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Brown & Wild Rice Stuffing with Apples, Cranberries & Pecans

Wild rice stuffing is a favourite in the Winter’s household; substitute 2 cups of brown and wild rice blend if you can’t find wild rice. It’s delicious as a turkey stuffing - which is how they cook it - but also makes an interesting vegetarian option when made with vegetable stock and baked alongside. By Julie Van Rosendaal

Brown & Wild Rice Stuffing with Apples, Cranberries & Pecans

Total Time:

1hrs 40mins


1hrs 40mins

Skill Level:



  • 4 cups chicken or vegetable stock or water
  • 1 cup wild rice
  • 1 cup brown rice
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/3 cup butter, melted
  • 2-3 shallots or 1 medium onion, diced
  • 2-3 celery stalks, diced (include the leaves if there are any)
  • 1 tart apple, cored and diced
  • 1 Tbsp finely chopped fresh sage (or 1 tsp. dried)
  • 2 tsp finely chopped fresh thyme (or 1/2 tsp. dried)
  • 1/2 tsp freshly ground pepper
  • 1/2 cup chopped pecans, toasted (optional)

How to Make It


Bring the stock or water to a simmer in a large saucepan; add the rice and salt, reduce heat to low and cook, covered, until the rice is tender, about 45 minutes.


Remove from the heat and fluff with a fork. Add the dried cranberries as you do.


Heat the butter or oil in a large skillet and sauté the shallots and celery until softened, about 5 minutes.


Add the apple and cook for a few more minutes, until they begin to soften. Stir in the sage, thyme, pepper and cook for a few more minutes.


Transfer to a bowl and toss with rice and pecans.


Use the mixture to stuff a turkey, or put it in a buttered baking dish that will accommodate it, cover and bake (alongside your turkey, if you like) at 350°F for about half an hour.

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