We had a container of fresh pineapple in the refrigerator, and I wanted to use it before it went bad - I hate to waste good food.
I came across the Tropical Rice Pudding recipe while reading the latest Southern Living magazine, and the Creamy Coleslaw with Pineapple and Almonds looked appealing to me, while I was searching through my stockpile.
The pineapple added a lovely fresh, tropical flavor to the dishes, which was so very welcome amidst these cold, dim days of winter.
CREAMY COLESLAW WITH PINEAPPLE AND ALMONDS
1/3 cup slivered almonds
1 cup chopped green cabbage
1 cup fresh pineapple, chopped
1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup creme fraiche
zest and juice from 1/2 a lime
1 teaspoon sugar
salt to taste
To toast the almonds, spread out on a cookie sheet, in a 350F oven for 8 to 10 minutes. Set aside to cool.
In a large bowl, combine cabbage, pineapple and almonds.
In a separate bowl, combine mayonnaise, creme fraiche, lime zest and juice and sugar. Season to taste with salt. Toss with the salad ingredients and chill for at least 1 hour.
Recipe adapted from The Northwest Arkansas Times, May 2012
TROPICAL RICE PUDDING
2 cups cooked rice (I used Jasmine)
4 cups milk
3/4 cup sugar
1/2 teaspoon salt
1 cup cream
2 cups chopped pineapple
1 tablespoon orange zest
1 tablespoon lemon zest
1 teaspoon orange extract
Bring rice, milk, sugar and salt to a simmer in a large saucepan, over medium-high heat, stirring occasionally.
Reduce heat to medium-low, simmer, stirring often, 20 to 25 minutes, or until milk is reduced by half and rice is very tender.
Meanwhile, whisk together cream and eggs. Whisk 2 tablespoons of hot rice mixture into cream mixture. Reduce heat to low, stir cream mixture into remaining rice mixture. Cook, stirring constantly, 2 minutes or until mixture begins to thicken. Remove from heat, stir in pineapple, orange zest, lemon zest and orange extract.
Recipe adapted from Southern Living, January 2014