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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.







Soups and Stews


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Apies Cake

Crumb Cake

Nana Ranck's Molasses Cake

Apple Cake with Cream Cheese Frosting
Old-Fashioned Pound Cake

Shoofly Cake

Saffron Cake

Seven Minute Frosting
Funnel Cake

Fastnachts (PA Dutch Crullers)

Fastnachts (PA Dutch Yeast Doughnuts)


Apies Cookies

Grandmom's Heavy Cookie
Grandmom's Sand Tart Cookies

Whoopie Pies
Spritz Cookies

Crescent Cookies


Lemon Sponge Pudding

Apple Dumplings

Baked Apples with Brown Sugar Topping
Mom's Apple Crisp

Mammy's Apple Crisp

Chunky Cooked Apples (Apple Sauce)
Strawberries and Sour Cream Omelet

Stewed Rhubarb

Molasses Rice Pudding


Guide to Succulent Pork Roast

Pork Spareribs with Apples and Squash

Pork Pot Roast

Glazed Baked Ham

Schnitz und Knepp (Ham with Dried Apples and Dumplings)

Old-Fashioned Beef Pot Roast

Sauerbraten (German Beef Roast)
Mom's Meatloaf

Beef Pie

Beef and Noodle Casserole

Student's Ragu (Braised Beef Steak)

Chicken Fried Steak with Cream Gravy

Creamed Dried Beef

Fried Liver with Caramelized Onions

Homemade Scrapple
Wiener Schnitzel (Breaded Veal Cutlets)

Fried Sausage with Milk Gravy

Baked Sausage and Sweet Potatoes

Stuffed Cabbage Rolls

Cabbage with Sausage, Bacon and Potatoes (German Jager Kohl)

Braised Cabbage and Onions with Pork Country-Style Ribs
Choucroute Garni (Sauerkraut Casserole with Pork, Sausage and Potatoes)

Stuffed Pig's Stomach (Hog Maw)

Pork Barbecue Sandwich with Tomato-Based Sauce

Turkey Barbecue Sandwiches

Hilda's Barbecue Sauce for Meats


Lattice-Top Apple Pie

Milk Flabby Pie

Mincemeat Pie

Lemon Sponge Pie
Wet Bottom Shoofly Pie

Funny Cake (Chocolate or Butterscotch Pie)

Mammy's Rhubarb Pie

Strawberry-Rhubarb Pie
Rhubarb Custard Pie

Mom's Berry Crumb Pie

Lemon Meringue Pie

Cottage Cheese Pie


Chicken Pot Pie (Bott Boi)

Roast Chicken and Vegetables with Gravy

Chicken Croquettes

Chicken-Corn-Noodle Casserole
Chicken and Waffles

Stewed Chicken with Noodles

Mammy's Fried Chicken

Chicken and Dumplings
Roast 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

Grandma Brown's Hot Cabbage Slaw
Pickled Cucumber Salad

Pickled Beets

Sweet and Sour Green Beans

Four Bean Salad
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Hot Bacon Dressing
for Salads

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

Mashed Potatoes With Bacon

Pan-Roasted Potatoes

Raw-Fried Potatoes

Hash Brown Potatoes

Parslied Potatoes

Candied Sweet Potatoes
Fried Green Tomatoes

Corn Fritters

Corn Pie

Mammy's Onion Pie

Fried Cabbage and Noodles

Buttered Green Beans with Onions
Green Beans and Ham

Corn and Lima Bean Succotash

Stewed Dried Corn

Baked Dried Corn Casserole

Buttered Lima Beans

Cooked Turnips
Sauerkraut with Sweet Potatoes

Sauerkraut Braised with Apples and Onions

Buttered Beets

Harvard Beets

Braised Red Cabbage


Nana Ranck's Macaroni and Cheese

Limburger Cheese Sandwiches

Spaetzle with Browned Butter

Buttered Noodles
Browned Butter Noodles with Onions and Breadcrumbs


Pickled Red Beet Eggs

Apple Butter
Bacon Dumplings

Mom's Heavy Omelet

Oyster Cocktail

Cranberry Relish

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