Wild Rice Stuffing with Hazelnuts and Dried Cranberries

March 20th, 2011

1/2 cup (1 stick) CF margarine
2 large onions, chopped
1 garlic clove, minced
6 3/4 cups canned low-salt chicken broth
2 cups wild rice (about 13 ounces)
2 cups long-grain brown rice
2 cups dried cranberries
1/2 cup chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme
1 1/2 cups hazelnuts, toasted, husked, coarsely chopped
1 cup chopped green onions

Melt 1/2 cup butter in heavy large pot over medium-high heat. Add onions and garlic and sauté until tender, about 4 minutes. Add chicken broth. Bring to boil. Add wild rice. Reduce heat to medium-low. Cover and simmer 30 minutes. Mix in brown rice; cover and simmer until rice is just tender and most liquid is absorbed, about 30 minutes longer.

Stir cranberries, parsley and thyme into rice. Cover and cook until liquid is absorbed, about 5 minutes longer. Mix in hazelnuts and green onions. Season generously with salt and pepper.

To bake stuffing in turkey: Loosely fill main cavity with stuffing. Spread margarine inside ceramic baking dish. Spoon remaining stuffing into prepared dish. Cover with margarined foil, buttered side down. Bake stuffing in dish alongside turkey until heated through, about 30 minutes.

To bake all of stuffing in baking dish: Preheat oven to 350°F. Spread margarine inside 15x10x2-inch glass or ceramic baking dish. Transfer stuffing to prepared dish. Cover dish with buttered/margarined foil, buttered side down; bake stuffing until heated through, about 40 minutes.

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