Glorified rice

Glorified rice is a dessert salad popular in the Midwestern cuisine served in Minnesota and other states in the Upper Midwest, United States[1][2] and other places with Norwegian populations. It is popular in more rural areas with sizable Lutheran populations of Scandinavian heritage. It is made from rice, crushed pineapple, and whipped cream.[2][3][4] It is often decorated with maraschino cherries.[5]

Glorified rice
Glorified rice at a supermarket in Minnesota
Place of originUnited States
Region or stateMinnesota and the Upper Midwest
Serving temperatureCold
Main ingredientsRice, crushed pineapple, whipped cream


The long-established recipe has been the subject of many newspaper articles.[6] In 1995, Janet Letnes Martin and Suzann Nelson authored a humorous book comparing Lutheran and Catholic traditions called They Glorified Mary…We Glorified Rice: A Catholic-Lutheran Lexicon.[7][8] The book includes a recipe for glorified rice. The dish is also included in the title of Carrie Young's Prairie Cooks: Glorified Rice, Three-Day Buns, and Other Recipes and Reminiscences.[9] Glorified rice often turns up at potlucks and church picnics.[10][11]

See also


  1. Fertig, J. (2011). Prairie Home Cooking: 400 Recipes that Celebrate the Bountiful Harvests, Creative Cooks, and Comforting Foods of the American Heartland. America Cooks. Harvard Common Press. p. 223. ISBN 978-1-55832-145-8. Retrieved December 22, 2017.
  2. Thielen, A. (2013). The New Midwestern Table: 200 Heartland Recipes. Potter/TenSpeed/Harmony. p. 332. ISBN 978-0-307-95488-6. Retrieved December 22, 2017.
  3. Rice Journal. 1919. p. 27. Retrieved December 22, 2017.
  4. Better Business Bureau of South Central California, ed. (1984). The Bullseye, Volumes 2-3. p. 24. Retrieved December 26, 2009. {{cite book}}: |editor= has generic name (help)
  5. Our Savior's Lutheran Church (1879-2004) 125 Years cookbook
  6. "Google News Archive of Glorified Rice stories". Retrieved January 26, 2009.
  7. Martin, Janet Letnes; Nelson, Suzann (May 1995). Amazon entry on They Glorified Mary, We Glorify Rice. ISBN 0961343745.
  8. "Excerpt from text at". Retrieved January 26, 2009.
  9. Young, Carrie (7 May 1997). Amazon entry on Prairie Cooks: Glorified Rice, Three-Day Buns, and Other Recipes and Reminiscences by Carrie Young. ISBN 0060927763.
  10. "SIGN OF SPRING: GLORIFIED RICE February 25, 1998 St. Paul Pioneer Press (MN)". Retrieved January 26, 2009.
  11. Wyman, C. (2001). Jell-O: a biography. Harvest Original. Harcourt. p. 125. ISBN 9780156011235. Retrieved December 22, 2017.
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