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30 Traditional Amish Recipes—For The Joy Of Slow Food!

If you could use a reminder about the joys of slow food cooking and simple eating, you’ll love this epic list of 30 Amish recipes! 

Most of us have had a basic introduction to the Amish as being a group of people who live in the “old ways” through their clothing, cooking, transportation, and lifestyle choices.  

Their roots are originally in Europe.  

To the outsiders, the Amish may seem to be frozen in time as they are very conservative, and focus on family, community and separation from the non-Amish world.  

The Pennsylvania Dutch Community in Lancaster County is the oldest and largest Amish community in the United States at the time of this writing. 


The Amish are one of three groups, the other two being the Brethren and the Mennonites, that have similar beliefs about God and the Bible, yet differ on how they interpret it.  

In general they feel abundance and over-indulgence have no place in and are contrary to their calling in life.  

The Old Order Amish groups are the most restrictive and conservative when it comes to embracing technological advancements. 

As a result of this lifestyle, Amish recipes have a long, rich heritage having been handed down for generations and are all as homemade as it gets! 

Amish cooking includes hearty and savory entrees like cabbage rolls or chicken casserole, as well as popular sweets like donuts and shoofly pie. 

Old Amish recipes tend to use traditional ingredients and are prepared simply!  

Here we are exploring 30 amazing Amish food recipes that cover all meals, desserts and snacks in between! Enjoy recipes such as the longstanding Friendship Bread, rich Slow Cooker Amish Pot Roast, robust Amish Onion Patties, or tender Amish Apple Fritters.

Sometimes making a meal from scratch can help us appreciate it all the more!

Gotta start with a lovely loaf of white bread to begin our exploration of Amish recipes. 

It is also called milk bread and included are lots of great tips on yeast rising, troubleshooting and substitutions.

Some Amish desserts like these sugar cookies are easy to make without a lot of fuss.  

No need to roll out or cut or even ice.  

They are delicious straight out of the oven! 

There are some recipes we are familiar with that we may not even realize are old- fashioned Amish recipes.  

Take caramel corn for instance, a wonderful treat any time of year! 

Sometimes Amish food recipes like Amish Friendship Bread can be time consuming.

But this recipe for Amish cinnamon muffins is a shorter alternative and seriously delicious!

This casserole is sure to be a serious crowd-pleaser among old Amish recipes!  

Egg noodles, ground beef, sauce, seasoning and cheese! YUM! 

Amish cooking mirrors traditional cooking especially since it has been intentionally passed down through generations! 

The steps may be slightly different, like how there are two ‘wet’ mixtures and two different rising times.

Many hands make light work, so grab a friend for this process to go smoothly.

Not much gets more wholesome than chicken and noodles and this recipe from our Amish dinner recipes collection is indeed comfort food. 

I think the secret is in the egg noodles!

Onto delicious Amish food recipes for sides. 

These baked beans are savory with a bit of sweet and they could accompany any type of main entree from burgers to sausage or on a veggie plate!
 
Yes, they take four hours to cook. 

Yes, it is worth every minute!

Slow cooker Amish recipes are the absolute best! 

This pot roast recipe does not disappoint and even has a few surprises…a cup of coffee for one!  

Soy sauce, onion and Worcestershire sauce too! 

After nine hours on low, this roast comes out SO tender!

Broccoli salad is a staple in many areas of the country, so we dug through some old Amish recipes to find their version. 

Straightforward with broccoli, mayo, sour cream, salt, sugar, red onion, bacon, and cheddar cheese. 

Beautiful and tasty!

Amish lemon bars may be calling your name when you look through a list of Amish desserts!  

They have a shortbread crust, lemon filling and powdered sugar topping.  

Simple and delicious!

Pasta salad seems to be as old as the hills which is probably why it is one of the most popular old fashioned Amish recipes!  

This one has a little bit of everything! 

It makes 12 cups so it is perfect for big gatherings!

I use the phrase “Amish desserts” very loosely as some are perfect for breakfast treats, afternoon snacks or after dinner desserts. 

These crispy on the outside, soft on the inside apple fritters fall squarely in each of these categories.
 
A lot of explanations the first time through, but then they will be a breeze to make again and again!

Amish cooking tends to use traditional ingredients in unassuming ways. 

Here we have lightly fried Amish onion patties as beautiful sides for any meal. 

Mix ingredients all together and deep fry or air fry.

Amish food recipes can steal the show at mealtimes and let me tell you, these mashed potatoes do exactly that!

Cream cheese, garlic, milk, butter and brown butter might change how you enjoy mashed potatoes forever!

Sloppy Joes are the next of our Amish recipes to explore. 

Brown the hamburger, add in cut up and fried bacon and onions along with the rest of the ingredients, and simmer. 

Easy and satisfying!

You can also find our own tried-and-true Sloppy Joe Recipe here.

Amish dinner recipes will often help you stretch your dollar farther with a bit of creativity.  

Here two cups of saltine cracker crumbs are added in with milk and seasonings. 

