Thanksgiving Side Dish: Cranberry Herb Wild Rice Pilaf

Move over mashed potatoes. This delicious side dish screams Thanksgiving. It’s big on taste but incredibly easy to make. The flavors of sweet and tangy cranberries, fresh rosemary and toasted walnuts with butter, onion, garlic and thyme will make this dish an instant holiday favorite. Because the rice is cooked in chicken broth, it’s the perfect accompaniment for turkey or any type of poultry.

Cranberry and Herb Wild Rice Pilaf | @hamiltonbeach

For best results, we suggest using a rice cooker. It easily takes on the task of cooking the combination of wild and brown rice to perfection. And it frees you up to prepare more labor-intensive dishes (not to mention it frees up using an all-important burner on your stovetop). When the rice is done, just stir in the nuts and cranberries and serve along side the turkey. Not only will this wild rice pilaf taste amazing, its deep fall colors will look festive on your Thanksgiving table, too.

Cranberry and Herb Wild Rice Pilaf | @hamiltonbeach


Cranberry Herb Wild Rice Pilaf
Serves 8
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  1. 1/4 cup butter
  2. 1 small onion, diced
  3. 2 cloves garlic, minced
  4. 1 1⁄4 cups (8 oz.) wild rice
  5. 1 cup brown rice
  6. 1 package (32 oz.) chicken stock (about 4 cups)
  7. 1 cup water
  8. 1 teaspoon salt
  9. 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  10. 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  11. 1⁄2 cup toasted coarsely chopped walnuts
  12. 1/4 cup chopped parsley
  13. 1 1/2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
  14. 1 teaspoon chopped fresh thyme
  1. In a medium skillet, over medium-high heat, melt butter. Add onion and garlic. Cook until onions are translucent, about 4 minutes.
  2. Transfer onion mixture to rice cooker cooking pot. Add wild rice, brown rice, chicken stock, water, salt and pepper. Stir well.
  3. Select rice cooker WHOLE GRAIN setting. Press START.
  4. When rice is done, stir in cranberries, walnuts, parsley, rosemary and thyme.
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    I added shaved brussel sprouts sauteed with the herbs and toasted almonds to make it go farther for a larger crowd. Tasted great!

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    Karen Pollard

    If you do not have a rice cooker, how could this be prepared?

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