I just had the most interesting conversation with my Mom. We were talking about Thanksgiving dinner – and our Wild Rice Stuffing/Dressing recipe. I had been under the impression that it was a Northern Minnesota thing – but she said actually my Grandma started it – so it hits even closer to home! My grandma passed away when I was about 6-mos old – so this is one of those “legacy” recipes that I will pass on to my kids.
So the story goes, the idea was started in the late 50’s or early 60’s by Grandma Alpha when Grandpa Don asked her what they could do with all that wild rice. At the time he was a buyer of the raw rice and would sell it raw. Then one year he had it processed and was selling it already processed and they had a ton of it.
The history of wild rice is uniquely American. It is actually a grain, and is the only cereal grain native to North America. Wild Rice is a strong replacement for white or brown rice in your diet. It is higher in protein, lower in carbs , and is higher in Vitamin A and folic acid. Its pretty low in fat (depending upon how you cook it) but it is a really good source of Omega-3s. It’s a great alternative to rice in casseroles and soups.
This is a really cool video about how it was harvested and how it is now harvested.
I cannot imagine a turkey dinner without this stuff. It’s why I have almost always cooked thanksgiving – or had it at mom’s – since I was married and had children. We’ve gone elsewhere a few times, but I always made stuffing and turkey at home so we had “the right stuff” for the holiday!
What holiday traditional foods are you looking forward to on Thursday?