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Boedecker Cellars  |  “Congee”

“I’m all about easy to compose, comfort and flavor right now and made up this delicious congee last night. It, like all good recipes, are riffs on classics handed down from family to family and this one is based on Chrissy Teigen’s recipe in Cravings.” – Winemaker Athena Pappas



  • 1 1/2 cups rice
  • 12 cups chicken broth  (or water with a couple of Knorr bouillon cubes)
  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 3-inch piece fresh ginger cut into thin slices
  • fresh cilantro
  • 2 scallions
  • fried sliced garlic


  1. Rinse the rice then place in pot with broth, bring to boil, then simmer until rice is porridge like- approx. 45 minutes.

  2. Combine above ingredients and when rice is porridge-like, then pinch off ~1” pieces and drop them into the porridge.

  3. Add the ginger to the porridge after the sausage and cook for 5 minutes – until the meat is cooked through.

  4. Thinly slice garlic, fry it in canola oil, drain on paper towels and salt while hot. Save the oil for use in salads. 

    Garnish porridge with the greens and garlic!