Sweet rice is a dish that I often saw my father eat when I was a child. He was a Depression Era baby so he grew up in a household where everything was put to use-even leftover white rice. Those practices carried over into his adult habits and, consequently, into my family’s rountine. I vividly remember my father eating this dish late at night in front of the TV or at the kitchen table as a post-dinner sweet snack. This dish reminds me of my father because it is simple, sweet and thrifty, much like him.
This recipe is also an ideal way to use leftover rice that so many of us waste. It’s too easy to toss out the remaining cup or so of dinner rice. I often find myself scraping rice down the disposal intead of dealing with the hassle of boxing it up to put in the fridge. Rice doesn’t reheat well, it’s not particularly good cold (except in this recipe) and it’s cheap so there’s less incentive to hold onto it. But, in these times, every penny counts and this recipe provides an easy way to stretch your budget and be less wasteful.
All you need is cold, leftover white rice (any variety will do). Pour milk (any kind you like) over it just like cereal. Sprinkle sugar on top (white, raw or brown) and add a dash of cinnamon. That’s it. It may sound unusual, but give it a try. When you think about it, it’s really not that different from a rice pudding or any other rice based dessert. You could also eat this as a light breakfast or snack. Feel free to get creative with it as well!
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