I recently saw this recipe in Ina Garten's new book and wanted to try it right away, thinking it would be the perfect winter (or Thanksgiving) side dish. I followed the directions, but the rice was still pretty crunchy. It wasn't tender at all.
I also thought this dish was way too salty; it calls for mixing 1 teaspoon in to the finished rice. It was too much. I couldn't even eat it.
Overall, I was very disappoint with this...even though it sounds so good! Any suggestions to make it better?
Orange Pecan Wild Rice
from Barefoot Contessa: Back to Basics by Ina Garten
1 cup wild rice
1 1/4 cups chicken stock, preferably homemade
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
1 cup seedless green grapes, halved
1/2 cup scallions, sliced in rounds, white and light green parts (2 scallions)
1 cup pecan halves, toasted and coarsely chopped
1 teaspoon grated orange zest
2 tablespoons freshly squeezed orange juice
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- Place the rice, chicken stock, 1 1/4 cups water, 1 tablespoon butter, and 1 teaspoon salt in a medium saucepan and bring to a boil over medium heat.
- Cover the pot and lower the heat to simmer and cook for about 1 hour, until the rice is tender and the grains begin to burst open. Stir the rice occasionally while it's cooking, scraping the bottom of the pan to prevent it from sticking.
- Turn off the heat and allow the rice to steam for about 5 minutes.
- Stir the remaining tablespoon of butter into the rice, then add the grapes, scallions, pecans, orange zest, orange juice, 1 teaspoon salt, and the pepper and toss well.
- Taste for seasonings and serve hot.