Cook 1 each chopped celery stalk and onion in 2 tablespoons butter in a saucepan over medium heat, 5 minutes. Add 1 1/4 cups wild rice blend, 1 1/2 cups chicken broth, 3/4 cup apple cider, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, a few grinds of pepper and 2 bay leaves. Simmer, covered, until tender, 40 to 45 minutes; let sit 5 minutes. Drain any liquid. Stir in 2 sliced scallions and 1/4 cup pomegranate seeds.
Photograph by Ryan Dausch