Chorizo, Pepper and Rice Stuffing

Chorizo, Pepper and Rice Stuffing

This fragrant and flavourful stuffing variation is sure to become a holiday favourite. Served as a side or as stuffing in your favourite meat, this recipe combines savoury Chorizo, sweet red pepper and nutty whole grain brown rice and is finished with smoked paprika, giving this dish a seasonal splash of colour.

What You’ll Need:

Ingredients

4 gluten-free fresh Chorizo sausages, casings removed
2 tbsp olive oil 30 mL
1 onion, chopped
1 celery stalk, chopped
1 red bell pepper, chopped
2 cloves, garlic, minced
2 tsp each, chopped fresh rosemary and thyme 10 mL
1 tsp smoked paprika 5 mL
1/2 tsp each salt and fresh cracked pepper 2 mL
2 tbsp tomato paste 30 mL
1 1/2 cups U.S. brown rice 375 mL
1/2 cup white wine 125 mL
 3 cups gluten-free chicken broth 750 mL
1/4 cup toasted sliced almonds 50 mL
1/4 cup fresh chopped parsley 50 mL
 1 tbsp lemon zest 15 mL

Directions

In skillet, brown sausage meat over medium-high heat, breaking meat into small pieces with the back of a wooden spoon. Set aside.

Add oil to same skillet and cook onion and celery until onion is translucent and beginning to brown, about 6 minutes. Add red pepper, garlic, thyme, rosemary, paprika, salt and pepper and stir for one minute. Stir in tomato paste and brown rice, cook until rice coated with tomato and oil mixture, about one minute. Stir in wine, scraping any brown bits from the bottom of the pan. Add chicken broth and sausage and bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until all liquid has been absorbed, about 30 minutes. Remove from heat but keep covered for another 15 minutes. Fluff with fork and gently stir in almonds, fresh chopped parsley and lemon zest.

Serve this as a side dish or let cool completely and use it to stuff pork, chicken, lamb or turkey.

Makes 8 servings.

PER SERVING: about 250 cal, 6 g pro, 9 g total fat (2 g sat fat), 33 g carb, 3 g fibre, 10 mg chol, 320 mg sodium. %RDI: iron 8%, calcium 4%, vit A 20%, vit C 60%

Tip: This dish can also be spread into a casserole and sprinkled with some crumbled goat cheese feta and baked until crisp on the top.

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