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Wild Rice with Tomatoes, Cheese and Olives :rectnt

Wild Rice with Tomatoes, Cheese and Olives

...threw that reference to olives in to attract Oz! :lol

This is one of the dishes that brings back a flood of memories.... As a young child, we would frequently visit the Georges', whose lovely home sat high atop a hill overlooking Loma Linda, CA. Despite the auspicious location, and the fact that, as a doctor's wife, she was a consummate hostess, meals in Mrs. George's home were often served family-style, around their kitchen table and featured warm and comforting dishes that still linger in my memory.... I located her wild rice (with olives!) recipe in my mother's yellowed, tattered collection of personal favorites.

Ingredients:

1 cup uncooked wild rice*
1 cup chopped tomatoes (more or less to taste, may use a 14-16-ounce can diced tomatoes)
1 cup grated yellow cheese (more or less to taste)**
1/2 cup chopped onion
1/4 cup oil
1 small can (sliced) mushrooms (drained, I assume, though recipe didn't say)
1 cup sliced ripe olives
1 1/2 cups boiling water
Salt to taste (LuAnn added)

Instructions:

Wash rice.
Soak 2 hours in hot water, changing the water about four times.*
Mix all ingredients.
Pour into a greased casserole (covered, I assume).
Bake at 325ºF for 2 1/2 hours.


*I might suggest an updated way to prepare this casserole would be to begin with COOKED wild rice. One cup of uncooked rice would equal 3 to 4 cups of COOKED wild rice. If cooked rice was used, I assume the 1 1/2 cups of boiling water added to the casserole could be omitted and the dish could simply be baked at 350ºF long enough to heat thoroughly (30 minutes, perhaps, rather than 2 1/2 hours)!

**Although mother's recipe specified grated cheese, as I remember, Mrs. George's casserole had small cubes of cheese - which were oh so lovely to run into. (Back in my dairy-eating days, of course). :wink

Source: Given to my mother by Katherine George, probably 40 years ago, or more!; posted by LuAnn for KRT.

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