December 9, 2012

Wild Rice Soup

On the Menu Today~
Wild Rice Soup

A family favorite on a cold winter evening~

Wild Rice Facts:
Known for its luxurious and nutty flavor and chewy texture,
wild rice isn't really rice at all.
Instead, it's a long-grain marsh grass native to the northern Great Lakes area,
where it's harvested by the local Indians.
There's also now commercial wild rice production in California,
as well as several Midwest States.
It's important to clean wild rice thoroughly before cooking it.
The best method is to place the rice in a medium bowl and fill it with cold water.
Give it a couple of stirs and set aside for a few minutes.
Any debris will float to the surface and the water can then be poured off.
Depending on the method used,
wild rice can take up to an hour to cook,
and overcooking will produce starchy results.
Wild Rice is expensive,
which is why its often combined with
brown rice or bulgher wheat.
Wild Rice is also called Indian Rice.

We are extremely fortunate to live in Wisconsin,
where wild rice grows.
Wild Rice is still harvested by
native Wisconsin Indians tribes
living in the northern regions of Wisconsin.

We are fortunate to be able to
purchase local harvested wild rice
at extremely great prices,

 Wild Rice Soup

  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 1 large carrot, shredded
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 1 celery rib, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 3 cups cooked wild rice
  • 1 pound bilk Italian sweet sausage, cooked and drained
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 to 2 tablespoons hot sauce
  • 1 (12 oz) can evaporated milk
Cooking Directions:

  1. In a large saucepan or dutch oven saute' onion, carrot, green pepper, celery and garlic in butter until tender. Stir in flour until blended. Gradually add broth, whisk together until blended. Stir in rice, sausage, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil over medium heat, stir constantly for for 2 minutes. Stir in milk and hot sauce.
  2. Cook 1 hour until heated through.
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