51 Incredibly Cozy Pennsylvania Dutch-Inspired Recipes (2024)

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51 Incredibly Cozy Pennsylvania Dutch-Inspired Recipes (1)Ellie Martin CliffeUpdated: Feb. 15, 2024

    Inspired by the down-home taste of the Pennsylvania Dutch, these recipes are the perfect answer when you're craving a cozy, hearty meal.


    Pennsylvania Dutch Cucumbers

    My mom’s side of the family was German and Irish. Settling in Pennsylvania, they adopted some of the cooking and customs of the Pennsylvania Dutch. This is a dish Mom loved, and today it’s my favorite garden salad. It tastes delicious alongside a plate of homegrown tomatoes. —Shirley Joan Helfenbein, Lapeer, Michigan

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    Amish Breakfast Casserole

    We’ve enjoyed a few hearty breakfast casseroles while visiting an Amish inn. When I asked for a recipe, one of the ladies told me the ingredients right off the top of her head. I modified it to create this quick and easy breakfast casserole my family loves. —Beth Notaro, Kokomo, Indiana

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    Pennsylvania Dutch Potato Doughnuts

    My relatives have been making these tasty doughnuts for years. The potatoes keep them moist, and the glaze provides just the right amount of sweetness. —Marlene Reichart, Leesport, Pennsylvania

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    Aunt Edith’s Baked Pancake

    My aunt made a mighty breakfast that revolved around ‘The Big Pancake’. I always enjoyed watching as she poured the batter into her huge iron skillet, then created the perfect confection: a Dutch baby pancake. —Marion Kirst, Troy, Michigan

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    Easy Pennsylvania Dutch Apple Cobbler

    This is a common dish from where I was born and raised in Pennsylvania. It’s a classic Dutch-style apple cobbler recipe—easy, quick and delicious. Who wouldn’t love this golden brown delight? —Andrea Robson, York, Pennsylvania

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    Best Ever Potato Soup

    You'll be surprised at the taste of this rich and cheesy easy potato soup. It really is the best potato soup recipe, ever. I came up with it after enjoying baked potato soup at one of our favorite restaurants. I added bacon, and we think that makes it even better. —Coleen Morrissey, Sweet Valley, Pennsylvania

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    Pennsylvania Dutch Pork Chops

    Recipes of Pennsylvania Dutch heritage, like this one, are popular in our area. We like to serve these sweet-and-sour pork chops with dumplings or spaetzle, red cabbage coleslaw and applesauce, with Dutch apple pie for dessert. —Joyce E. Brotzman, McVeytown, Pennsylvania

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    Southern Coleslaw

    My mother used to make this salad on holidays. With all the cabbage that is grown here, this coleslaw recipe is a real natural for us! —Deb Darr, Falls City, Oregon

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    Pennsylvania Pot Roast

    This heartwarming one-dish meal is adapted from a Pennsylvania Dutch recipe. I start the pot roast cooking before I leave for church, add vegetables when I get home, and then just sit back and relax until it’s done. —Donna Wilkinson, Monrovia, Maryland

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    Canned Blueberry Jam

    Summer doesn't feel complete without at least one berry-picking trip and a batch of homemade blueberry jam. Eat atop fresh scones or biscuits for maximum enjoyment! —Marisa McClellan, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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    Pennsylvania Dutch Corn Pie

    This Pennsylvania Dutch corn pie is full of old-fashioned goodness, with tender diced potatoes and a fresh, sweet corn flavor. Once you’ve tasted this delicious pie, you’ll never want to serve corn any other way! —Kathy Spang, Manheim, Pennsylvania

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    Pickled Green Beans

    This recipe produces zippy little pickled green beans, preserving my veggies for months to come ... if they last that long. I crank up the heat a bit with cayenne pepper. —Marisa McClellan, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania


    Pennsylvania Dutch Apple Butter

    You can spread this apple butter on thick and still enjoy a breakfast that’s thin on calories. For a smoother texture, use tender varieties such as McIntosh or Cortland apples. —Diane Widmer, Blue Island, Illinois

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    Turkey White Chili

    Growing up in a Pennsylvania Dutch area, I was surrounded by excellent cooks and wonderful foods. I enjoy experimenting with new recipes like this change-of-pace chili. —Kaye Whiteman, Charleston, West Virginia

