Opa George’s Wild Rice

Opa George’s Wild Rice Combining wild rice, mushrooms, nuts, green onions, and sour cream, my father’s recipe goes very well with any game dish. The recipe calls for fresh or dried morel mushrooms, which give the recipe its best flavor, but any type of mushroom, fresh or dried, should work well. Similarly, he always used chestnuts, but we have found that pecans and hazelnuts (and, probably walnuts or cashews) work just as well. Preparation time depends on whether one is using dried mushrooms or not.


Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

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Time Details

    PREP : 15 mins

    COOK : 45 mins

    TOTAL : 1 hr

    SERVING : 6

    YIELD : 6 servings

  • Bring water, wild rice, and 1/2 teaspoon salt to a boil in a heavy saucepan; reduce heat to low, cover, and simmer until the wild rice is tender, 30 to 45 minutes.

  • Stir morel mushrooms, chestnuts, and 2 chopped green onions into the rice; simmer until mushrooms and green onions are tender, another 15 minutes.

  • Drain any excess liquid. Mix sour cream and 1 chopped green onion into wild rice mixture; season with salt and black pepper. Serve immediately.

Per Serving: 163 calories; protein 4.4g; carbohydrates 22.9g; fat 6.5g; cholesterol 12.5mg; sodium 215.8mg. If you are using dried mushrooms, set them to soak at least two hours before cooking, preferably longer. Place mushrooms in a bowl with boiling water to cover, weighing them down with a smaller bowl or other object so that they don’t float on top of the water. After soaking, when mushrooms are soft, you can pass the mushroom liquor through a paper towel to remove any grit and substitute it for an equal amount of the cooking water for the wild rice. This will intensify the mushroom flavor of the dish.