• Gzhadawsot Mattena

Neshnabe Mnomen Nagen (Wild Rice Dish)

Traditional foods for the Anishinaabe are Mnomen (wild rice) with root veggies, mushrooms, fish, duck, goose, deer, or elk.

This recipe is a modern spin but with the same flavor and traditional meaning.



  • 3 2/3 C water

  • 2 C Wild Rice

  • 1 lb. smoked meat (fish, duck, goose, deer, elk, pork)

  • Reserve 1/3 C fat or use 1/3 C duck or goose fat

  • 1 onion (diced)

  • 2 large carrots (diced)

  • 3-4 celery (diced)

  • 1 bell pepper (diced)

  • 6-7 cloves of garlic (diced)

  • 10-12 mushrooms (sliced) (button, puffball, morel, chicken of the woods, or hen of the woods)

  • 1/2 C green onions (sliced)

  • 1/2 C Fire Cider (or 1/3 C apple cider vinegar, rice vinegar, white wine, or soy sauce with cayenne pepper to taste)

  • 1/4 C Bone broth (optional)

  • Salt and Pepper


  • Pour water into a medium sized pot and bring to a boil. Add wild rice, stir, and cover. Reduce to low heat and simmer for 40 minutes.

  • While the rice is simmering, in a large skillet brown the smoked meat (fish, deer, or elk with duck or goose fat) (smoked pork; bacon or pork belly, reserve the cooked fat for later use).

  • Strain the fat from the meat and set the meat aside.

  • In the same skillet, on medium-high heat, add 1/3 C reserved fat (bacon, duck, goose, or port fat) and onion. sprinkle salt and pepper.

  • When the onion just starts to soften add carrots, celery, and garlic. sprinkle salt and pepper.

  • When the celery just starts to become translucent add garlic, mushrooms, and bell pepper.

  • Continue to cook on medium-high heat and add Fire Cider (or other acid and heat), bone broth (optional). Salt and pepper Make sure to scrape the bottom of the skillet with a wooden spoon to get all of the bit's up, this adds much flavor to this dish.

  • In a large mixing bowl add the wild rice, meat, and vegetable mixture and mix well.

  • Transfer to a casserole baking dish and pat down to form a "loaf" shape.

  • Sprinkle half of the green onions on top.

  • Cover with foil and bake at 350* F/177* C for 45 minutes.

  • Dish up and garnish with remaining green onions

  • Enjoy!

Anishinaabe recipe using wild smoked meat and wild rice.
Neshnabe Mnomen Nagen (Wild Rice Dish)

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