Thursday, November 24, 2011

Wild Rice & Sausage Stuffing (gluten free)

Since Joe became gluten intolerant, I've searched for breadless stuffing recipes. I found a few of them that I've combined and enhanced. It's now a winner for our family that will stay in my recipe collection. I can contentedly eat it as a meal, and my kids all love it--maybe even more than the turkey. Give it a try.

Here we go...

2 medium onions, diced
6 TBSP butter, separated
1 cup wild rice, uncooked
3/4 cup long-grain brown or white rice, uncooked
5-1/2 cups low-sodium, gluten-free chicken broth
2 cups finely chopped celery
1-1/2 lbs. Italian sausage (remove casings, if necessary)
1 cup chopped toasted slivered almonds or pine nuts
salt and lots of pepper, to taste
2 TBSP sage (dried)
1-2 tsp. poultry seasoning
1 very large or 2 medium sized apples, cored, peeled and diced
1 cup dried cranberries
2-3 TBSP fresh flat leaf parsley, chopped

In a saucepan with a tight fitting lid, add both types of rices and chicken broth. Bring mixture to a boil then simmer on stove (covered) for 25-30 minutes until mostly done (before wild rice starts to split and curl). If all the stock isn't absorbed after 35 min., drain rice in mesh strainer.

In a large, deep skillet (with lid), break up and brown sausage. Drain fat, remove sausage from pan, and set aside. Melt 3 TBSP butter in the skillet and saute onions until soft. Remove from pan and set aside. Then melt the remaining 3 TBSP butter in pan and sauté celery and diced apple until soft. To the skillet, welcome back the Italian sausage, onions, and add the rice mixture as well. Add the toasted almonds, salt/pepper, sage, poultry seasoning, dried cranberries, and parsley. Mix well. *Check seasoning*, and add more as needed. Heat to serving temperature.

Leave in large covered skillet to keep warm for serving. Or go ahead and be a respectable host and dirty yet another dish by scooping it into a nice baking/casserole dish to serve.

I can't emphasize this enough -- check your seasonings! Everyone has seasoning preferences, so taste it along the way to figure out what makes your taste buddies dance. Make it your own! When you get it just right for your family, don't forget to take notes so you can make it to your liking year after year.


Helen said...

Thank you for what sounds like a great recipe. This is my first year wheat free and am happy I found your recipe. I will let you know how my family likes it

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Anonymous said...

We recently made this recipe for our gluten-free thanksgiving dinner. No one could get enough! It was so delicious, and the poor turkey probably felt neglected. We are planning to planning this for Christmas dinner this week, and we're so excited! Thanks for this a-mahzing recipe!!

L a u r a said...

Anonymous--I'm so glad you like this recipe. We make it every Thanksgiving and look forward to it as one of the many *sides* that we can't do without. When we've gone somewhere else on Thanksgiving, this is the recipe I'll always offer to bring since it's something we all can eat and enjoy. Thank you for your thoughtful comment!

Valerie T, Placerville said...

I looked online for a "stuffing" recipe in consideration of a friend who is gluten free. THIS IS AMAZING!!!! I am one of those who "turns my nose" at the concept of free this and free that - and I **LOVE** this. EVERYone loved it. I will continue to make this every time it fits the menu. THANK you!! - Valerie T

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