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    Hearty Maple Beans

    I modified this recipe to suit my family's taste. It's a great side dish for a backyard barbecue with hamburgers and hot dogs. It can be made in advance and kept warm in a slow cooked for hours without losing any flavor. —Margaret Glassic, Easton, Pennsylvania

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    Amish Sugar Cookies

    These easy-to-make, old-fashioned Amish sugar cookies simply melt in your mouth! I've passed this recipe around to many friends. After I gave it to my sister, she entered the cookies in a local fair and won best of show. —Sylvia Ford, Kennett, Missouri

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    Basic Buttermilk Salad Dressing

    When serving salad to a crowd, this easy buttermilk ranch dressing comes in handy. It make a full quart of creamy, delicious dressing to toss with your favorite greens and veggies. —Patricia Mele, Lower Burrell, Pennsylvania

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    Grandma's Rosemary Dinner Rolls

    My grandma (I called her Baba) made these in her coal oven. How she regulated the temperature is beyond me! She always made extra rolls for the neighbors to bake in their own ovens. My mom and aunts would deliver the formed rolls at lunchtime. —Charlotte Hendershot, Hudson, Pennsylvania

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    Apple Slab Pie

    Apple slab pie is a terrific contribution to a covered-dish supper, picnic or potluck. It’s baked in a large 15x10 baking pan so it’s easy to make and tote, too. But be prepared—people always ask for a copy of the recipe! —Dolores Skrout, Summerhill, Pennsylvania

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    Amish Noodles

    These are the best buttered noodles ever! They are easy to make and kid-friendly, and they pair nicely with lots of main dishes. —Angela Lively, Conroe, Texas

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    Dill Garden Salad

    I love to cut up whatever fresh vegetables I have on hand and toss them with this delicious dressing and fresh dill. This salad shows up on our table regularly during the summer. —Bethany Martin, Lewisburg, Pennsylvania

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    Amish Onion Cake

    This rich, moist bread with an onion-poppy seed topping is a wonderful break from your everyday bread routine. You can serve it with any meat, and it's a nice accompaniment to soup or salad. I've made it many times and have often been asked to share the recipe. —Mitzi Sentiff, Annapolis, Maryland

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    Potato Stuffing Casserole

    I adapted this recipe from a Pennsylvania Dutch cookbook, and it's indicative of the fine German cooking found in this area. If you're looking for an alternative to mashed potatoes, try this dish. —Elsa Kerschner, Kunkletown, Pennsylvania

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    Pennsylvania Dutch Funny Cake

    I can still remember my grandma serving this delicious cake on the big wooden table in her farm kitchen. Every time I bake this unusual cake, it takes me back to those special days at Grandma's. —Diane Ganssle, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

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    Pickled Sweet Onions

    These slightly crunchy pickled onions are not only a great gift for Christmas, but also a terrific contribution to a backyard barbecue as a relish for burgers and hot dogs. —Laura Winemiller, Delta, Pennsylvania

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    Oatmeal Molasses Crisps

    When I found this recipe in an Amish cookbook, I had to try it. It’s traditional in regions with Amish populations—Pennsylvania, Ohio and the Upper Midwest. Now it’s a staple for our family and the folks at our church fellowship, too. —Jori Schellenberger, Everett, Washington

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    Old-Fashioned Honey Baked Apples

    My baked apple recipe is very old-fashioned yet tried and true. It's definitely a comfort food. —Rachel Hamilton, Greenville, Pennsylvania

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    Tangy Bacon Green Beans

    My grandmother’s Pennsylvania Dutch-style recipe turns plain old green beans into a tangy cross between three-bean and German potato salads. —Sharon Tipton, Casselberry, Florida

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    Apple-Walnut Maple Conserve

    Versatile and delicious, this conserve reminds me of a warm cozy kitchen; you'll love every bite. I warm the conserve and pour it over vanilla ice cream as a dessert, and it's great as a topping over French toast, biscuits or even pork roast. Be sure to make more than one batch so you can give it as gifts during the holidays.—Paula Marchesi, Lenhartsville, Pennsylvania

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    Pretty Pumpkin Cinnamon Buns

