Copycat Kosher - Wild Rice Pilaf Casserole with Cranberries

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This Copycat Kosher Wild Rice Casserole with Cranberries is adapted and inspired by a William Sonoma recipe. This casserole has a scrumptious balance of sweet and tart. It's a KosherEye favorite and perfect for a special occasion.

Copycat kosher wild rice with cranberries

Ingredients 

4 cups chicken or vegetable stock
4 Tablespoons canola or grapeseed oil
3 large shallots, minced
2 cups wild rice or 2 cups short-grain brown rice, or a mixture of both
1⁄2 cup dried cranberries
1 bay leaf
2 fresh thyme sprigs or 1⁄4 tsp. dried thyme,
crumbled
1/2 tsp. fine sea salt, plus more, to taste
1/8 tsp. freshly ground pepper, plus
more, to taste
1 cup peeled and chopped apples (optional)
1⁄2 cup pecans, toasted and coarsely chopped (optional)
1⁄4 cup minced fresh flat-leaf parsley

Directions

Directions:
Preheat oven to 350F. In a saucepan over medium-low heat, bring the stock to a simmer.

In a heavy 2-qt. casserole, warm oil over medium heat. Add shallots and sauté until translucent, about 2 to 3 minutes. Add the rice and stir until the grains are well coated, about 3 minutes. Stir in the simmering stock, dried cranberries, bay leaf, thyme, and 1/2 tsp. sea salt and 1/8 tsp. white pepper. Bring to a simmer, stir and cover. Transfer the casserole to the oven and bake until all the liquid has been absorbed and the rice is tender, 40 to 45 minutes. Remove from oven, and discard the bay leaf and the thyme sprigs, if used. Taste and adjust the seasonings. Stir in the parsley and optional pecans and apples. Serve hot or warm.

 

Notes


If using this for Rosh Hashanah, we would suggest adding pomegranate flavored cranberries (Craisins) or some fresh pomegranate arils as a garnish when serving.
1 cup of chopped, peeled apples also make a delicious addition for YomTov. Serves about 8 as a side dish

 

Our casserole dish recommendations: 

Let's get casserolling 

By Yaakov Galen, Editor-in-chief.

 

Everyone can agree that the well-done crispy edges of a brownie batch are delicious. The same goes for many other pan-baked dishes such as casseroles. There are those that enjoy overall well-done casseroles and those who prefer fluffier medium-baked casseroles. Bake time plays into the outcome of a dish but in order to achieve the various bake textures, you need to use the right pan. In this article, we cover the various kinds of pans you should consider using to nail the type of bake texture you want in your casseroles. We went through the reviews on various online sources and spoke with our inside experts to come up with a list of casserole pans we recommend you use in your kitchen. The recommendations are listed in order of price. 

 

 

Which pressure cooker 2

 

1. Well-done, creamy with crispy edges = Metal Pan 

Metal deep dish pans are the safest way to achieve the “well-done” crispy/crunchy elements in your casserole. Aluminum is better than stainless steel for an even cook. Do not store the casserole in your metal pan because it will impart a metal taste into the sauce!

 

 A) Yup, Budget. ($20 range) 

ExcelSteel 4 Piece Stainless Roaster with Cover, Rack and Spatula (amazon)

As many of the reviews claim, this pan is deep and great for making casseroles. An all-around great pan with handles, tray, and a lid. Not the best serving dish but the best bang for your buck.

 

B) I’ll invest in this pan. ($100 range) 

All-Clad E9019964 Stainless Steel Lasagna Pan (amazon)

A household name and a Koshereye favorite. Not the exact square dimensions for particular casserole makers, however, it absolutely gets the job done and will last a lifetime. 

 

C) I take my baking extremely seriously. ($250 range) 

Le Creuset Enameled Cast Iron Signature Rectangular Roaster (amazon)

This cast iron made by famous French cookware company Le Creuset is an all-around masterpiece for your kitchen. Cook and serve right from this dish. It may be pricy but think of it as a long-term investment. It has got a long lifetime and it is a breeze to clean.

 

 

2. Fluffy and creamy = Ceramic Pan 

Ceramic, like glass, will give your casserole an even cook but will not easily achieve the “well-done” effect that metal pans will. You can serve your casserole straight in your ceramic pan because they are classy dishes, so why use a glass pan when you can use ceramic? No one needs extra dishes.

 

 A) Yup, budget. ($40 range) 

Essence Maison Rectangular Baking Dish (amazon)

Pretty serving dish and durable, this pan is a drop shy of 9 x 13 but gets the job done. 

 

B) I’ll invest in this pan. ($60 range)  

Emile Henry Made In France HR Modern Classics Large Rectangular Baker (amazon)

A beautiful dish that cooks your casserole perfectly. This Emile Henry dish is a bit deeper than its 9 x 13 listed dimensions, it is deep! Hard to find casserole pans with these kinds of dimensions. Cook and serve all-in-one. 

 

C) I take my baking extremely seriously. ($130 range) 

Le Creuset Stoneware Heritage Covered Rectangular Casserole (amazon)

Known for its quality, this Le Creuset stoneware pan is a serious piece for your baking arsenal. Paired with a lid, this pan is designed to execute both covered and uncovered recipes while achieving an all-around even cook. Designed for serious bakers but built to last. This pan can be used as a serving dish for any occasion. 

 

*This is not a sponsored post. All recommended products are Koshereye tested. We hope to only provide you with amazing Kosher products and recipes. Koshereye may make a small commission if you purchase a product through our Amazon links. 

 

 


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