10 Interesting Amish Foods

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A Trip to the Grocery Store | Photo Credit Julie Lea Waldron

Nearly everyone’s heard of Shoofly Pie. But unless you’ve been around Amish & Mennonites, chances are you may not know about these foods commonly found on their kitchen tables. I’ve linked each food to a website with a matching recipe. I also thought this would be a great time to highlight some adorable photos of Amish children walking to school with their lunch boxes in hand, by Lancaster County, PA street photographer Julie Lea Waldron. Enjoy!

1. Stewed Crackers is a comfort food requiring three simple ingredients, that my grandmothers would whip together in a few minutes time.

2. Schmierkase or “Cup Cheese” is a soft, spreadable cheese which resembles Brie. It has strong roots in the Mennonite and Amish culture with recipes dating back to the 1600’s. It was always a treat when my grandmothers or mother made it!

3. Peanut Butter Spread was our favorite thing to dip crunchy apples into. It’s a common condiment in Amish households, and often served at church meals.

Amish Schoolboys

Amish Schoolboys | Photo Credit, Julie Lea Waldron

4. Milk and Toast – an old fashioned breakfast recipe, and a go to favorite in our family when we were under the weather.

5. Schnitz Pie was my Grandma’s specialty. She dried the apples on screens placed in the hot attic, then cooked them with sugar and cinnamon. She baked the mixture in her delectable pie crust, and on special occasions she served them in her antique pie plates.

6. Coffee Soup was a favorite of my Grandpa’s. He loved to make a bowl of it for us grandchildren.

Watching the Schoolbus

Watching the School Bus | Photo Credit Julie Lea Waldron

7. Baked Oatmeal is one of my favorite breakfast foods of all time. Hearty and wholesome, and always a crowd pleaser. In our family, my brother Isaac is best at making it. It’s easy to put together, but best if made the night before.

8. Fried Cornmeal Mush – My Grussmommy was the master of this Amish breakfast fave which is a cousin of Italian Fried Polenta. She made it the perfect thickness, and fried it in her cast iron skillet until it was perfectly crispy on the outside and still soft in the middle. We like it best with ketchup or maple syrup.

Walking to School

Walking to School | Photo Credit, Julie Lea Waldron

9. Indiana Salad was often served on holidays at my Grandma’s house. It’s a triple layer jello salad that my brother Jonas especially loves.

…and finally,

10. Meadow Tea is to the Amish what Sweet Tea is to the Southerner. It is my favorite beverage hands down, and just a sip quickly takes me to my happy place.

I’d love for any of my readers to share your favorite Amish & Mennonite influenced foods in the comment section below! Wishing you happy times in the kitchen,

~ Justina Dee

If you had a fun time with this post, you’ll enjoy reading “10 Unique Items Found In An Amish Household!”

This is post number twelve of my #write31days challenge, where I’m sharing things I learned from my Amish family. Thanks for following along! Click here to read more.

 

10 thoughts on “10 Interesting Amish Foods

  1. Roasht is my favorite – the Amish wedding dinner, roast chicken and filling.

    Pig Stomach – yum

    Cooked celery

    How about an old fashioned taffy pull?

    • Lorette, your comment made me hungry! Roasht is such a delicious Amish tradition! My mother always made it for Thanksgiving. I believe Scrapple is the closest I’ve come to eating Pig Stomach. 😉 And I forgot about cooked celery! My Grussmommy made it best. And yes, homemade taffy! That was so much fun! Mmmm…. Thanks for the comment!

  2. Banana soup was popular in our home. Slice up a couple bananas, sprinkle with sugar, cover with milk, and stir well. Refrigerate for an hour or more to let the flavors meld. You can serve it as is ladeled into bowls or over chunks of white bread. It is the perfect accompaniment to a nice juicy grilled burger in the summer time.

    My mother also said they would have bread soup when she was growing up during the depression. White bread, spread with butter, sprinkled with sugar, torn into chunks into a bowl and covered with milk.

    • Kathleen, I’ve never heard of the “banana soup”! Thanks for taking time to share it. I love hearing our family food-traditions. And yes, I’m just learning about the simple recipes that began during the Great Depression. It makes sense, doesn’t it?! Thank you so much for commenting.

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  4. I ate all of this food and I am not from the Amish.
    I make pap for supper sometimes
    Some my mother made some of these when I was home
    Dad like coffee soup.
    My husband likes stewed crackers

    • Thanks for your comment, Esta! I believe the Amish are simply still using many old-fashioned recipes that many have forgotten. I love that you’ve experienced these foods in your family!

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