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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.

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Soups and Stews


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Pennsylvania Dutch 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 Cake

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

Apple Dumplings

Baked Apples with Brown Sugar Topping
Mom's Apple Crisp

Mammy's Apple Crisp

Chunky Apple Sauce
Strawberries and Cream Omelet

Stewed Rhubarb

Molasses Rice Pudding


Guide to Succulent Pork Roast

Pork Spareribs Baked with Apples and Acorn Squash

Pork Pot Roast with Vegetables and Gravy

Brown Sugar and Mustard Glazed Ham

Schnitz und Knepp (Ham with Dried Apples and Dumplings)

Beef Pie

Mom's Meatloaf
Sauerbraten (German Beef Pot Roast)

Old-Fashioned Beef Pot Roast with Gravy

Beef and Noodle Casserole

Student's Ragu (Braised Beef Steak with Vegetables)

Chicken-Fried Steak with Cream Gravy

Creamed Dried Beef

Fried Beef Liver with Caramelized Onions
Homemade Scrapple (Pon Haus)

Wiener Schnitzel (Breaded Veal Cutlets)

Fried Sausage with Milk Gravy

Baked Sausage and Sweet Potatoes

Baked Bratwurst and Vegetables

Choucroute Garni (Sauerkraut Casserole with Pork, Sausage and Potatoes)
Cabbage with Sausage, Bacon and Potatoes (German Jager Kohl)

Braised Cabbage with Pork Country-Style Ribs

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Stuffed Pig's Stomach (Hog Maw)

Pork Barbecue Sandwiches with Tomato-Based Barbecue Sauce

Turkey Barbecue Sandwiches

Aunt Hilda's Barbecue Sauce


Lattice-Top Apple Pie

Milk Flabby (Custard Pie)

Mincemeat Pie

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

Mammy's Lemon Sponge Pie

Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie

Wet Bottom Shoofly Pie
Mom's Berry Crumb Pie

Rhubarb Custard Pie

Lemon Meringue Pie

Cottage Cheese Pie


Chicken Pot Pie (Pennsylvania Dutch Bott Boi)

Chicken and Waffles with Gravy

Chicken Croquettes

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

Stewed Chicken with Noodles

Mammy's Fried Chicken

Chicken and Dumplings
Roasted Turkey with Giblet Gravy

Turkey-Vegetable Pie

Fried Turkey Nuggets with Pan Gravy

Turkey Barbecue Sandwiches


Hot Bacon Dressing for Salads

German Potato Salad

Nana Ranck's Cabbage Slaw

Pepper Cabbage Salad

Grandma Brown's Hot Cabbage Slaw
Pickled Cucumber Salad

Pickled Beets

Sweet and Sour Green Beans

Four Bean Salad
Hot Bacon Dressing Recipe Photo

Soups and Stews

Chicken and Corn Chowder

Chicken Noodle Soup

Pappy's Potato Soup

Beef-Vegetable Soup

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

German Cabbage and Rice Soup

Stewed Cabbage with Sweet Potatoes, Apples and Cider Vinegar (Mock Sauerkraut)
Cabbage, Smoked Sausage and Potato Stew

Stewed Sauerkraut with Pork and Sweet Potatoes

Sauerkraut with Bratwurst and Apples


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

Corn Fritters

Corn Pie

Fried Cabbage and Noodles

Pennsylvania Dutch Fried Green Tomatoes
Sauerkraut with Sweet Potatoes

Sauerkraut Braised with Apples and Onions

Mammy's Onion Pie

Buttered Beets

Harvard Beets

Braised Red Cabbage


Nana Ranck's Stovetop Macaroni and Cheese

Limburger Cheese Sandwiches (with Variations)

Spaetzle with Browned Butter

Buttered Noodles
Browned Butter Noodles with Onions and Breadcrumbs

Chow-Chow (Pennsylvania Dutch Pickled Vegetables)

Pickled Red Beet Eggs

Homemade Apple Butter
Bacon Dumplings

Mom's Heavy Omelet

Oyster Cocktail

Cranberry Relish

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