Grandma Sander’s Wild Rice Hot Dish

Serves about 12 – 14 as a side dish
Serves about 8 – 10 as an entree

Ingredients

2 Cups of Wild Rice, Soaked
2 – 3.8 oz. Cans of Sliced Black Olives
6 Tbsp. Brown Rice
2 – 6.5 oz. Can of Mushrooms, pieces and stems
16 oz.  Velveeta Cheese, cut into 1/4″ Cubes
3 Cups Boiling Water
2 Cups Finely Diced Yellow Onion
1 Cup Olive Oil
1 tsp. Salt
1/3 Cup Scallions (Green Part Only)
1 tsp. Black Pepper
2 – 14.5 oz. Cans of Stewed Tomatoes

Directions

Soak Wild Rice in water for a minimum of 6 hours or as long as overnight.

When ready to put the casserole together preheat oven to 325˚F.

Drain Wild Rice and pour it into a 3 Qt. Casserole Dish.  Add the following ingredients to the wild rice:  Brown Rice, Olive Oil, Boiling Water, Black Olives with the juices, Mushrooms with the juices, Stewed Tomatoes with the juices, Diced Onion, Salt & Pepper.  Stir well, dispersing all of the ingredients throughout the casserole.

Dot the cubes of Velveeta all over the top of the casserole.  Gently fold the cheese into the rest of the ingredients so that it will melt evenly throughout the center of the casserole.

Cover casserole with Aluminum Foil and place in the center of the oven. Bake for 2 1/2 Hours.

Remove Foil and sprinkle with Green Onions and bake, uncovered, for another 30 – 40 minutes.  The casserole is done when it has a nice brown color on the top and all of the liquid has soaked into the rice.

Remove from the oven and let it sit for about 15 minutes and then serve!

I love to serve this with some delicious hearty whole grain bread!  Spread it with some unsalted butter and drizzle it with honey!  The salty flavors from the casserole and the sweet and creamy flavors of the bread and honey are perfect together!  I like to drizzle honey on the actual hot dish…I dare you to try it this way!  It’s DELICIOUS!!!!

You can DEFINITELY half this recipe very easily.  Just keep an eye on the cooking time, it will most likely be shortened by about a half an hour or so.  But trust me, if you make a full recipe it won’t last long before it gets devoured, I’ve never seen it last more than a day and half as everyone in the house usually sneaks into the kitchen grabbing forkfuls to snack on until it’s gone!

Enjoy!!!!