Wild Rice with Heavenly Hazelnut Sauce
Used with permission from the new cookbook
V Cuisine: The Art of New Vegan Cooking
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Wild Rice with Heavenly Hazelnut Sauce: Serves 4–6
2 cups (500 mL) wild rice
1 red pepper, finely diced
1 green pepper, finely diced
3 green onions, finely chopped
½ cup (125 mL) parsley or cilantro, finely chopped
For Heavenly Hazelnut Sauce:
2 Tbsp (30 mL) olive oil
1 large onion, finely chopped
1 green onion, finely chopped
4 cloves garlic, finely chopped
2 Tbsp (30 mL) flour
3 cups (750 mL) unsweetened soy milk
2 Tbsp (30 mL) dry sherry
1 cup (250 mL) hazelnuts, crushed
salt and pepper to taste
- Wild Rice
- Boil 5 cups (1.25L) of water in a pot and then add the rice.
- Cover it, turn the heat down to low and boil/steam that way until the water is cooked off, about 20–25 minutes.
- The rice will be tender through but still have some bite to it.
- Take the red and green pepper, green onion and parsley or cilantro and add them to the rice pot when it's hot, but the rice is done cooking.
- That way they'll steam a bit on the rice, but still have some crunch.
- Keep it covered until you serve it.
- For Heavenly Hazelnut Sauce:
- Whisk constantly until the flour begins to cook, then add a little bit of the soy milk and continue to whisk it.
- Keep adding the soy milk, slowly, until the sauce has the consistency of heavy cream.
- Add the sherry if desired.
- Add the hazelnuts.
- Turn the heat to low and continue to simmer it for at least 10 minutes.
- If the sauce gets too thick, add more soy milk or a little bit of water and whisk it again.
- Keep an eye on it constantly so that it doesn’t stick (this shouldn’t be a problem if the heat is low).
- The hazelnuts will soften and the entire sauce will improve as the flavors meld.
- Remove the sauce from the heat and cool it a bit.
- Completely puree the sauce or if you want the sauce chunky (hazelnuts, onions, etc.) then you can leave it.
- I like this sauce silky smooth though, so I use an upright or hand-held blender to puree it.
- Heat the sauce up to hot again and then serve it immediately.
- When removing the rice from the pan, stir in the veggies you added.
- Season it with salt and pepper.
Wild rice is excellent. It really isn’t rice, it’s a grain, so better yet. It's pretty expensive, so most people only have it in a pilaf. Some is better than none. It's even better, though, when there's wild rice only. I love it as the star of a dish. There's something special about this long black grain that's excitingly different. Pair it with this hazelnut sauce and you'll fly into the wild blue yonder
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