Why cook a regular grain for dinner when you could choose something a little wilder. The long, black grain wild rice takes considerably longer than white rice to cook, but the nutty flavor and complex texture make it worth it (as do the added nutrients and antioxidants). If your wild rice tends to turn out on the tough side, here’s an easy, foolproof way to prepare it properly over your stovetop.

  1. Place the desired amount of wild rice in a bowl and cover in cold water. Stir, then let stand for 5 minutes before draining. This should cause any dirt or debris to rise to the top before preparation.
  2. Wild rice is cooked in a 1:4 ratio. Whether you decide to use water or a favorite stock, you’ll use 1 cup of wild rice to 4 cups of liquid. Beef or mushroom stock complement the nutty flavor of rice.
  3. Combine liquid and wild rice in a pot and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 45 minutes to an hour. Wild rice will split and turn lighter in color when ready.
  4. Smother in butter and serve.

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