Improv Challenge: Who Pudding

The theme for the Improv Challenge this month is red and green. I had thought about making red and green decorated cookies or a red punch with frozen green grapes floating in it or even a fruit salad, but when it came down to it, I wanted to share a holiday recipe that made me happy.

Tom and I are obsessed with all things Grinch. How The Grinch Stole Christmas is both of our favorite holiday movies (cartoon or Jim Carrey version, it doesn’t matter) and our Christmas tree is almost entirely decorated with Grinch ornaments.

If they come out with a new ornament of the Grinch, we buy it. We frequently have to set budgets for ourselves when standing in front of Grinch items otherwise I can say with some degree of certainty we’d buy absolutely everything and spend every penny we had. I’m not even joking.

For the most part we’re responsible adults when it comes to money but when standing in front of Grinch decor, its like we’re taken over by some type of Grinch magic and all logic flies out the door. You know that part in the Jim Carrey movie where the alarm sounds because Lou Who has maxed out another credit card? Yeah, that could totally be us without that budget.

This year we actually went as far as to discuss that next year we wouldn’t buy each other gifts and instead spend all of that money on new Grinch stuff. So if you ever hear about two people winning the lottery in Maryland then spending a large fraction of their winnings on Grinch items, you’ll know it was us.

Who Pudding
Servings: 4-6
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    • 2/3 cup long-grain rice
    • 3 cups milk
    • 3/4 cup sugar
    • 1 tsp. vanilla 
    • 2 tbsp. butter
    • 1/2 tsp. salt
    • 4 egg yolks
    • 1/8 cup red and green M&M’s

1. Fill the bottom saucepan of a double boiler with one inch of water and bring to a simmer.
2. In the top saucepan of the double boiler, combine rice and milk and cook for 30 minutes or until the rice is tender.
3. Preheat the oven to 325. Grease an 8×8 baking dish.
4. Beat egg yolks with a whisk until frothy, then stir into the milk mixture, along with the sugar, vanilla, butter and salt.
5. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish and bake for 35-40 minutes or until set.
6. Let cool on a wire rack for 10 minutes, then cover and refrigerate overnight, or at least 8 hours.
7. Before serving, decorate with red and green m&m candies.

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  1. I love it! Who pudding? Who knew? Well, now I do and I think I am going to try it.

  2. This is adorable! My Grinch loving toddler would love this.

  3. How adorable! (I was going to suggest you could also color your pudding "Grinch" green, but figured it would look too much like a bowl of guac with red & green M&Ms…)
    I've not made rice pudding in ages — maybe I'll have to make some for my boys.

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