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Pennsylvania Dutch Recipes

Most of my ancestors were Pennsylvania Dutch of German descent. They were primarily farmers who came to this country, often to escape religious persecution in Europe. The cooking reflects both the German heritage and the hearty foods associated with the physical work involved in farming. Women spent a lot of time preparing three hearty meals a day. Preserving, such as canning and drying, was a necessity to help get through the winter months, and many recipes using preserved items are still popular.

There are two misconceptions about the Pennsylvania Dutch that require explanation. One is caused by the use of the term "Dutch", which leads many to believe that the people came from Holland. In fact, the term came from the word "Deutsch", which is the German word for "German". Another thought is that all Pennsylvania Dutchmen are Amish. The Amish community represents only a small portion of the people who settled in eastern Pennsylvania during the German migration of the 18th century. The majority of the Pennsylvania Dutch are not Amish. Although the foods are very similar because of the German heritage, there are differences based on the influences of the regions where they settled. Most of the recipes listed below came from generations of my family. A few others came from my mother or me. All are of German origin or traditional Pennsylvania Dutch cooking. There are many more personal recipes at Teri's Kitchen which can be accessed through the Recipe Files or the links on this page.






Pasta and Dumplings


Poultry and Seafood

Salads and
Pickled Vegetables

Sauces and Condiments

Soups and Stews

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Apies Cake

Mrs. Rickert's Crumb Cake

Nana Ranck's Molasses Cake (Dry Bottom Shoofly Pie)

Old-Fashioned Pound Cake
Apple Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting

Shoofly Cake

Saffron Cake

Seven Minute Frosting
Funnel Cakes

Fastnachts (Pennsylvania Dutch/German Crullers)

Fastnachts (Pennsylvania Dutch/German Yeast Doughnuts)


Apies Cookies (Butter Cookies)

Grandmom Weber's Sand Tart Cookies
Grandmom Weber's Heavy Butter Cookies

Whoopie Pies (Chocolate Gobs)
Spritz Cookies

Crescent Cookies


Lemon Sponge Pudding

Molasses Rice Pudding

Apple Dumplings
Mom's Apple Crisp

Mammy's Apple Crisp

Chunky Apple Sauce
Baked Apples with Brown Sugar Topping

Stewed Rhubarb


Pickled Red Beet Eggs

Mom's Heavy Omelet

Strawberries and Cream Omelet
Pickled Red Beet Eggs Recipe Photo


Guide for Roasting Pork

Baked Spareribs with Apples and Squash

Pork Pot Roast with Vegetables and Gravy

Brown Sugar and Mustard Glazed Ham

Schnitz und Knepp (Ham with Dried Apples and Dumplings)

Braised Beef Steak with Vegetables (Student's Ragu)
Sauerbraten (German Beef Pot Roast)

Old-Fashioned Beef Pot Roast with Vegetables and Gravy

Beef Pie

Beef and Noodle Casserole

Chicken-Fried Steak with Cream Gravy

Creamed Dried Beef

Beef Liver with Caramelized Onions
Mom's Meatloaf

Wiener Schnitzel (Breaded Veal Cutlets)

Homemade Scrapple (Pon Haus)

Fried Sausage with Milk Gravy

Baked Sausage and Sweet Potatoes

Baked Bratwurst and Vegetables

Sausage and Potato Casserole
Jager Kohl (German Hunter's Cabbage)

Braised Cabbage with Country-Style Pork Ribs

Choucroute Garnie (Sauerkraut Casserole with Pork, Sausage and Potatoes)

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Stuffed Pig Stomach (Hog Maw)

Pasta and Dumplings

Nana Ranck's Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese

Browned Butter Egg Noodles with Onions and Breadcrumbs

Buttered Egg Noodles
Caraway Noodles

Spaetzle with Browned Butter (German Dumplings)

Bacon Dumplings


Lattice-Top Apple Pie

Milk Flabby (Custard Pie)

Mincemeat Pie

Mammy's Rhubarb Crumb Pie
Funny Cake (Chocolate Pie)

Mammy's Lemon Sponge Pie

Strawberry-Rhubarb Crumb Pie

Wet Bottom Shoofly Pie
Mom's Berry Crumb Pie

Rhubarb Custard Pie

Lemon Meringue Pie

Cottage Cheese Pie

Poultry and Seafood

Chicken Pot Pie (Pennsylvania Dutch Bott Boi)

Chicken and Waffles with Gravy

Chicken Croquettes

Chicken-Corn-Noodle Casserole
Roasted Chicken and Vegetables with Gravy

Mammy's Pan-Fried Chicken

Stewed Chicken with Noodles

Chicken and Dumplings
Roasted Turkey with Giblet Gravy

Turkey-Vegetable Pie

Fried Turkey Nuggets with Pan Gravy

Oysters with Apple Cider Vinegar


Hot Bacon Dressing for Salad

German Potato Salad

Chow-Chow (Pennsylvania Dutch Pickled Vegetables)

Nana Ranck's Cabbage Slaw

Grandma Brown's Hot Cabbage Slaw
Pepper Cabbage Salad

Pickled Cucumber Salad

Pickled Beets

Sweet and Sour Green Beans

Four-Bean Salad
Hot Bacon Dressing Recipe Photo


Limburger Cheese Sandwiches

Pork Barbecue Sandwiches with Tomato-Based Barbecue Sauce
Turkey Barbecue Sandwiches

Brat and Sauerkraut Sandwiches

Sauces and Condiments

Chunky Apple Sauce

Homemade Apple Butter
Hilda's Barbecue Sauce

Cranberry Relish

Soups and Stews

Chicken and Corn Chowder

Chicken Noodle Soup

Pappy's Potato Soup

Beef Vegetable Soup

Lima Bean and Ham Soup
Mom's White Bean and Ham Soup

German Cabbage and Rice Soup

Pork and Sauerkraut with Sweet Potatoes

Sauerkraut with Bratwurst and Apples
Stewed Cabbage with Sweet Potatoes, Apples and Cider Vinegar (Mock Sauerkraut)

Cabbage, Smoked Sausage and Potato Stew


Potato and Bread Filling (Pennsylvania Dutch Stuffing)

Mashed Potatoes With Bacon

Pan-Roasted Potatoes

Raw Fried Potatoes

Hash Brown Potatoes

Parslied Potatoes
Candied Sweet Potatoes

Corn and Lima Bean Succotash

Stewed Dried Corn

Baked Dried Corn Casserole

Buttered Lima Beans

Buttered Green Beans with Onions
Green Beans and Ham

Cooked Turnips with Pork

Pan-Fried Corn Fritters

Corn Pie

Fried Cabbage and Noodles

Pennsylvania Dutch Fried Green Tomatoes
Sauerkraut with Sweet Potatoes

Braised Sauerkraut with Apples and Onions

Mammy's Onion Pie

Buttered Beets

Harvard Beets

Braised Red Cabbage

No matter where I take my guests, it seems they like my kitchen best.
Pennsylvania Dutch Saying