Moving to Amish country last year was like stepping into a whole new world, right in the heart of rural serenity. Our Amish neighbors, with their unmatched hospitality, didn’t just help us set up our new home and barn; they introduced us to the heart of their culture through the most incredible way possible – their food.

Between bites of garden-fresh produce and home-cooked meals that tasted like love on a plate, we discovered that the simplicity and community spirit of Amish life are deeply woven into their culinary traditions. These 11 foods we’re about to dive into are not just meals; they’re an invitation to experience the richness of Amish culture.

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Shoofly Pie

Shoofly Pie. Photo credit: Depositphotos.

Shoofly pie is a sweet treat that’s deeply rooted in Amish tradition, known for its crumbly top and gooey molasses filling. It’s a dessert that tells a story of resourcefulness, making use of pantry staples to create a pie that’s rich in flavor. This pie is a testament to the Amish’s ability to create joy from simplicity.

Butter Noodles

Butter Noodles. Photo credit: Depositphotos.

Butter noodles are a staple in Amish cuisine, embodying the community’s love for simple, hearty meals. These are exactly what they sound like: noodles coated in butter, sometimes with a sprinkle of herbs or parmesan. This dish showcases the Amish knack for turning basic ingredients into something utterly comforting and delicious.

Pot Pies

Pot Pies. Photo credit: Depositphotos.

Unlike the baked, crust-encased versions many are familiar with, Amish pot pies are more akin to a hearty, brothy stew with large, flat noodles. This comfort food exemplifies the warmth and generosity of Amish cooking, offering a filling, flavorful meal that brings people together around the table.

Potato Bread

Potato Bread. Photo credit: Depositphotos.

Potato bread is a beloved Amish bread that incorporates mashed potatoes into the dough, resulting in a moist, tender loaf. It’s a perfect example of the community’s ingenuity in the kitchen, creating a bread that’s both delicious and slightly denser, ideal for slathering with homemade jam or butter.

Homemade Jam

Homemade Jam. Photo credit: Depositphotos.

Amish homemade jam is a burst of pure, preserved fruit flavor, often made from berries or stone fruits grown in their own gardens. It represents the Amish commitment to making the most of their resources and enjoying the fruits of their labor year-round. Slather it on toast, and you’ve got a simple, sweet breakfast that’s hard to beat.

Scrapple

Scrapple. Photo credit: Depositphotos.

Scrapple is a unique Amish breakfast meat made from pork scraps and trimmings combined with cornmeal and spices, then formed into a loaf and sliced and fried. It’s a testament to the no-waste philosophy of Amish cooking, turning leftovers into a new, flavorful dish that’s both practical and delicious.

Dutch Cabbage Rolls

Dutch Cabbage Rolls. Photo credit: Depositphotos.

Dutch cabbage rolls are a comforting, savory dish made by wrapping a mixture of meat and rice in cabbage leaves, then baked in a tomato-based sauce. This dish reflects the Amish love for meals that are both nourishing and satisfying, embodying the essence of home-cooked comfort food.

Doughnuts

Doughnuts. Photo credit: Depositphotos.

Amish doughnuts are not your average doughnut. They’re often handmade, larger, and fluffier, with a variety of homemade glazes or fillings. These doughnuts illustrate the Amish community’s fondness for gatherings and celebrations, serving as a sweet treat that’s enjoyed by all ages.

Whoopie Pies

Whoopie Pies. Photo credit: Depositphotos.

Whoopie pies are a fun, indulgent part of Amish dessert traditions, featuring two soft, cake-like cookies sandwiching a fluffy cream filling. These treats showcase the lighter side of Amish culinary culture, proving that simplicity does not exclude sweetness and creativity in their kitchen.

Chicken Corn Soup

Chicken Corn Soup. Photo credit: Depositphotos.

Chicken corn soup is a classic Amish soup that combines chicken, corn, celery, and noodles or rivels (small dumplings). It’s a dish that speaks to the heart of Amish culinary traditions, offering warmth, comfort, and a delightful mix of flavors that’s both simple and deeply satisfying.

Breakfast Casserole

Breakfast Casserole. Photo credit: Depositphotos.

The Amish breakfast casserole is a hearty start to the day, layering eggs, cheese, meats, and sometimes vegetables, all baked to perfection. It epitomizes the communal spirit of Amish meals, designed to be shared and to bring families together in a delicious, fulfilling way.

9 Secrets From My Neighbor’s Amish Kitchen

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Living next to an Amish community, I’ve witnessed firsthand how food deeply connects them. Their early morning family breakfasts and the way everyone pitches in for big events are inspiring. It’s shown me the beauty of their simple, yet rich food traditions — secrets worth exploring and examining how they underly such a close-knit culture.

Read it Here: 9 Secrets From My Neighbor’s Amish Kitchen

10 Genius Ways To Use Leftover Bacon Grease You Probably Haven’t Tried

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So, you’ve cooked up some bacon and now you’re left with a jar of bacon grease sitting on the counter. What’s next? Before you even think about tossing it, let me tell you there’s a whole world of uses for that flavorful fat. From cooking hacks to surprising twists in your recipes, bacon grease can be your kitchen’s secret weapon. Here are some fun ways to use it beyond just frying eggs.

Read it Here: 10 Genius Ways To Use Leftover Bacon Grease You Probably Haven’t Tried

Are Pastured Eggs Really Worth The Splurge? Here’s The Complete Low-Down

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Ever wondered if shelling out extra for pastured eggs is really worth it? You’re not alone, the marketing on a carton of eggs can be confusing and nuts at times. With all the buzz around different egg types, it’s easy to get scrambled trying to make the healthiest, most ethical choice. Before you make your next grocery run, we’ve got the complete low-down on pastured 

Read it Here: Are Pastured Eggs Really Worth The Splurge? Here’s The Complete Low-Down

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Gina Matsoukas is an AP syndicated writer. She is the founder, photographer and recipe developer of Running to the Kitchen — a food website focused on providing healthy, wholesome recipes using fresh and seasonal ingredients. Her work has been featured in numerous media outlets both digital and print, including MSN, Huffington post, Buzzfeed, Women’s Health and Food Network.

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