Intro to Mormon Cuisine in Utah: Jell-O, Funeral Potatoes, and More


How do you know you're from Utah? When your mom has over ten recipes for Jell-O. In a feature at the The Atlantic, Scarlett Lindeman, who spent part of her childhood in Utah, talks about the abundance of Jell-O and other common dishes found in Mormon cuisine, which she describes as being built around "feeding dozens of mouths from pantry stores and prudent seasoning." These principles come through in funeral potatoes, a baked dish of shredded cooked frozen potatoes, canned cream of chicken soup, sour cream, and cornflakes; frog's eye salad, made of small pasta balls mixed with whipped topping, canned crushed pineapple, and canned mandarin orange; and fry sauce, ketchup and mayonnaise mixed together. She also mentions some standard dishes you'll find in Utah restaurants: the pastrami burger (a burger topped with pastrami) and the Utah scone (deep fried soft and chewy dough).