Baby Brussels Sprouts with Wild Rice and Pecans

The bold color and flavor of this side dish is the perfect complement to Roast Turkey with Cornbread Stuffing. Total Time: P0DT0H0M

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Serving size: 8
Calories per serving: 292

2 cups wild rice 
3 tablespoons unsalted butter 
3/4 cup pecans 
coarse salt 
1 cup (5 ounces) red pearl onion, peeled and halved through root end 
1 pound baby brussels sprouts 
2 tablespoons sherry vinegar 
3 tablespoons pure maple syrup 
2 teaspoons dijon mustard 

1. Bring a large saucepan of water to a boil. Stir in wild rice, reduce to a simmer, and cook (uncovered) until tender, about 40 minutes. Drain rice.

2. Meanwhile, melt 2 tablespoons butter in a large saute pan over medium heat. Toast pecans, stirring frequently, until fragrant, about 5 minutes. With a slotted spoon, transfer pecans to a plate, and season with salt.

3. Add remaining 1 tablespoon butter, the pearl onions, and 1/2 cup water to pan; simmer until water is evaporated and onions are tender and pale golden, about 10 minutes.

4. Trim brussels sprouts, then score an X into the bottom of each one. Place in a steaming basket or colander set in a saucepan filled with 1 inch of water. Bring water to a boil, then reduce to a simmer; cover and steam until just tender enough to pierce with the tip of a sharp knife, 6 to 8 minutes.

5. In a bowl, whisk together sherry vinegar, maple syrup, and mustard. Add rice, brussels sprouts, and onions; toss to coat, and season with salt and pepper. Coarsely chop pecans and add just before serving, warm or at room temperature.


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