September 23, 2012

Today, I’m celebrating the start of fall (seriously though – where did the year go?). I love autumn, and one of my favorite things about the season is that apples are abundant! I get SO excited to stock up on Honeycrisps to eat everyday, as well as a variety of other apples for other purposes.

As a kid, I lived in Wisconsin and Michigan for a few years. When apple season rolled around, my family always went apple picking together. I would look forward to those excursions; we’d always return home with a huge bushel of apples to enjoy.

When I saw that the theme for this week’s Sunday Supper was an Autumn Apple Party, there were so many ideas running through my head on what to make. You can’t go wrong with apple pie, apple crisp, or homemade applesauce. However, I thought I’d try my hand at a dish that is more on the savory side instead. I took a simple side dish and kicked it up a notch or two with some added ingredients. This wild rice dish really reminds me of fall and winter holiday fare. The holidays are always such a wonderful opportunity to sit around the family table together. But, just because it reminds me of holidays doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy this side on any regular day of the week. I served mine up alongside a pork tenderloin…yum!

I love that this dish is both savory and sweet. The rice has a great savory base, but the apples add a tart kick, and the craisins provide a hint of sweetness. Plus, it’s really an easy recipe to create.

Wild Rice with Apples, Dried Cranberries, and Walnuts

Ingredients

*5 ounces long grain and wild rice (I use Mahatma)

*1 1/2 cups water

*1/2 cup diced apple (about 2/3 of an apple; I used Granny Smith)

*1/4 cup craisins

*1/4 cup chopped walnuts

Instructions

1. In a small pot, bring water to a boil. Add rice, cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer for 20 minutes.

2. Quickly add chopped apple to the rice and allow to simmer for an additional 5 minutes.

3. When rice is complete, fluff lightly with a fork and stir in craisins. Sprinkle chopped walnuts on top for garnish before serving. Enjoy!

Do you ever incorporate apples into savory dishes? What is your favorite?

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68 Responses to “Wild Rice with Apples, Dried Cranberries, and Walnuts for #SundaySupper”

  1. Laura Hunter says:

    I often make nutty wild rice and I love the twist of adding apples to it. Thanks for sharing

  2. baker street says:

    Oh I so want this for dinner tonight! The cranberries, the walnuts, the apple – I want it all!

  3. Soni says:

    Ooh I want a bite of this right now!!Looks so so good and such a creative way of using apples :)Love it!

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  5. Katy says:

    I love apples in savory dishes and this rice dish sounds so good. i will definitely be trying it soon!

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  8. This looks fantastic. I love the combination of the wild rice and apples! Yum!

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  14. Honey crisp apples are my favorite! This rice looks delish. Happy #SS!

  15. I really need to eat before reading posts on Sunday…man I want this right now it looks so good :)

  16. Do you see that? Yeah, that’s me drooling.

  17. Thanks for doing a savory dish. I’m just thinking about how great this would be with turkey.

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  20. What a fabulous idea – I just would have never thought to use apples and rice together and yet it sounds delicious!

  21. Patti says:

    We eat dried cranberries like they are going out of style! I know everyone would love this dish!

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  24. This is so perfect for my evening meals. A fantastic and easy wild rice recipe!

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  29. This looks like a great side dish!! I love incorporating Nuts into rice, people think I’m nuts HAHA! Happy #SS!

  30. Bea says:

    What a great idea! This will be a great lunch for my girlies :) Thank you for sharing ~ Bea

  31. Renee says:

    Wild rice is so good to me. This recipe is taking something I really enjoy and making it even better. I would be raiding the fridge for the leftovers until every single morsel was gone.

  32. I bet this is great hot or cold!

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  34. Chelsea says:

    Yummy additions to rice! I will have to try!

  35. Our recipes are almost identical LOL great minds think alike! Can’t wait to give this version a whirl!

  36. patsy says:

    I’m marking this to try… I am thinking it would be a really nice change with dinner or even packed in my lunch.

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  38. Katie, this looks amazing! I will pair this next time I cook pork tenderloin (especially since there are 3 in my freezer that need to make an appearance sometime soon)! I may know what to do with those leftover apples in my kitchen!

  39. Conni Smith says:

    How delicious! You have great taste in food & dishes…I have some of the same lionhead ones ;)

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  41. Tara Noland says:

    This would be great, I have to try it!!

  42. Kim Bee says:

    This is really wonderful. I love wild rice, particularly with fruit in it.

  43. This looks like the perfect rice side dish, I love all of it! I grew up in WI too!

  44. Chris Baccus says:

    I’m always looking for recipes like this for lunch. This looks good and easy. Thanks for sharing

  45. This is a really interesting combination. I’ve never had apples and rice before but this certainly does look delish!

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  47. Liz says:

    Oh, I LOVE this rice! Just a few simple additions turn ordinary rice into an outstanding side :) Wonderful #SS dish!

  48. Faye Leong says:

    What a simple and healthy recipe! Bookmark and will try it out soon! Thank for sharing.

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  50. I’ve never had rice with apples .. I love this! so inventive!

  51. Sarah says:

    Apples and Craisins are a delicious combo in rice!

  52. Yum, this would be the perfect side dish to any meal (oh heck, I love rice so much, it could be my main too!). And I absolutely love wild rice – I only started eating it about a year ago and I thought, where have you been all my life?! The apples and dried cranberries make this super festive too.

  53. This looks really good. I don’t think you can go wrong with any dish with apples and cranberries.

  54. Marnie Byod says:

    This one seems really interesting. I would love to taste this recipe this weekend!

  55. Sunithi says:

    Love wild rice and this dish is so inviting ! But then most of yours are :) healthy & wholesome stuff. Can’t wait to make it ! Yummmm

  56. Sarah says:

    I can totally appreciate a savory apple dish when you make a rice dish like you did. The combination of flavors sound wonderful and I bet the texture was even better!

  57. Hezzi-D says:

    This sounds great. I love the dried fruit with rice.

  58. I’ve had some wild rice I picked up and wasn’t sure what I would do with it. This will be a perfect way to use it!

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  60. Wild rice = one of my favorite things! love this

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