Wild Rice with Apples, Butternut Squash, Cranberries and Fresh Sage

Ingredients
2 Tbsp. olive oil
½ yellow onion, diced
2 cloves of garlic, minced
¼ tsp. ground allspice
2 Ohio apples, diced
2 Cups of wild & brown rice, cooked according to package directions
1 small butternut squash, peeled, seeded, diced medium and roasted*
1 Cup of dried cranberries
¼ Cup of Ohio maple syrup
¼ Cup of fresh sage leaves, finely chopped
Kosher salt to taste

Method

  1. In a large sauté pan over medium-high heat, sauté the onion in the olive oil until tender, 3-5 minutes. Add the garlic and allspice and sauté 1 minute more.
  2. Add the apples and cook until soft. 
  3. Add the pre-cooked rice, roasted squash, cranberries, maple syrup and sage leaves and heat through. Season to taste with salt.

Chef’s Note: To roast butternut squash: Peel squash, remove seeds, cut in cubes. Toss with olive oil & salt and place on a foil-lined sheet pan. Bake in a 425-degree oven for 40 min. until golden and tender.

Yield:  8 side dish servings