If you are like me and looking for something other than the usual crumb based stuffings, then give rice stuffing a try. I sometimes find bread stuffing a little too heavy and was looking for a lighter alternative.
It's easy to make. Just cook the rice according to the directions on the packet and add whatever ingredients you would normally use.
Dried fruit adds a wonderful flavor and stops the stuffing from being too bland. It's also a good idea to add lots of herbs. Nuts adds crunch and texture and you can even add squeezed orange or lemon juice.
You can use white or brown rice, or even wild rice for added color and texture.
3 cups cooked long grain rice
½ cup toasted pine nuts
1 ½ cups chopped dried apricots
1 ½ cups chopped pitted prunes
4 sliced spring onions (shallots or scallion)
1 tablespoon finely grated orange zest
1/3 cup orange juice
½ teaspoon salt
pinch of pepper
1 lightly beaten egg
How to Make
60 g / 2 oz butter
1 onion, finely chopped
2 cups cooked brown rice
1 cup chopped dried apricots
½ cup unsalted cashews, chopped
¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint
1 tablespoon lemon juice
How to Make
Good to Know
If fresh parsley and mint are unavailable, the dried variety can be substituted.
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