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Medjool Dates, Apricots and Wild Rice Casserole

Ingredients:

1 cup Natural Delights Medjool dates, pitted and chopped

4 cups cooked wild rice mix (we like brown rice/wild rice mix)

1 onion, chopped

2 celery stalks, chopped

3 Tbsp butter

1 tsp dried rosemary

1 Tbsp dried thyme

1 cooking apple, peeled, cored and chopped

⅔ cup ham, diced

½ cup dried apricots, diced

¾ tsp salt

½ tsp pepper

Preparation:

  1. Cook wild rice mix as instructed to yield 4 cups.

  2. Preheat oven to 350°F.

  3. Sauté onions and celery in butter on medium high heat for 4 to 5 minutes, or until soft. Stir in rosemary and thyme and remove from heat.

  4. In a large bowl, combine cooked rice with onion-celery herb mixture and add chopped Medjool dates, apple, apricots and ham. Season with salt and pepper. Spoon into a buttered 2-quart baking dish.

  5. Cover and bake for 30 minutes or until hot.