Maple-Glazed Butternut Squash, Turnip, Wild Rice, and Brussels Sprouts Sauté with Sage

Serves 8.

1 cup wild rice

2 cups unsalted chicken stock

2 cups water

1 teaspoon kosher salt

8 ounces Brussels sprouts, trimmed and cut in half  from stem to tops

1 small (1½ pounds) butternut squash, peeled, cut in half horizontally, seeds removed, and cut in 1- by ⅜-inch-thick pieces

10 ounces (about 2 medium) turnips, peeled, cut in half horizontally, each piece cut into ½-inch wedges

3 tablespoons grapeseed oil

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste

2½ tablespoons butter

2 tablespoons maple syrup

1 small (4-ounce) onion, peeled, cut in half core to tip, core removed, and cut into thin slices

1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice

¾ cup (about 3 ounces) dried cranberries, heated in a small saucepan with 3 tablespoons bourbon. Simmer until dry.

¼ ounce fresh sage leaves (about 20 leaves), cut in thin strips

Place the rice in a sauce pot. Cover with chicken stock, water, and 1 teaspoon salt. Cover and bring up to a high simmer for 50 to 60 minutes, until all kernels of rice are just split.  Drain and reserve.

Blanch the Brussels sprouts in boiling, salted water for about 2 minutes, until crisp-tender. Remove, shock in ice water, drain, and reserve. Add the squash and turnips to the water. Blanch for 1 minute, remove, drain, and reserve.

Place a large sauté pan over high heat. When hot, add 1 tablespoon of the oil. Add the Brussels sprouts and sauté 1 to 2 minutes to lightly brown. Season with salt and pepper and remove to a bowl. Add the remaining oil and 1 tablespoon of the butter to the same sauté pan. When frothy, add the turnips and squash and sauté, tossing, for 3 to 4 minutes, until just tender and nicely colored. Season lightly with salt and pepper. Add the maple syrup and continue caramelizing for 1 minute. Add the onions and lemon juice, toss for 30 seconds, and remove to the bowl with the Brussels sprouts. Add the remaining butter to the pan. When it browns, immediately add the rice, toss to coat and warm the rice. Adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper.

Add the cooked vegetables to the rice, along with the cranberries and sage. Toss together and serve.