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Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Wild Rice & Cabbage Gratin










This may not be the most strikingly beautiful dish you will ever prepare but it will be the tastiest dish!!  This is comfort food at its finest.  Best of all, this recipe would be wonderful as a side dish for a crowd or a stand alone meal at home.  So warm and gooey, creamy and delightful.  This will soon become your favorite go to week night meal.

Put some wild rice on the stove to cook - following package instructions.  I use a mix of two different Trader Joe's rices - 1 total cup of rice, 2 1/2 cups of water, and about 30 minutes until set. 

Meanwhile - saute up two onions sliced finely in olive oil and butter. I used a red and a white because it's what I had on hand.  Add in 2-3 cloves of crushed fresh garlic and some salt and pepper.  Shred one small head of cabbage and add to the pan once the onions are soft.  Cook until the cabbage wilts down and becomes tender.  Season with cumin and additional pepper if needed.

Once the rice is done.  Put in a separate bowl and add 1/4 cup of sour cream and 1 - 8 oz package of mascarpone cheese (you could use cream cheese).  Stir together until melted.

Then combine the rice / cheese mixture with the cabbage onion mixture and pour all of it into a baking dish.  Top with gluten free bread crumbs if desired (I used a sort of corn meal crust topping I had in the cupboard).  Then into a 375 degree oven for 35-45 minutes, just until the top is golden and bubbly.  

Absolutely delicious!!

And it freezes well for a make-ahead meal - can't beat that :)

Enjoy!

Always, J