Sassafrass’ Rice Casserole #36, a recipe from Ntozake Shange’s novel Sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo

Sassafrass’ Rice Casserole #36

1 1/2 cups medium grain brown rice

3 ounces pimentos

1 cup baby green peas

1/2 cup fresh walnuts


2/3 pound smoked cheddar cheese

1/2 cup condensed milk

Diced garlic to taste

Cayenne to taste


Cook rice as usual. In an eight-inch baking dish, layer rice, cheese, pimentos, walnuts, and peas. Spread garlic and cayenne as you see fit. Pour milk along side of dish so it cushions rice against the edge. Bake in oven 20-30 minutes, or until all the cheese melts and the top layer has a nice brown tinge.

–From Ntozake’s Shange’s novel Sassafrass, Cypress & Indigo.

Sassafrass’ homemade banner hangs above her stove:

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