Red Rice and Quinoa Stuffing with Mushrooms and Kale


• 1 1/2 cups Bhutanese Red Rice
• 1 Bunch Kale, Stemmed and Washed Thoroughly
• 1/2 cup Quinoa (Blond, not Red or Black)
• 4 1/2 cups Water, Chicken Stock or Vegetable Stock
• Salt to Taste
• 2 tablespoons Extra Virgin Olive Oil
• 1 Small or Medium Onion, Finely Chopped
• 1 Cup Diced Celery 2 Garlic Cloves, Minced
• 3/4 lb. Cremini or White Mushrooms, Trimmed and Sliced
• 1/4 cup Dry White Wine
• Freshly Ground Pepper
• 1 Tablespoon Finely Chopped Fresh Sage (more to taste)
• 1 Tablespoon Fresh Thyme Leaves

Bring a large pot of water to a boil, add salt to taste and the kale. Blanch for 4 minutes and transfer
the kale to a bowl of cold water. Drain, squeeze out water and chop medium-fine. Transfer to a large

Place 3 cups of the stock or water in one medium saucepan with the red rice and the remaining
1 1/2 cups in another smaller saucepan with the quinoa and bring both to a boil. You can use some
of the cooking water from the kale for this, but don’t use all kale water, as the flavor will be bitter. Add
salt to taste, reduce the heat, cover and simmer the rice until it is tender and no liquid remains in
the pan, 30 to 50 minutes depending on the type of rice used (follow the timing instructions on the
package). Cook the quinoa for 15 minutes, until the grains are tender and display a little thread. If
any liquid remains in the pot, drain through a strainer, then return the quinoa to the pot. When the
grains are cooked, place clean kitchen towels over the tops of the pots. Return the lids and let sit
for 10 to 15 minutes, then transfer to the bowl with the kale.

While the grains are cooking, prepare the remaining ingredients. Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over
medium heat in a large, heavy skillet and add the onion. Cook, stirring often, until the onion begins
to soften, about 3 minutes. Add the celery and a generous pinch of salt, and continue to cook until
the onion is completely tender, another 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in the garlic and cook, stirring, until fragrant,
another 30 to 60 seconds. Remove from the heat and transfer to the bowl with the kale and grains.

Return the pan to medium-high heat and add the remaining tablespoon of olive oil. When it is hot,
add the mushrooms. Cook the mushrooms, stirring or shaking the pan, until they are lightly seared
and tender. Add the wine and salt and pepper to taste and cook, stirring to deglaze the bottom of the
pan, until all of the liquid has evaporated. Add to the grains. Stir in the remaining ingredients and
combine well. Taste and adjust seasonings, and transfer to a lightly oiled or buttered baking dish.
Cover with foil.

Warm the stuffing in a 325-degree oven for 20 to 30 minutes before serving.

Yield: Makes about 7 cups, serving 12 to 14

Advance Preparation:

The cooked grains will keep for 3 days in the refrigerator and can be frozen. The stuffing benefits
from being made a day ahead.

Nutritional information per serving (12 servings):
152 calories; 1 gram saturated fat; 1 gram polyunsaturated fat; 2 grams monounsaturated fat;
0 milligrams cholesterol; 27 grams carbohydrates; 3 grams dietary fiber; 20 milligrams sodium
(does not include salt to taste); 4 grams protein.

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