Not a rice at all, but that does not matter, since no one is going to call it Zizania palustris or aquatica, which is what it is, an annual aquatic grass that should be harvested in the wild by hand (see Resources) for best flavor and tender texture.
I could never figure out why the wild rice in most restaurants rarely tasted very exciting, certainly not exciting enough to justify its expense. So before writing this recipe, I looked in my favorite general-purpose cookbook,
I don’t agree with the pilaf method of cooking it, with measured water (
Use only the longest-grain, highest-quality rice. The broken-up ends of wild rice are a waste of money. And remember,
Wash the rice in a large bowl with enough water in it to cover the rice by
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees.
Put the rice in a gallon of boiling salted water, and cook for 20 minutes or until tender. Drain well.
Transfer the rice to a shallow casserole or roasting pan, add the melted butter, and then mix the butter and rice well with your hands so that all the grains are separated. Put the pan in the oven and bake for 20 to 30 minutes, stirring the rice and turning it over from top to bottom every 5 minutes, until the rice is fluffy and you can smell the nutty aroma of toasted wild rice.
This is delicious when served with kasha (buckwheat groats) cooked as described.
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