Saturday, December 29, 2012

Eggnog Rice Pudding

Well my friends, the holidays come and gone once again.  I have to admit I am a little sad, especially since every year they seem to fly by faster than the year before!  It's now time to take down the Christmas tree, put away the decorations... and use up the last of the holiday eggnog before our New Years diets begin!

Over the last couple of weeks I have enough Christmas cakes, cookies, and candy to last me a lifetime, so using my leftover eggnog in a bread or cookie was simply out of the question!  I decided I wanted to make something a little more on the savory side, so I searched for a recipe for Eggnog Rice Pudding.  With a few changes to the original recipe, I was able to create a quick and easy, delicious and savory holiday dessert (something other than Christmas cookies... yay)!

Eggnog Rice Pudding
  • 2 cups cooked rice (I used Uncle Ben's Ready Rice - Whole Grain Brown.  If you like your rice softer and less on-the-crunchy-side, use white rice)
  • 2 1/2 cup light or low-fat eggnog
  • 3 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2/3 cup dried cranberries
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt

Place 2 cups eggnog in a heavy saucepan. Combine cornstarch and remaining eggnog until smooth; add to pan. Bring to a boil, stirring constantly; boil for 1-2 minutes. Remove from the heat; stir in rice, cranberries, vanilla, nutmeg and salt. Spoon into dishes. Chill for 2-3 hours.

Yield: 6 servings.
Nutritional Info. (per serving):
Calories - 247, Fat - 4.75g, Carb - 46g
Next time, I might try using a tablespon less cornstarch and 1/3 cup less cranberries to make the rice pudding a bit lower in calories (and a little more waist-line friendly)!  Also, I'd add a pinch of nutmeg to the top of the pudding before serving.  But overall, I was very happy with the recipe and it was nice to have a holiday dessert that was different from the standard Christmas baked good. :)

If you like eggnog... and rice pudding... then Eggnog Rice Pudding is a great way to use up the last of your holiday nog!  If you don't want the extra calories from the rice pudding, you could just substitute eggnog for creamer in your morning coffee until it's gone, lol.


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