Photo: Jim Franco; Styling: Lydia Degaris Pursell
Hands-on Time
40 Mins
Total Time
1 Hour 5 Mins
Yield
Makes 8 servings

Wild Rice with Bacon and Fennel is an earthy side dish that pairs well with rustic pork roast. Be sure to add Wild Rice with Bacon and Fennel to your fall or winter menu.

How to Make It

Step 1

Cook wild rice according to package directions; drain.

Step 2

Meanwhile, cook bacon in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat 7 to 8 minutes or until crisp; drain on paper towels, reserving 1 Tbsp. drippings in skillet. Chop bacon.

Step 3

Sauté fennel bulb and onion in hot drippings over medium-high heat 5 minutes or until softened. Add garlic; sauté 1 minute. Add broth and next 3 ingredients; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium-low; cover and simmer 8 minutes or until tender. Stir in rice and bacon; cook, stirring often, 3 minutes.

Step 4

Transfer to a large serving bowl. Stir in fennel fronds and vinegar. Stir in walnuts just before serving.

Chef's Notes

Use wild rice, not a blend, for the best texture.

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