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Foraging with Alexis Nikole Nelson.
Italian Arborio rice isn’t just for risotto. The starchy grains also are ideal for making rich, creamy rice pudding that lends itself to myriad flavorings. Simmering the rice in water before adding dairy shortens the cooking time (simmered in dairy from the get-go, the grains take longer to tenderize). The pudding is delicious warm, at room temperature or cold, but keep in mind that its consistency becomes thicker and firmer as it cools.
Star anise and cinnamon perfume this rice pudding with warm, sweet notes of spice. We recommend the optional chopped chocolate garnish—the dark, roasty notes of bittersweet or semisweet chocolate are an amazing flavor match for the spices.
cup Arborio rice
teaspoon kosher salt
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