When I mentioned the Rice Pie on the blog a week or so ago, someone reminded me that I hadn’t shared the recipe. I was thinking I’d make another when I get home and share photos but . . the diet starts when I get home. I was cleaning out photos on the phone last night and found these!
A Rice Pie seems to be a popular menu item with Italians for Easter. I came across the recipe in one of the Facebook Italian groups and enough people loved it that I felt it was worth trying.
It was really good – really easy and Vince loved it and said it reminded him of something they often ate. I blame it on my southwest Louisiana roots but for me, rice needs gravy! I’ve never been a fan of rice pudding because that just seems wrong. I never heard of putting sugar and milk with rice til I was way into adulthood. Rice goes with gumbo, etouffee, creole, and I’ve had a few salads with rice that I like. But dessert . . not sure I’ll ever be able to say that’s something I love.
Back to the pie .. I had a pie crust in the freezer leftover from Thanksgiving and I intended to use that but after reading the recipe, I decided to use their recipe. This pie seems to need a thick crust and it had enough filling that it needed to be baked in a larger than normal pie pan. I did have a 10-1/2 “baking dish” that wasn’t actually a pie pan but it worked. Also, the recipe for the crust that goes with this pie has sugar in it so I figured I’d just make their crust recipe.
I liked the crust recipe a lot. It uses butter and not shortening and that’s one thing I prefer in a crust. Even with the sugar, I couldn’t taste any sweetness in the crust. It made plenty for a one crust pie so I was able to make the crust a little thicker, which I like.
I would add a bit more sugar next time but that’s probably just me and my sugar addiction but with the rice, I needed more sweet to help me get past my “this needs gravy” thoughts.
The rice was soft and reminded me of marbles in the filling. The filling was smooth and the texture was between a cheesecake and a thick pudding. I loved the texture.
Vince loved the pie. I liked it enough that I probably will make it for an Easter dessert.
This is the recipe that was recommended. There are many out there. When I make it again, I’ll use the same recipe.
I asked Vince if he liked the pie or the stuffoli better. His response: You can’t ask me that. They’re different. That’s like asking me if I like a blonde, a redhead or a brunette better. Huh? Did he really say that? 🙂