I Heart Circulon GIVEAWAY plus Sage and Cranberry Rice Pilaf!

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I Heart Circulon-Sage & Cranberry Rice Pilaf; 2013 The Heritage Cook

I have a wonderful recipe for you today and a chance to win something sweet before total holiday madness begins courtesy of the good folks at Circulon! Let’s start with the recipe and getting ready for holiday meals. 

With the growing incidence of gluten-intolerance issues, the likelihood is higher that you will have someone at your holiday table that needs gluten-free options to eat. I created a beautiful rice dish that makes a great gluten-free side dish and can easily be adjusted for either vegetarian or vegan options if needed.

I Heart Circulon-Sage & Cranberry Rice Pilaf; 2013 The Heritage Cook

Adding rice to the sauteed vegetables in the Circulon pan

If you think you cannot make rice without a special machine, you haven’t tried a pilaf. Pilafs are very flavorful and easy to make. The main trick is to coat all the rice grains with the oil before adding liquids. This helps keep the grains separate and avoids clumping. Building a full-bodied sofrito (combination of aromatics and seasonings) will give your final dish a satisfying boldness that will have people asking for seconds.

When I am planning my holiday meals, especially Thanksgiving, I try to prepare some interesting side dishes to go alongside the main course. People are hooked on their traditions and may give you some pushback if you try to change the menu, but if you have people with dietary restrictions joining you, it can be the perfect excuse to make a few new dishes.

I Heart Circulon-Sage & Cranberry Rice Pilaf; 2013 The Heritage Cook

Using butter and olive oil adds flavor

I was sent one of these 12-inch non-stick pans to test prior to the giveaway. I am very impressed and happy to heartily recommend it. I love the weight and was surprised at how quickly and evenly it heated up. Even on medium heat I was able to get my vegetables sauteed quickly. Even with all the chopping and vegetable prep, I had this meal on our table in less than an hour.

I like the shape of the pan. It is reminiscent of a wok and the tall sides gave me the flexibility to make a large recipe in a single pan. I could easily toss the ingredients together without fear of it flying all over my stove. And the clean up couldn’t have been easier. The only drawback is the hanging mechanism on the handle. Instead of straight through hole, it has an opening on the underside where you can insert a hook. The problem is that this area collects liquid when washing and is very difficult to get dry. A small issue at best.

I Heart Circulon-Sage & Cranberry Rice Pilaf; 2013 The Heritage Cook

This pan would be great for soups, stews, chilis, and sauces to name just a few things. I bet it will create amazing candies as well. I know it will get lots of use in our home and I hope you win one so your holidays will be sweet and bright!

If serving gluten-free folks scares you don’t worry, it isn’t too complicated. Basically they cannot eat anything with wheat, rye or barley in it. That includes flour, bread, breadcrumbs, most cereals and soy sauce among many things. The turkey, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes and most vegetables (unless you use canned soups to make them) are naturally gluten free. You can easily make the gravy gluten-free by using cornstarch instead of flour as your thickening agent. If you are making pies, make extra pie filling and pour some of it into buttered ramekins for a sweet gluten-free dessert. Trust me, if you provide food that is safe for your gluten-free guests to enjoy, they will cry tears of joy!

I Heart Circulon-Sage & Cranberry Rice Pilaf; 2013 The Heritage Cook

Now let’s get to the fun stuff – the Giveaway! Thanks to Circulon, I have a Circulon Symmetry 12-inch Covered Essentials Pan just for you! You have a bunch of chances to enter the giveaway by following the directions in the Rafflecopter box below. You have until November 30th to enter.

Make sure you tell all your friends to enter too. I want everyone to have a chance to win one of these beautiful pans either for yourself or as a gift for someone special! Have fun!!

