I had never had wild rice and had been itching to give it a try for quite a while. So when I saw a shelve full of different varieties of rice at one of my old hunts (Onime's Food Basket), I quickly grabbed some and started planning a rustic meal; and some weeks later I finally cooked up the meal.
One thing I didn't know before I started cooking was that wild rice takes a long, looonngg time to cook.
The pack specified cooking the rice for about 50 minutes but I ended up cooking for the better part of two and a half hours. Although to be fair some part of that time was spent preparing ingredients and making the sauce.
Anyways, back the the meal.
For the rice I used:
Brown Rice and Wild Rice Mix, about 3 Cups
Streaky Bacon...4 strips
Shrimps...about half kg
Dark Soy Sauce
Seasoning and Spices
Juice of one orange
I started off with the rice, using the packet instructions and left it to cook.
Then chopped up the sausages, bacon, onions and garlic.
I browned the sausages and bacon in the butter to get some caramelized flavor. Next I took out the sausages and bacon, and added the chopped onions and sauteed them for a bit. Threw in the sausages and bacon again, added the shrimps and the rest of the ingredients and seasonings and finished off with the juice of one orange.
When the rice was almost cooked, I mixed in the rest of the cooked ingredients and allowed it simmer for about 10 minutes to infuse the flavors and the dirty rice was ready.
For the sauce I chopped up some carrots, onions and beetroots and sauteed them in some butter then added some chicken stock, seasonings and some chopped mint. Finished it off with some heavy cream and the sauce was ready.
For the chicken, I had some boiled chicken in the freezer so I just browned them a little bit in some olive oil in keeping with the rustic theme of the meal and voila, the meal was ready!
Though this meal took a long time to make, the taste was totally worth it. I got five stars from my numero uno taste tester :D
I'll definitely be adding this to my list of staples and you should give this a try.
Until next time, God bless you.