Turkey and Wild Rice Casserole

Serves 8

Leftover roasted turkey or chicken are perfect in this hearty main course dish.

Ingredients: 
  • 6 cups water
  • Salt to taste
  • 3 cups uncooked wild rice blend
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1/2 cup chopped onions
  • 2 tablespoons flour
  • 1 1/2 cup chicken broth, hot
  • Ground nutmeg to taste
  • Pepper to taste
  • 2/3 pound yellow squash, grated (with skin and seeds)
  • 1/2 pound cooked turkey, shredded
  • 1/2 cup dried cranberries
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped walnuts
  • 2 tablespoons chopped mixed herbs (such as sage, thyme, rosemary or oregano)
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Method: 

Preheat oven to 400°F. Lightly oil a 9- x 13-inch casserole dish; set aside.

Bring 6 cups salted water to a boil in a medium pot. Add rice and bay leaves and stir briefly; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low, cover and simmer, stirring occasionally, until liquid is absorbed and rice is cooked through, about 40 minutes. Remove and discard bay leaves; fluff rice with a fork.

Meanwhile, heat 2 tablespoons of the oil in a small saucepan over medium heat. Add onions and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and translucent, 4 to 5 minutes. Stir in flour and cook, stirring constantly, for 2 minutes more. Whisk in broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium low and simmer, stirring occasionally, until thickened, about 20 minutes. Season with nutmeg, salt and pepper; set sauce aside.

Heat remaining olive oil in a large skillet over medium high heat. Add squash, salt and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, until softened, 5 to 7 minutes; transfer to a large bowl. Add reserved cooked rice, sauce and squash and toss to combine. Add turkey, cranberries, walnuts, herbs, salt and pepper and toss again, just until combined. Transfer rice mixture to prepared dish and bake until hot throughout and just golden brown on top, 20 to 30 minutes.

Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving:410 calories (110 from fat), 12g total fat, 1.5g saturated fat, 15mg cholesterol, 350mg sodium, 62g carbohydrate (6g dietary fiber, 8g sugar), 18g protein
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