I Heart Circulon-Sage & Cranberry Rice Pilaf; 2013 The Heritage Cook

Sage and Cranberry Rice Pilaf
Yields 10
This is a perfect gluten-free side dish for Thanksgiving, but it is delicious any time of the year. It is a one-dish meal that can be made ahead and reheated if all of your burners are busy making the rest of your holiday dinner.
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  1. Cranberries
  2. 1/4 cup dried sweetened cranberries
  3. 1/4 cup boiling water
  4. 1/4 cup dry white wine or dry vermouth
  5. Rice
  6. 2 tbsp organic olive oil
  7. 2 tbsp butter (or more olive oil for vegan)
  8. 1 medium onion, peeled and finely chopped
  9. 3 carrots, peeled and finely chopped
  10. 3 celery stalks, finely chopped
  11. 1 or 2 red or yellow bell peppers, seeded and finely chopped
  12. 2 tsp dried, rubbed sage
  13. 1 tsp dried thyme leaves
  14. 2 cups long-grain or medium-grain white rice
  15. 2 cups chicken stock or vegetable stock (look for gluten-free varieties)
  16. 1 cup dry white wine or dry vermouth
  17. 1 to 2 tsp kosher salt
  18. 1/2 tsp freshly ground black or white pepper
  19. Minced chives, for garnishing
  1. Preheat oven to 350°F. Place the cranberries in a heatproof bowl and pour the hot water and wine over the top. Set aside to steep and rehydrate the cranberries.
  2. In an ovenproof deep skillet with a lid, such as this one from Circulon, heat the olive oil and butter over medium heat, stirring until melted. Sauté the onions, carrots, and celery until onions are softened and turning translucent, about 8 minutes. Add the rice and stir until each grain is completely coated with the butter and oil. If there are any dry areas, add another tablespoon of olive oil. Stir in the dried sage. Toss the rice often, cooking until the grains start to turn lightly golden in color.
  3. Add the chicken stock and white wine to the rice, sprinkle with salt and pepper, and stir until the rice is evenly distributed in the pan. Cover pan with the lid and place in the hot oven.
  4. Bake for 25 to 35 minutes (or according to package directions), or until liquids have been absorbed. To test, drag a wooden spoon through the rice creating a “channel”. If a lot of liquid flows into the channel, push the rice back into a single layer, cover, and cook a little longer. When there is almost no liquid in the channel, remove pan from the oven and set on stove, covered. Let rest for 10 minutes to finish cooking and allow the rice to absorb the last of the liquid.
  5. Remove the lid, fluff the rice with a couple of forks, separating the grains. Strain the cranberries (discard the liquid) and add them to the rice. Toss everything together, taste and add more salt or pepper if needed. Transfer rice to a warmed serving bowl, garnish with the minced chives. Serve hot.
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  1. Annette says

    I love to make stir-fry, but the handle on my pan came off. This pan would allow me to once again make it.

  2. Jane Bonacci says

    Good Luck to you all! I wish I had a pan for all of you! I am so happy you stopped by and I hope you take a second to look around. I have a ton of great recipes to make it fun to get in the kitchen and create delicious/healthy meals for you and your family!

  3. Wendy R. says

    I’ve never made pilaf and would like to try it! I’d definitely use the pan to make butternut squash risotto.

  4. Linda Prater says

    I have a rice dish on my menu for Thanksgiving, this rice pilaf looks like just the ticket thank for posting it. And of course I am entering the Circulon pan giveaway I really do need a new non stick pan.

  5. Susan says

    This dish sounds wonderful and Holiday-esque! Can hardly wait to try it with or without the new pan. Thanks for the opportunity.

  6. Veronica says

    The pilaf looks great! I definitely want to try it. Maybe I’ll try it with brown rice to get my daughter to eat brown rice. I’ll enter the giveaway too. I can always use a new pan.

    Thanks for sharing!

  7. Edie says

    I would definitely make this rice pilaf first. Never attempted making pilaf before and this recipe looks and sounds delicious.

  8. Roberta Breuer says

    I would LOVE to have a 12″ Circulon – I have heard good things about them. My current 12″ pan is warped (thanks to my significant other!) and I need another. Would love to give it a try!!

  9. Sharon Kiellach says

    What a great girt this 12″ pan would make!!! For me!! I’ve been married since 1968 and am in desperate need of a new pan like this!

  10. Patty Lee Vasil says

    Thank you for the give away. The circulon 12″ pan would be a wonderful gift for my new daughter in law. She needs pans for her kitchen and this would be a great gift.