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Glorified Rice Jello

on April 3, 2015

The recipe for today is another one that our family had a lot when I was a kid. Grandma made glorified rice a lot, but I’m not sure if it was this Glorified Rice Jell-O. I didn’t even know there was Jell-O in it when she made it, but maybe so. This is a great salad to serve at Easter time, springtime, summertime, or anytime! Ha! It’s a classic. I don’t remember too many Easter dinners at Grandma and Grandpa’s specifically, but I do remember Sunday dinners at the farm in the dining room. The windows in that room were south-facing and there was always sun shining in there, making it sunny and bright. Between the windows they had mirror squares on the wall (they were ahead of their time in the interior decorating there). This was also the room where there was a hutch filled with family heirlooms and dishes of every kind. She had pieces that belonged to her mother and her grandmother, still used and much loved. In the middle of the room, Grandma would set the big dining table with her best china, silver, and glass wear. There was always a candle in the middle of the table, and I always wanted to be the one to light it, and then extinguish it in the end with the little candle snuffer she kept for just this purpose. The smell of a blown out match is still one of my favorite smells because of the great memories it brings back. The linens were fresh pressed, too, and sometimes there were flowers from the garden instead of a candle for the centerpiece. That dining room was a very special place.

Glorified Rice Jello

Glorified Rice Jello 2

Note the “V. Good” connotation here – maybe this was the recipe she made all the time?!

Here is the recipe as I made it:

Glorified Rice Jell-O

Drain 1 can of crushed pineapple and reserve juice.

Mix together:

1 package Lemon Jell-O

1 cup boiling water

1 cup reserved pineapple juice (use water to fill to 1 cup if not enough)

Whip when set and let stand until set again before folding in rest.

Mix 2 cups cold cooked rice and 1 cup crushed pineapple (I made a mistake and used the whole can of pineapple, but it was NOT too much pineapple).

Fold into lemon mixture.

Whip 1 cup whipping cream and add 4 Tablespoons sugar and a pinch of salt.

Fold whipped cream into lemon/rice/pineapple mixture.



Once the Lemon Jell-O was set, I used the old-fashioned egg beater to whip it.


It looks a bit weird when you fold in the rice and pineapple.


The lemon/rice/pineapple mixture does firm up before the final step of folding in the whipped cream.


It’s so pretty!


I remember this classic salad at so many family gatherings over the years. It’s great anytime of year.




4 responses to “Glorified Rice Jello

  1. Paula says:

    Add chopped pecans

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