Wednesday, September 01, 2010


makes ten servings

2 1/2 quarts water
2 1/2 cups wild rice (1 pound)
1 1/2 cups hazelnuts (6 ounces)
1/2 pound sliced bacon
3 tablespoons unsalted butter
2 pounds leeks, white and tender green parts, halved lengthwise and sliced 1/4 inch thick
1 celery rib, finely chopped
1 1/2 teaspoons finely chopped thyme
Salt and freshly ground pepper
2 tablespoons finely chopped flat-leaf parsley

Bring the water to a boil in a large saucepan. Add the wild rice, cover and cook over moderate heat until tender, about 1 hour. Drain well. Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350°. Spread the hazelnuts on a rimmed baking sheet and toast for 15 minutes, or until fragrant. Transfer the nuts to a kitchen towel and let cool, then rub off the skins. Coarsely chop the nuts. In a large, deep skillet, cook the bacon over moderate heat until crisp, about 8 minutes. Drain the bacon on paper towels. Pour off all but 2 tablespoons of the bacon fat from the skillet. Add 2 tablespoons of the butter and the leeks, celery and thyme. Season with salt and pepper and cook over moderate heat until the leeks are tender, 7 to 8 minutes. Add the wild rice, season with salt and pepper and cook just until warmed through. Stir the toasted hazelnuts, the remaining 1 tablespoon of butter and the parsley into the wild rice, sprinkle in the bacon and serve.

bacon recipe courtesy of: Grace Parisi, "Thanksgiving Sides," Food & Wine, November 2000

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