Step into the past with our Old Fashioned Glorified Rice recipe! A delightful dessert-style rice dish perfect for family gatherings and summer picnics.
Embrace the charm of retro recipes with our Old Fashioned Glorified Rice. This creamy dessert salad is more than just a dish; it’s a reinvention of rice and a step into the past. This creamy, fruity salad combines tender Arborio rice with the sweet tang of pineapples and strawberries.
This old-fashioned style recipe is unique. An easy no-bake option to use up leftover rice. Get ready to whip up a dessert that’s sure to spark conversations and bring smiles at your next get-together.
About this Glorified Rice Recipe:
Flavor: Sweet fruit & marshmallows, rich cream and comforting rice is in every bite of this dessert salad recipe.
Texture: This sweet side dish is loaded with texture. The tender rice pairs nicely with the fresh strawberries, crushed pineapple and fluffy miniature marshmallows.
Method: Cook the recipe specifically for this recipe, or use leftover rice. If you have leftover, this mixes up in no time at all.
This Glorified Rice recipe comes from my old Mennonite cookbook. The cookbook that I run to when I’m craving serious comfort food. It has simple pantry ingredients and is a much-loved family recipe.
White rice. Use smooth Arborio rice for the best results. A cooked rice such as long grain will also work, but the salad will have a different texture with each different type of rice.
Strawberries and pineapple. Use fresh strawberries but use canned pineapple that is packed in pineapple juice.
Heavy Cream. For a smooth taste, whip heavy cream to make a fluffy whipped cream. Or you can use Cool Whip if you’d like, but the results will be sweeter.
How to Make Glorified Rice
Cook the rice. In a heavy bottomed saucepan, heat 3 cups of water to boiling. Add the rice and butter to the boiling water. Cook and stir for 1 minute. Reduce the stove heat to low, cover the saucepan with a tight fitting lid and let it cook undisturbed for 20-25 minutes.
Once the rice is done cooking, remove it from the heat, transfer it to a large bowl. Fluff the rice with a fork and allow it to cool to room temperature.
When the rice has cooled, add the pineapple, strawberries, marshmallows and sugar. Mix well. Allow this mixture to rest for 10 minutes.
In a medium bowl (or the bowl of a stand mixer), beat the heavy whipping cream on high speed until stiff peaks form.
Add the whipped cream to the rice mixture. Fold together gently.
Top with maraschino cherries and additional marshmallows if desired.
One of the joys of this rice salad is its versatility. If you’re looking to add a twist to this classic, consider tossing in some mandarin oranges for a citrusy pop, or even a scoop of cottage cheese for added protein.
For a more fruit cocktail-like experience, you can mix in different types of fruit, like grapes or diced peaches. Glorified Rice is wonderfully adaptable.
Presentation is key when serving dishes like Glorified Rice. Use a beautiful serving dish to highlight the colorful blend of fruits and creamy rice. Garnish with maraschino cherries or a sprinkle of plain white mini marshmallows on top for an inviting look. Or use colored mini marshmallows for pop of color.
Serve it chilled in a covered container to maintain its freshness and texture, especially if you’re transporting it to a summer gathering. Its eye-catching appearance and unique taste are sure to make it the star of any meal.
Store any leftovers in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days.
Glorified Rice Recipe
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Old Fashioned Glorified Rice is a creamy dessert with marshmallows, strawberries, pineapple… and rice! A unique no bake fruit salad recipe for summer picnics.