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Wild Rice with Dried Fruit

Rather than browning the rice in butter, cook it like pasta, in plenty of water, then drain it. Sweat the leeks in a tiny amount of butter, then toss everything together. Studded with dried fruits and leeks, this dish boasts the mosaic look and texture of a classic pilaf.
  • Yield Serves 4
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Ingredients

  • 4 ounces wild rice (1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons)
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 small leek, trimmed, well washed, and cut into 1/4-inch rounds (about 2/3 cup)
  • 6 tablespoons Chicken Stock, or low-sodium canned
  • 1/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/4 cup chopped dried pears

Directions

  1. In a 2-quart pot of boiling salted water, add the rice and cook until the grains begin to puff and break open, about 40 minutes to 1 hour. Drain and refresh in cold water. Season with salt and pepper.

  2. Heat the oil in a 2-quart saucepan. Add the leek and cook for 1 minute. Add 3 tablespoons of the stock, the cranberries, and pears and cook, covered, stirring occasionally, until soft, about 8 minutes. Add the rice and remaining stock, raise the heat to high, and cook, stirring, 1 to 2 minutes. Season with salt and pepper and serve.

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