Wild Rice Stuffing

Minnesota Wild Rice Stuffing - Mom

2/3 C wild rice, uncooked*
1 large onion, chopped
2 C celery, cut into small pieces
1 1/2 loaves of bread, dried (and cubed)
Sage and lemon pepper seasoning, to taste
Water
4oz mushrooms (either canned or fresh)

*You can also use Uncle Ben's Original Wild Rice in this stuffing

Pull out that "old" bread in the freezer, let it thaw and break into chunks. 
Leave it sit on your counter to harden for a day or so before you plan to make the stuffing.

Prepare rice as directed on the package. Set aside and allow rice to cool. 
[I often prepare this a day in advance]

Dice celery and onions according to taste.

Put the celery and onion in a pan together, cover with water and simmer until tender.

When cooked, DO NOT DRAIN.
Refrigerate the veggies and their cooking water until cool.

Mix dried bread in a large bowl with the cooled celery and onion mix.

Mix to a "mush" consistency.

Add rice and mix.

The stuffing should be the consistency of oatmeal. 
If it's too dry, you can add more water, or even chicken/veggie broth. 
If you are adding mushrooms, add them now.

Place in a greased 9x13 pan and bake at 350 until heated through - approximately 45 minutes.

Stir occasionally - the most frequently you stir the softer the stuffing!