Monday, August 31, 2009

Leftover Rice - Rice Pudding

We eat a lot of rice in our house at least 3 times a week. Perhaps you family is like mine and always has leftover rice in the refrigerator which after a couple days starts to get dried out and doesn't taste good. I hate wasting food and throwing out, so here is a recipe I use. It is simple, quick and makes a great dessert.

2 cups leftover cooked white rice
3 cups milk(any kind)
1/2 cup sugar
small pinch of salt
1/2 cup raisins
1 teaspoon cinnamon(optional)
pinch of nutmeg(optional)

Combine cooked rice, milk sugar and salt in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil, then lower the heat to a simmer and stir in the vanilla and raisins. Cook until just about all of the milk is absorbed(30-45 minutes,depending on how absorbent your rice is). Stir in cinnamon and/or nutmeg, if using.

Divide rice pudding into individual serving dishes serve warm or chilled.

Makes 4-6 servings.

* Note: Sometimes I add a extra 1/2 cup of milk, if the rice seems unusually form or dry, to make it creamier. You can add a bit of extra if the pudding is not as creamy as you like it. You can use nonfat, whole or soy milk in this recipe.