Wild Rice With Bacon And Vegetables

This is one of my favorite rice dishes. I love the flavors in this recipe and they go so well together. The Wild Rice has its own unique flavor and texture, but when you add the saltiness of the bacon and the crunch of the pecans along with the vegetables….. You get something uniquely delicious. I hope that you enjoy this wonderful side dish.

1/4 c. Pecans, toasted and chopped

1 1/2 c. Wild Rice

4 pieces thick cut Bacon, diced ( bacon fat reserved)

1 Carrot, peeled and diced small

1/2 Onion, Diced small

Salt and Pepper ( to taste)

2 Cloves Garlic, minced

1 tsp. White Wine Vinegar

1 tsp. Honey

1/4 c. Olive Oil

1 tsp. Dijon Mustard

 

(1.) Bring a large pot of water to a boil over medium heat. When The water starts boiling rapidly add 1 tbsp of salt. Stir to dissolve the salt in the water. Add the rice and stir. Cook for 30 to 35 minutes or until the rice is tender. Drain.

(2.) While the rice is cooking and cooling, Toast the pecans in a 350* oven for 8 to 10 minutes until light golden brown. let cool. Cook the bacon over medium heat in a skillet until crisp. Remove to a paper towel lined plate to drain. Reserve 2 tbsp of the bacon fat in a bowl. Set aside.

(3.) Add the Onion, carrots and garlic to the skillet and turn heat to medium low and cook them until tender crisp. about 10 to 12 minutes. You can cook them longer if you want them softer and more tender.

(4.) In a large serving bowl combine the rice, bacon and the cooked vegetables and toss to combine well. To the bowl with the reserved bacon fat (cooled) whisk in the white wine vinegar, salt, pepper, honey and Dijon mustard until thick and creamy. While whisking still, Slowly drizzle in the olive oil until combined and thickened. Check the dressing for seasoning and add more salt and pepper if needed. Add to the top of the rice and vegetable mixture and toss again to coat well. Taste the mixture to see if the seasonings are right for you and if needed add more salt and pepper. Toss again before serving to ensure the flavors are combined.

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