Serving risgrynsgröt (rice porridge) on Christmas stems from an old folk tale to keep the house gnome happy. On Christmas Eve you should place a bowl of rice porridge with a dab of butter out for the house gnome to eat. If you did not do that then the gnome would be angry and cause you trouble.
There are 2 difficult things with making rice porridge; avoid the milk from boiling over and avoid getting it burned. My trick for avoiding it from boiling over is to first heat up the milk in the microwave so it starts to boil quickly while you are still at the pot stirring and have the possibility to act immediately. To avoid it from sticking to the bottom of the pot and get burnt, we have the traditional way that is to quickly bring down the temperature to the lowest possible on your stove. Another more unconventional trick is to use an oven proof pot and once the milk has started to boil just put the pot with lid on in the oven at 100°C (212°F) for 1 hour to get it heated more evenly.
If you want your Swedish rice porridge for breakfast then you can prepare it the evening before and just heat it up in the morning.
Bon appétit and Merry Christmas!
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