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Arborio Rice Pudding with Coconut Milk

Even though the holidays are over, a chill is still in the air and we all crave comforting food.  This recipe is a version of rice pudding, except instead of using regular rice I used arborio rice, which you use to make risotto.  The starch from this variety gives the rice pudding an extra creaminess.   I also used a mixture of different types of milk: regular, evaporated, condensed and coconut milk.   The first three are from a recipe Mariano’s grandmother makes for her infamous rice pudding and his family can eat bucketfuls of it.
I added coconut milk out of curiosity.  The result is a smooth, rich and creamy rice pudding with a hint of nutty coconut flavor.

When you make rice pudding,  you combine rice with milk and you stir and add more milk as necessary until the rice is tender and the mixture reaches the desired thickness. At least, that’s the method I know.  For this recipe I combined this procedure and the procedure you use to make risotto, meaning I let the milk get consumed and I continued adding more to cook.

If you feel the mixture is too thick, just add more milk (the regular type).  Sugar is also something to consider.  Personally, I prefer a creamy and smooth rice pudding that is not too sweet. This is where you can adjust the amount of sugar you put it.  The recipe calls for 6 tablespoons and 1/2 can of condensed milk. You can omit the sugar altogether if you think the sweetness from the condensed milk is enough, or use half of it.   To be honest, I did find that 6 tablespoons was a bit too sweet, for my taste.

~Helga

Arborio Rice Pudding

Arborio Rice Pudding with Coconut Milk

 A The Foodies’ Kitchen Original Recipe
Serves 8

Ingredients:

1 cup Arborio rice
2  1/2 cups whole milk + more during cooking (about 1 1/2 cups)
6 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon vanilla
1/2 can condensed milk
1 can evaporated milk
1 can coconut milk
1 cinnamon stick

Procedure:

  1. In a large pot, mix the Arborio rice, cinnamon, sugar, and whole milk. Cook (uncovered) over medium heat for 10-15 minutes, stirring until the milk starts to evaporate.
  2. Meanwhile, in another pot mix the rest of the ingredients (condensed, evaporated and coconut milk), and bring them to a simmer. Once the 15 minutes have passed, incorporate this mixture into the pot with the Arborio rice,remove the cinnamon stick and continue cooking over medium heat for another 10 min, stirring. At this point, you can adjust the amount of sugar you want to put it, depending on your taste.
  3. Now, lower the heat to low, and continue cooking for another 25-30 minutes. Keep stirring!  You need to add a little more milk, and I didn’t measure this part! when I thought it was starting to get too thick, I just added a few extra slushes of milk as the cooking process went on (you’ll probably add about 1 1/2 extra cups of milk) . I didn’t want to be too thick, remember that it will get thicker as it cools.
  4. Check to see if the rice is cooked through, we don’t want any al dente qualities here.  If you need a few minutes more, 5 or so, just keep adding a little bit more milk.

Arborio Rice Pudding

Arborio Rice Pudding

Arborio Rice Pudding

Arborio Rice Pudding

Arborio Rice Pudding

Arborio Rice Pudding

Arborio Rice Pudding

Chicken & Mushroom Risotto

I love risotto, it’s one of those recipes that takes a bit to make them and require constant attention. I’ve heard of different ways of making risotto, but this is my ultimate recipe. You can add some white wine right after browning the arborio rice to add a more sophisticated flavor. Trust me, you’ll love this Chicken & Mushroom Risotto.

Chicken & Mushroom Risotto

Chicken & Mushroom Risotto
A Foodies’ Kitchen Original
Servings: 6

Ingredients:
1 cup arborio rice, (risotto rice)
2 medium chicken breasts, cubed
2 ½ cups chicken broth
1 ½ cup mushroom, cut in half
1 tablespoon of Adobo seasoning (or Maggi Seasoning)
1 garlic clove, minced
½ onion, chopped
1 tablespoon rosemary
1 tablespoon basil leaves
1 tablespoon thyme
salt and pepper to taste
olive oil
½ cup Parmesan cheese, grated
½ cup butter

Directions:

  1. Chop the onion and garlic into small bits and fry them with a little butter and olive oil. Add the thyme, basil and rosemary.
  2. Mix the Adobo seasoning with the chicken.
  3. Add the chicken and mushrooms, and stir for about 10 minutes, enough for the chicken to be 3/4 cooked.
  4. Add the arborio rice and stir until the rice changes color slightly and add half a cup of chicken broth. Keep stirring.
  5. It will be very soupy, but don’t worry. You’ll have perfect risotto in a bit. Reduce the heat and add in increments of 1/2 cup the chicken broth, stirring constantly to reduce the liquid.
  6. Slowly add the broth to the rice, slowly and stirring in between spoonfuls and keep stirring.
  7. When the broth is reduced, add the butter and keep stirring. Remove from the heat.
  8. Add Parmesan cheese, salt and pepper, stir and serve with parsley on top.

Chicken & Mushroom Risotto

Chicken & Mushroom Risotto

Chicken & Mushroom Risotto

Chicken & Mushroom Risotto

Chicken & Mushroom Risotto

Chicken & Mushroom Risotto