But one of my favorite side dishes is definitely rice because, although I live in Canada, I am originally from Brazil where rice is a big hit. The most popular side dish for this time of the year is rice with nuts and raisins. It is also known as Christmas rice because we only make it for the holidays.
We love this recipe because it is very quick to make, full of flavor and a perfect match for turkey. Besides, the ingredients are easy to find and if you don't have one of these nuts you can replace them with another. You can also replace the dark raisins for gold raisins if you wish or you can even add any other dried fruit.
This is a traditional Brazilian holiday recipe, but I encourage you to customize the ingredients to make it perfect for your own family! If you add cranberries instead of raisins and sage instead of parsley I believe this side dish can be a creative gluten-free stuffing for you. I guarantee you won't miss the bread, because all the traditional flavors from the old stuffing recipe we love like vegetable broth, sage and cranberries will be in the recipe.
It is a delicious dish to serve on the big day because it is also vegetarian, vegan and gluten free. Why should we complicate our lives in the kitchen, cooking so many different side dishes to fit everyone's diet? Preparing side dishes shouldn't be stressful. Make something that nobody will complain about. This dish will definitely help you get an early start on your holiday cooking. I hope you enjoy it!
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