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Holiday Ambience – Wild Rice Stuffing with Cranberries and Dry Roasted Hazelnuts

Holiday Ambience …….

I honestly don’t know how Thanksgiving is just a few weeks away. It was exceptionally sneaky this year. I thought I had weeks to plan out the Thanksgiving recipes I was going to share and here it is TIME! People are even having Thanksgiving get togethers as early as this coming weekend. I will do my best to get you as many recipes that are Thanksgiving related as I can over the next several weeks, but we are going to start here. With one that you won’t want to miss, and all your guests will love. It is insanely easy, and it should give you a moment to breath and not feel so overwhelmed.

wild rice stuffing4Today’s recipe is super easy, but tastes 100% gourmet. I always love it when you can roll out a recipe that fools your guests into thinking you slaved over the stove when you actually cooked and then sat back and watched the clock with a glass of wine in hand. What they don’t know won’t hurt anyone, and let’s be honest, if you can get a slow cooked meal taste, and feel, and indulge while you wait, who is it really hurting? Part of enjoying the holidays is creating all the glitz and glamor with as little stress to yourself as possible.

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I’m here to help you keep your recipes stress free, but you need the perfect place to display them. If you want to keep your kitchen surfaces, and fixtures, gorgeous and giving off that magical holiday aura, all year long, you need to take a peek at Premier Surfaces. The beautiful counter tops that they can provide you with makes that holiday feel even more magical, and puts your guests in awe. These surfaces are the most perfect place to display all your super easy recipes while giving them a million-dollar appeal. I absolutely love the beauty, and ambience, these surfaces lend to any occasion. You can keep both my easy recipes, and your beautiful counter tops, your little secret and take all the credit!

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Now that you have your stunning menu all staged we can talk about the name of the dish. This Wild Rice Stuffing with Cranberries and Roasted Hazelnuts can cause quite a commotion if you have people who are hard core stuffing/dressing connoisseur. Not because of the taste, but because of the name. Growing up no matter if the side dish was cooked in, or out, of the turkey, it was always called stuffing. Dressing was something we put on our salad. 😉 But if you talk to the purists dressing is cooked outside the turkey, and stuffing is put inside the turkey. Just because of how I grew up, I am calling this stuffing, but if you are one of the purists, you can absolutely call it dressing. Whatever you call it, make a batch, grab a little “you time” and a glass of wine, sit back, relax, and enjoy!

wild rice stuffing2Do you call your side stuffing or dressing?

Wild Rice Stuffing with Cranberries and Dry Roasted Hazelnuts

By Angie Gouchenour

6 servings

wild rice stuffing with cranberries and dry roasted hazelnutsIngredients

3 cups water

2 chicken or veggie bouillon cubes

1 cup wild rice mix

1 teaspoon dry rubbed sage

¼ cup hazelnuts dry roasted

¼ cup dried cranberries

½ teaspoon dry rubbed sage


Bring water and bouillon cubes to a boil in a large pot

Stir in rice and 1 teaspoon dry rubbed sage

Cover and reduce to a simmer for 40 minutes (Check at 30 for the water level)

While you are waiting cut hazelnuts in half and throw them in a skillet over medium heat and dry roast for 30 – 60 seconds until they are lightly browned (After this they can burn quickly)

After 30 – 40 minutes uncover (You only want a small amount of water left in the pan) , add the cranberries and roasted hazelnuts and cook uncovered another 5-10 minutes until all the water is gone

Stir in the other ½ teaspoon dry rubbed sage and serve

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