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Spotted Dog

My grandmother would feed everybody who came in the door. We'd start with 10 and end up with 25 for dinner, says Robert Black Bull, a Blackfoot artist in Browning, Montana. "We would eat dried meat, potatoes, berry soup, bannock bread, spotted dog. Spotted dog is like rice pudding with raisins—no dog. Guess someone made it and thought it looked like their spotted dog."

Sunset JANUARY 1998

  • Yield: Makes 3 or 4 servings


  • 1 cup precooked dried white rice
  • About 2 1/4 cups low-fat (1%) milk
  • 1 cinnamon stick (3 in. long)
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/3 cup raisins


1. In a 1 1/2- to 2-quart nonstick pan, combine rice, 2 1/4 cups milk, and cinnamon stick. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring, 10 to 12 minutes.

2. Add sugar, salt, and raisins. Simmer over medium-low heat, stirring often, until most of the milk is absorbed and pudding is creamy, 8 to 10 minutes longer.

3. Spoon into bowls and serve warm. Pudding thickens as it stands; if desired, stir in a little more milk.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 233
  • Calories from fat: 6%
  • Protein: 6.7g
  • Fat: 1.6g
  • Saturated fat: 0.9g
  • Carbohydrate: 49g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Sodium: 141mg
  • Cholesterol: 5.5mg

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Spotted Dog Recipe