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.
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.
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.
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.
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!”