Thanksgiving Rice

Thanksgiving Rice on a blue rustic plate with a blue toned background.
Prep Time: 
55 min prep time
Number of Servings: 
Recipe Source: 
From Back to the Cutting Board by Christina Pirello  ($19.95, BenBella, 2018)​, © Maja Danica Pečanić


  • 1 cup medium-grain brown rice, rinsed well
  • 12 cup brown basmati rice, rinsed well
  • 12 cup unsweetened dried cranberries, soaked in warm water for 15 minutes and drained
  • 12 cup organic corn kernels (fresh or frozen)
  • Grated zest and juice of 1 lime
  • Grated zest and juice of 1 orange
  • 3 cups spring or filtered water
  • Generous pinch sea salt
  • 1 cup coarsely minced pecans


  1. Combine rices, cranberries, corn, lime zest, orange zest, and water in a heavy pot. Cover loosely and bring to a boil. Add salt and cover. Reduce heat to low and cook for 40 to 45 minutes,until all liquid has been absorbed and rice is fluffy.
  2. While rice cooks, place a dry skillet over medium heat. Pan-toast pecan pieces by stirring them in hot skillet until lightly browned and fragrant, taking care not to burn them. Transfer to a small bowl to cool.
  3. When rice is cooked, gently fold in toasted nuts, lime juice, and orange juice. Transfer to a serving bowl and serve immediately.
Nutrition Info: 
409 Calories, 7 g Protein, 63 g Carbohydrates, 6 g Fiber, 16 g Total fat (2 g sat), 238 mg Sodium, ★★★ Vitamin B1 (thiamine), Phosphorus,  ★★ Vitamin B3 (niacin), B6, C, Magnesium, Zinc