown or Wild Rice
1/3 Cup White Raisin
1/3 Cup Cran Raisins
3 Cups Vegetable Broth
1 Oz Rum or Port
1 Oz Red Table Wine
1/2 Cup chopped fresh parsley
1/2 small white onion chopped fine
1/4 Cups Carrot Cleaned and Chopped
1/4 Cup Celery Cleaned and Chopped
1 Tbs Olive Oil
2 Tbs Cant Believe It’s Not Butter
chopped pistachios and or orange zest optional*
Start by soaking raisins and cran raisins in rum for a few hours. The fruit will soak up all the rum and get nice and plum. In a medium size pot start by browning onion, carrot and celery. Once onion starts to become translucent add raisins and half the parsley. After 2 minutes add dry rice, toss and toast for about a minutes. Pour in vegetable broth, stir and bring to boil. Lower to simmer stirring occasionally and keeping and eye on liquid level. Once liquid has mostly disappeared start adding one cup of water every few minutes. The idea is to hydrate the rice but by leaving the pot uncovered and adding water while it cooks will create a nice creamy and wonderful moist stuffing. Once the cup of water seems to be mostly absorbed add another. Continue doing this at least 4 times or until rice is soft and velvety. This does take time and patient but totally worth it in the end. Once the desired consistency is reached and rice is no longer watery, add remaining parsley, butter, wine and nuts or zest. Stir and serve warm.
Make sure you keep an eye out for my re-use recipes for using any left over rice stuffing you may have.