Something Wild About That Turkey

Of all the silly infantile jokes, this one takes the cake (or a pumpkin pie, in this case):

What did the turkey say when he saw a computer? “Google, google, google!”

I guess that was a wild turkey who had never been introduced to a Publix freezer. But then, if we believe the story about Pilgrims and Indians, and the first Thanksgiving, those turkeys did not know from Publix either. I am talking about the birds, Beautiful People, not the Pilgrims and Indians!  Since at this day and age we have to hunt for our turkeys (real or vegan) in a supermarket freezer, I decided to give it at least something wild – stuffing.

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I was asked for stuffing recipes, so here is a wild one! We used to roast duck with this stuffing, and I thought a turkey would also appreciate something original. I used a mix of wild, brown, and long grain white rice, and I just cooked it all together in my handy little rice cooker, with a pinch of salt and a little Smart Balance.

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While the rice was cooking, I chopped walnuts and prunes. You can probably use other dry fruit as well, but I haven’t tried, so I don’t know.

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Once your rice is ready, mix it with chopped nuts and prunes, and season it with cinnamon, sumac, salt and pepper, and my secret ingredient – sweet wine. Mix it well and cook for another 5 minutes or so. If rice is not soft enough, add some water, but not much. Remember, it’ll go inside the turkey and cook in turkey juices for hours! You don’t want it mushy.

You can have it done in advance and freeze it, but make sure to defrost it before stuffing the turkey. It is delicious on its own at any time during the year, and very easy to make. But mixed with those turkey juices – your wild Thanksgiving will be more delicious than ever!

INGREDIENTS

  • 6 cups cooked rice mix, wild, brown, and long grain white in equal amounts (2 cups uncooked)
  • 1 cup roughly chopped walnuts
  • 1 cup roughly chopped pitted prunes
  • 1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon sumac
  • 1 tablespoon sweet red wine
  • Salt and pepper to taste

PROCEDURE

  • Cook rice according to directions
  • Add walnuts and prunes. Add wine, season to taste. Add water, if needed.
  • Mix, cook for 5 more minutes.

Happy Thanksgiving, Beautiful People!

30 Comments Add yours

  1. feistyfroggy says:

    Happy Thanksgiving to you as well!

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    1. Thank you so much, dear friend! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

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  2. Rice stuffings are really delicious, but you don’t often see them at Thanksgiving!

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    1. That’s true, dear Dorothy, but nobody says we can’t have it, right?

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  3. Happy Thanksgiving, Dolly! A very yummy stuffing. Can smell the walnuts as an also great ingredient. Michael

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Michael!

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  4. lghiggins says:

    I usually go with a cornbread/bread stuffing because that was traditional in my family. Your rice dish sounds delicious, however, and I’m thinking it might be perfect with a Christmas meal.

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Linda; I hope you like it. Happy Thanksgiving!

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  5. ShiraDest says:

    Ok, instead of going to bed, I’m going to the kitchen! 🙂
    Good night!
    Safe Air Hugs!

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    1. Kitchen is the best source of comfort – for me, at least.
      Love,
      D

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      1. ShiraDest says:

        🙂
        Having food available is always a comfort for me.

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      2. I gathered as much, darling. Remeber, I have worked with kids like that.
        Much love,
        D

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  6. An especially good tip about not adding too much water

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    1. You actually read my funky stuff, Derrick? I am grateful! Flattered, too.

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  7. Garfield Hug says:

    Happy Thanksgiving! I did not know it is this week? I thought it was next week. I like the turkey humor…google google! LOL!

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    1. It is this week, darling, and I thank you!

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  8. There’s room on the table for it all!

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    1. Definitely, dear Dorothy, as long as we give thanks to Him for all this bounty!

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  9. Wild rice stuffing sounds like a nice change from the regular bread stuffing I use. 🌾

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    1. It is for us too. Enjoy your Thanksgiving, dear Gail!

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  10. CarolCooks2 says:

    I love wild rice stuffings…Happy Thanksgiving dear Dolly enjoy that Turkey 🙂 x

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Carol!

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  11. We’ve never actually put stuffing in a turkey to cook it, Grandma insists the bird be stuffed only with an apple and an onion. Every once in so often, though, my Sweetie wants turkey for times other than Thanksgiving, and i’m going to buy one and try this stuffing. It sounds wonderful and unique!

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    1. Thank you so much, dear Mimi; I am so glad you like this Middle Eastern-style stuffing. I would only stuff a duck with apples and pearl onions; it has never occurred to me to try it on a turkey. Maybe when the Covid madness is over and we can have large gatherings again, I’ll try it.
      Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours, darling!

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  12. Lulu: “Mama and Dada were watching Colbert the other night and he had some Wild Turkey, but it was in a glass and didn’t have feathers and he drank it instead of eating it.”
    Charlee: “That doesn’t really sound like a turkey, then.”
    Lulu: “Right? Maybe it was mislabeled or something.”

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    1. We have never seen our Mama drink Turkey, wild or any other kind. She only cooks it. And Papa drinks rum with his cigar.
      Meows and purrs from The Cat Gang.

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  13. Thanksgiving happens to be my favorite holiday. We make the traditional bread stuffing, but a variation is always welcome. Gobble, gobble. Love, A. ❤

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    1. To me, Thanksgiving is a bittersweet memory of my father. He preferred my rice stuffing, so I continue making it in his memory.
      I hope you had a nice Thanksgiving, dear Anna!
      Love,
      D

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