Getting Started

What You’ll Need

  • 1 1/2 quarts water
  • 1 14.5 low sodium chicken broth
  • 1 pound smoked ham (with bone)
  • or add pre-cooked smoked ham when adding the other meat
  • 4 -5 cloves garlic (peeled and smashed)
  • 1 teaspoons brown mustard seed
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1 Tablespoon dried parsley
  • 1 teaspoon French tarragon
  • 4 chicken thighs
  • 1/2 pound bratwursts links
  • 1 medium onion chopped
  • 1 leek chopped
  • 1 teaspoon cracked black pepper
  • 3 bay leaves
  • splash of white wine
  • 1 cup wild rice
  • Hot Sauce or hot pepper flakes



In a large stock pot bring the water and broth to a boil and add the ham bone, cover and cook over medium heat for 45-50 minutes or until the meat pulls from the bone; remove bone and meat and allow to cool.


Add to the broth the garlic, mustard seed, basil, parsley, tarragon and chicken thighs; cover and cook over medium low heat for 45- 50 minutes or until the meat pulls from the bones. Remove from heat and strain; reserving the broth; allow chicken to cool.


Add the onion, leek, pepper, and bay leaves to the broth; reduce heat to simmer, tilt the lid and cook for 20-30 minutes or until the vegetables are tender.


While the broth simmers, pick the meat from the ham bone and pull the chicken from the bones; add to the broth. Cook the bratwurst in a small skillet until just cooked through; 12-15 minutes. Remove and slice into bite size pieces, add to the broth.


Deglaze the pan with a splash of white wine and add to pot. Add the rice and a pinch of pepper flakes; cover and cook for 35-40 minutes.
Note: do not remove the lid during this time; if the rice needs to cook longer cover it again for an additional 5-7 minutes.


Serve with additional hot pepper flakes or hot sauce.