Wednesday, November 18, 2020

Cranberry Rice Pilaf #CranberryWeek

This Cranberry Rice Pilaf is full of Fall flavors and the perfect side dish for your Holiday table this year.

Cranberry Rice Pilaf

We are celebrating Cranberries this week with the Festive Foodies crew.....
Christie of A Kitchen Hoor's Adventures has invited us all to join her in creating and sharing cranberry recipes in honor of National Cranberry Day on November 21st.  

I posted a wonderful Cranberry and Pecan bread yesterday and am sharing this Cranberry Rice Pilaf with you today.  Many of the others are posting all week long and you will find their recipes by searching #CranberryWeek on social media.  

Let's see what everyone cooked up with Cranberries today.......

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This dish was so wonderfully spiced and flavorful that it was almost like eating a dessert.  I didn't have any leftovers but if I had I would have turned them into a rice pudding.  In fact, I may serve this dish up again when it is just the 3 of us so that I can do just that!!

Side Dishes, Rice, Cranberries, Apples, Cinnamon, Holiday Sides, Fall Flavors
Rice, Side Dishes
Yield: 8 Servings
Author: Wendy Klik
Cranberry Rice Pilaf

Cranberry Rice Pilaf

This Cranberry Rice Pilaf is full of Fall flavors and the perfect side dish for your Holiday table this year.
Prep time: 10 MinCook time: 25 MinTotal time: 35 Min


  • 1 T. olive oil
  • 1 cinnamon stick
  • 1 clove garlic, smashed
  • 2 c. Royal Blend Rice
  • 1 c. apple cider
  • 2 c. water
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1/2 c. dried cranberries
  • 2 small apples, cored and chopped
  • 1 sweet onion, chopped
  • handful of chopped parsley 


  1. Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat.  Add cinnamon stick and smashed garlic and cook until fragrant.  Add onions  and apple.  Cook for a few minutes until onion is translucent and apple is starting to soften.  Stir in rice, cider, water, dried cranberries, salt and pepper.  Bring to a boil.  Reduce heat to a simmer and cook until liquid is absorbed, 15-20 minutes.  Stir in most of the parsley saving some for sprinkling on top as garnish.


Adapted from a recipe found in Country Living.



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  1. I love that you added apples to this pilaf! Cranberries and apples sound so good in here!

  2. I have GOT to get out and buy some cranberries! I usually make a wild rice-cranberry-orange dish for Thanksgiving. I might just make it for dinner tonight. Thanks!

  3. Great minds! Cranberries and apples go so well together!

  4. I love using cranberries in savory dishes! Can't wait to have this dish!

  5. This is a lovely way to jazz up rice and make it extra flavorful.

  6. A great recipe with wonderful combination of apples and cranberries.

  7. A great mix of sweet and savory in this pilaf!


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