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Holiday Roaster

1 Roaster (about 5 lbs)
melted butter

125 ml wild rice
1 onion, chopped
1 stalk celery, chopped
1 clove garlic, minced
45 ml butter
125 ml long grain rice
15 ml each chopped fresh sage and thyme
10 ml grated orange zest
375 ml chicken stock
125 ml orange juice
125 ml dried cranberries
50 ml toasted pine nuts
50 ml chopped parsley
salt and pepper, to taste

Rinse wild rice under cold running water; drain and set aside.
In saucepan, cook onion, celery and garlic in butter until softened.
Stir in both rices, herbs, zest, stock and juice; bring to boil.
Reduce heat, cover and simmer 35 minutes.
Stir in cranberries and simmer covered 10 to 15 minutes longer or until rice is tender.
Add pinenuts, parsley, salt and pepper; toss to mix.
Let cool completely before stuffing bird.
Just before roasting, prepare chicken for stuffing.
Rub with salt and pepper.
Loosely pack stuffing into body cavity.
Secure with small skewers or toothpicks.
Place on rack in shallow roasting pan.
Brush with melted butter.
Roast at 400 degrees F (200 degrees C) for about 1 1/2 hours or until thermometer registers 175 degrees F (85 degrees C) inserted in thickest part of thigh.
Remove chicken to a platter and let stand covered for 10 to 15 minutes before carving

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