The gravy is cream of mushroom soup. 

These could be served with a side or a salad. 

We started this list with full loaves of bread, here we are looking closely at old fashioned Amish recipes for potato rolls. 

Easy and fluffy and flavorful are my favorite words in one sentence! 

Look out, holiday dinner, these rolls are fabulous!

If you love pecan pie then you are gonna love this dessert from old Amish recipes, Amish oatmeal pie. 

Post war time, when pecans were hard to find, Amish subbed in oatmeal and this dessert was created! 

Super simple but the taste is quite complex! 

Can be enjoyed with a scoop of ice cream on top!!

Pumpkin cinnamon rolls with caramel icing? 

YES, please! 

Using an Amish cooking recipe, these rolls will be a phenomenal way to welcome autumn!  

These can be partially prepared the day before so you don’t have to invest the whole two hours at once.

Amish dinner recipes tend to have variations but this one harkens back to the original  Pennsylvania Dutch where the waffle part is simply a substitute for dumplings or potatoes. 

Excellent instructions and video as well!

Amish food recipes are often easy on the budget like this one-pan beef and cabbage one. 

The beauty is in the numerous variations allowing the use of ingredients on hand or in season. 

The simmering time lets flavors incorporate for a satisfying entree! 

Using a sourdough starter, there are many Amish desserts that can be made like this carrot cake full of cinnamon, coconut and carrots with decadent cream cheese frosting

Isn’t it interesting how there is typically one penultimate recipe cooks turn to?

The old-fashioned Amish recipes tend to be of that caliber. 

This compiled recipe is clearly a step above the rest in the baked pretzel department! 

Everyone will want in on the action of making their very own pretzel! 

Amish recipes for comfort food abound. 

This one is a classic. 

Chicken or turkey, chunky bread, sauteed veggies, egg mixture, broth and bake!  

Ohhhhhh, the lovely smell and taste! This would make a great post-Thanksgiving meal! 

Italian sausage as part of a filling for green peppers is just an example of the fresh Amish dinner recipes you can find. 

The filling is savory and satisfying with tomato soup mixed in! 

The peppers are fresh and, baked all together, this entree is stunning! 

When you do not have time to wait for yeast to rise like many Amish cooking recipes call for, this apple bread is quick by comparison! 

It is more cakelike with extra sweetness! 

The brown sugar caramel sauce is a nice touch!

In old Amish recipes you will run across egg noodles a lot!

We may as well get good at preparing them and working with them! 

They can be their own side or they can be used as part of a casserole. 

Spoiler alert: there is a lot of butter and broth used to simmer those extra wide egg noodles!

Some old Amish recipes have been “updated” for preference or lifestyle choices. 

Here we have a peanut butter spread version that uses maple syrup as its sweetener. 

This sweet spread can be used on breads or as a dip for fruits.

Ever considered making your own crackers? 

Well, perhaps now is the time as Amish recipes come to the rescue! 

This one is simple, starting with saltines adding a cream and onion powder and cheddar cheese powder that may have to be ordered online.  

The bottom line

Slowing down long enough to plan and prepare a succulent homemade meal is a treat for most of us.

Perhaps we should make time to do it more often. 

This list of Amish recipes has certainly inspired me to get creative.

30 Amish Recipes

30 Amish Recipes

Traditional Amish food requires a slow-food mindset and an authentic desire to use fresh, whole ingredients. These 30 Amish recipes are a good place to start!

Ingredients

  • No Fail Amish White Bread
  • Amish Sugar Cookies
  • Amish Caramel Corn
  • Amish Cinnamon Muffins (Quick Amish Friendship Bread Muffins)
  • Amish Country Casserole
  • Amish Glazed Donuts
  • Amish Chicken And Noodles
  • Amish Baked Beans
  • Slow Cooker Amish Pot Roast
  • Amish Broccoli Salad
  • Homemade Amish Lemon Bars
  • Amish Pasta Salad
  • Amish Apple Fritters
  • Amish Onion Patties
  • Amish Brown Butter Mashed Potatoes
  • Homemade Sloppy Joes
  • Amish Country Poor Man's Hamburger Steaks
  • Amish Potato Rolls
  • Classic Amish Oatmeal Pie
  • Amish Pumpkin Cinnamon Rolls With Caramel Icing
  • Amish Chicken And Waffles
  • Amish One-Pan Ground Beef And Cabbage Skillet
  • Amish Friendship Carrot Cake
  • Homemade Amish Pretzels
  • Amish Roast Turkey (Or Chicken) And Dressing Casserole
  • Amish Sausage Stuffed Green Peppers
  • Amish Apple Bread
  • The Easiest Amish Egg Noodles
  • 5-Minute Amish Peanut Butter Spread
  • Seasoned Snack Crackers (Amish Recipe)

Instructions

  1. Choose one or more options from our list of Amish recipes here!
  2. Create your new favorite dish.
  3. Pat yourself on the back for making food at home for you to enjoy!
  4. Share and comment! Did you make any tweaks so it’s all your own?

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