Guest post from Brigette Shevy
This has to be one of the easiest side dishes ever. And frugal to boot!
My husband grew up eating this creamy, comforting dish, so I was first introduced to it after I married into the family. And honestly, I never really cared for rice until I tried it served like this.
It’s a stick-to-your-ribs kind of side that can be served all year round. You can serve it alongside roast in the winter, or grilled chicken in the summer.
I’ve yet to meet another family who has heard of “milk rice,” so I’m curious if we’re the only family out there!? It falls somewhere between creamy mashed potatoes and risotto.
Since it doesn’t have a strong flavor, it pairs well with spicy or barbequed meats. And for those of you who prefer more flavor – feel free to liven this up however you like! Fresh herbs or Parmesan cheese, anyone?
My 2-year old likes this rice so much, that he will often come into the kitchen when I’m making dinner and ask, “Making rice, Mommy?”
If you feel like you’re stuck in a potatoes rut, here’s a super simple recipe to switch it up a little!
- 1 cup long grain white rice (regular, basmati, and jasmine all work well. Brown rice does not work well)
- 4 cups milk (whole milk or 2% is recommended)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 2 Tablespoons butter
Stir together rice, milk and salt in a saucepan.
Over medium high heat, bring to a simmer (this works best if you do NOT allow it to get to a complete boil – at that point, it will boil over very easily and you’ll end up with a big mess!)
Immediately turn heat down to low.
Cook uncovered over low heat, stirring occasionally until mixture gets thick and creamy (somewhere around 25-30 minutes – the exact time depends on what kind of rice you use and how hot your stove cooks).
Stir in butter and serve!
Note: This will continue to get thicker as it cools. I usually take it off the heat when it is just a little bit soupier than I want it to be. If it gets too thick, you can always stir in a little additional milk.
Have you ever made “Milk Rice”?
Brigette is a full-time wife and mother who is blessed with three amazing bundles of energy (ages 6, 4, and 2). She enjoys music, experimenting in the kitchen, homeschooling her children, finding great deals, long-distance running, and anything chocolate.