Prep 10 mins
Cook 1 hr
I was intrigued to learn that wild rice is actually not rice but the seed of a marsh grass. It is expensive because it is beaten manually out of the grass and the harvest season is very short. I made this up with the best ingredients for special occasions. I hope you enjoy it!
- 1 cup pure wild rice
- 4 cups water
- 1⁄4 cup Grand Marnier
- 2 tablespoons salted butter, softened
- 2 leeks, white parts only-chopped into fine slices
- Clean leeks of dirt.
- Rinse rice in a strainer (a colander's holes are too big).
- Place rice, water, and Grand Marnier in a heavy 3-quart saucepan then bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat to a low boil; cover loosely and cook for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- After 20 minutes, add leeks and butter. Stir and bring back up to a boil.
- Bring back to a low boil; covered loosely, for 35 more minutes, still stirring occasionally. (cook until the rice has puffed and most of the liquid has absorbed).
- After the 35 minutes, remove from heat and fluff rice with a fork.
- Cover tightly and let stand for 5 minutes.
- Season with salt and pepper if desired then serve.