Have you ever invented your own recipe for a main course or side dish for your family?  I did, while I was single, and couldn’t afford to eat out.  Since I cooked all my own meals, I had to introduce some variation to my somewhat monotonous menu.  I actually came up with this one while half asleep on a weekend morning.  It sounded so much fun, I had to try it, so I found the ingredients in my pantry, and came up with this.  It’s easy to make, and very tasty and versatile.

RushBabe49’s Craisin Pilaf

Ingredients:

1 Cup long-grain brown rice

1/4 Cup wild rice, rinsed well

2 Tbsp. minced onions (the dried variety)

1 chicken bouillon cube

1/2 Cup Craisins (sweetened, dried cranberries)

2 Tbsp. butter or margarine

2-1/2 Cups water

Directions:

In a heavy saucepan, over medium heat, cook both kinds of rice and onions in butter for approximately two minutes.  Add water and bouillon cube and bring to a boil.  Reduce heat, cover, and cook approximately 15 minutes, until the water is almost absorbed.  Add Craisins and mix well.  Re-cover and cook until water is completely absorbed.  May be served as a side dish, or makes a great poultry stuffing.

I hope you like it.  Merry Christmas!

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