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Company Rice

Yield 8 servings
Today's supermarkets carry a variety of wild rice blends. Pick one for a 5- to 15- minute substitute for company rice.

Ingredients

  • 1 (6-ounce) package wild rice
  • 1/4 cup butter or margarine, cut into pieces
  • 1 (8-ounce) package sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 3 green onions, chopped (about 1/4 cup)
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1 (14 1/2-ounce) can ready-to-serve chicken broth
  • 2 tablespoons sherry
  • 1/2 cup sliced almonds, toasted (optional)

How to Make It

  1. Make-Ahead Slow Cooker Method: Combine first 7 ingredients in a 4-quart electric slow cooker; cover and cook on HIGH setting 3 hours. Drain excess liquid, if necessary. Fluff rice with a fork; sprinkle with almonds, if desired.

  2. Cooktop Method: Melt butter in a 2-quart saucepan over medium heat. Stir in rice, cook, stirring occasionally, 5 minutes. Add mushrooms and next 4 ingredients, bring to a boil. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 1 hour and 5 minutes or until rice is done; drain excess liquid, if desired. Fluff rice with a fork; sprinkle with almonds.

Christmas with Southern Living 1999