Wild Rice with Mushrooms

INGREDIENTS

  • 2   (6-oz.) packages long-grain and wild rice mix
  • 3 tablespoons butter
  • 1 large sweet onion, diced
  • 12 ounces fresh mushrooms, trimmed and sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 cup Marsala
  • 1/2 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley

DIRECTIONS

Prepare rice mix according to package directions. Meanwhile, melt butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat; add onion, and sauté 7 minutes or until golden. Add mushrooms and salt; sauté 4 to 5 minutes or until mushrooms are tender. Add Marsala, and sauté 3 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Stir mushroom mixture and parsley into prepared rice.

Creamy Mashed Potatoes

INGREDIENTS

  • 3 pounds gold potatoes
  • 2 teaspoons salt, divided
  • 1/3 cup butter
  • 1/3 cup half-and-half
  • 4 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 3/4 teaspoon coarsely ground pepper

DIRECTIONS

Peel, Boil & Drain. Peel potatoes, and cut into 1-inch pieces. Bring potatoes, 1 tsp. salt, and cold water to cover to a boil in a medium-size Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Reduce heat to medium-low, and cook 16 to 20 minutes or until fork-tender; drain.

Add Creamy Richness. Return potatoes to Dutch oven. Cook until water evaporates and potatoes look dry. Mound potatoes on 1 side; add butter, next 3 ingredients, and remaining 1 tsp. salt to opposite side of Dutch oven. Cook 1 to 2 minutes or until butter is melted and mixture boils.

Beat Until Smooth. Remove from heat; beat at medium speed with a hand-held electric mixer 30 seconds to 1 minute or to desired degree of smoothness. (Do not overbeat.) Serve immediately.

 

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