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Glorified rice
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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

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.[citation needed] It is popular in more rural areas with sizable Lutheran populations of Scandinavian heritage.[citation needed] It is made from rice, crushed pineapple, and whipped cream.[2][3][4] It is often decorated with maraschino cherries.[5]


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. ^ a b 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.
  5. ^ Our Savior's Lutheran Church (1879-2004) 125 Years cookbook[page needed]
  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.