This recipe for Portuguese Rice Pudding is a popular dish that my husband Jack has served many, many times over the years. It’s a sweet and creamy, vanilla-infused rice pudding and a wonderfully comforting dessert! There’s a hint of orange in this rice pudding, as well as warm cinnamon sprinkled on top. It’s so good!
Years back, during his food service career, Jack worked directing meal preparation at a facility in Rhode Island that fed about 4,500 military and civilian personnel on a daily basis. The area was home to many people of Portuguese decent, so when word got out that Portuguese rice pudding was going to be on the menu, his customers flocked to lunch and the rice pudding sold out completely in about five minutes!
Several of Jack’s customers shared their own family recipes for Portuguese rice pudding after that first day, and this delicious recipe was refined to the version we’re sharing with you today. It was served often, and whenever it appeared on the menu – Jack’s customers loved it so much – he and his chefs always made a whole lot of this Portuguese rice pudding to meet customer demand!