Dried mixed herbs, dried fruit, and bacon instill a blend of two rices with a magnificent array of flavors!
INGREDIENTS (for 1 servings):
- 3 1/2 cups water, divided
- 1 cup uncooked wild rice
- 1 1/2 cups low fat, low sodium chicken broth
- 1/3 pound bacon
- 3 cups diced onions
- 3 cups diced celery
- 1 tablespoon water
- 1 cup uncooked long-grain white rice
- 1 3/4 cups currants
- 3/4 cup dried cherries
- 3/4 cup dried cranberries
- 1/2 ounce dried apricots
- 1 cup diced, unpeeled apples
- 1/2 cup chopped Italian flat leaf parsley
- 6 tablespoons dried mixed herbs
In a medium saucepan over medium heat, bring 1 1/2 cups water to a boil. Stir in wild rice. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 45 minutes.
Place bacon in a large, deep skillet. Cook over medium high heat until evenly brown. Reserving drippings, drain bacon, crumble, and set aside.
In the skillet with the reserved bacon drippings, saute onions and celery with 1 tablespoon water. Cook until very soft, about 20 minutes.
Stir remaining water, white rice, currants, cherries, cranberries, apricots, and apples into the wild rice. Continue cooking 20 minutes, or until wild rice and white rice are tender.
In a large bowl, mix the bacon and the onion mixture into the rice mixture. Season with the Italian parsley and dried mixed herbs.