    I make sticky buns and cinnamon rolls quite often because my husband loves them. One day I had some fresh pumpkin on hand and decided to try pumpkin cinnamon buns. We loved the results! —Glenda Joseph, Chambersburg, Pennsylvania

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    Tangy Pickled Mushrooms

    Home-canned pickled mushrooms are a handy addition to your pantry. They’re ideal for co*cktails, appetizers, salads and relish trays.—Jill Hihn, Mother Earth Organic Mushrooms, West Grove, Pennsylvania

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    Dark Chocolate Chip Zucchini Bread

    A colleague brought this in one day for someone’s birthday. I grow zucchini in my garden so I had a lot of opportunities to experiment with the recipe. My mother-in-law loves it, and not just because it's pretty good for you! —Sally Newton, Smethport, Pennsylvania

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    Make-Ahead Cabbage Rolls

    I've relied on this recipe for years, and my cabbage rolls never fail to impress. As the host of a number of holiday parties, my guests have come to expect this main entree. —Nancy Foust, Stoneboro, Missouri

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    Rhubarb and Strawberry Coffee Cake

    Vanilla cake with cream cheese filling and strawberry rhubarb sauce make a grand finale for a Mother’s Day brunch. I made this to honor our moms and grandmothers. —Danielle Ulam, Hookstown, Pennsylvania

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    Amish Baked Oatmeal

    The first time I had this treat was at a bed-and-breakfast in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. To me, it tasted just like a big warm-from-the-oven oatmeal cookie! —Colleen Butler, Inwood, West Virginia

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    Cinnamon-Apple Pork Chops

    When I found this pork chops with apples recipe online years ago, it quickly became a favorite. The ingredients are easy to keep on hand, and the one-pan cleanup is a bonus. —Christina Price, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

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    Cheesy Cheddar Broccoli Casserole

    Even people who don’t like broccoli beg me to make this comforting broccoli cheese casserole recipe. It's similar to a classic green bean casserole, but the melted cheese just puts it over the top. —Elaine Hubbard, Pocono Lake, Pennsylvania

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    Golden Honey Pan Rolls

    A cousin in North Carolina gave me the recipe for these delicious honey-glazed rolls. Using my bread machine to make the dough saves me about 2 hours compared to the traditional method. The rich buttery taste of these rolls is so popular with family and friends that I usually make two batches so I have enough! —Sara Wing, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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    Spicy Potato Soup

    My sister-in-law, who is from Mexico, passed along this wonderful recipe. Since she prefers her foods much spicier than we do, I reduced the amount of pepper sauce, but you can add more if you prefer a bigger kick. —Audrey Wall, Industry, Pennsylvania

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    Apple Streusel Muffins

    These apple streusel muffins remind us of coffee cake, and my husband and kids love them as a quick breakfast or snack on the run. The drizzle of glaze makes them pretty enough for company. —Dulcy Grace, Roaring Spring, Pennsylvania

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    Kielbasa Cabbage Skillet

    Spicy kielbasa sausage and plentiful cabbage and potatoes give this dish a pleasing Old World flair. My husband never liked cabbage before I made this, but now he does! —Romaine Wetzel, Ronks, Pennsylvania

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    Mom's Roast Beef

    Everyone loves slices of this fork-tender roast beef with its savory gravy. The well-seasoned roast is Mom's specialty. People always ask about the secret ingredients. Now you have the delicious recipe for our favorite meat dish! —Linda Gaido, New Brighton, Pennsylvania

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    Amish Chicken Corn Soup

    Creamed corn and butter make my chicken corn soup homey and rich. This recipe makes a big batch, but the soup freezes well for future meals—one reason why soups are my favorite thing to make. —Beverly Hoffman, Sandy Lake, Pennsylvania

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    Pumpkin-Apple Muffins with Streusel Topping

    My mother always made these tasty muffins whenever our family got together at her house. Now they’re a family favorite at my house, and my in-laws love them, too! —Carolyn Riley, Carlisle, Pennsylvania

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    Walnut Horn Cookies

    At our house, it wouldn't be Christmas without these Pennsylvania Dutch cookies, which are known locally as kiffels. —Sharon Allen, Allentown, Pennsylvania

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    Chicken Potpie Soup

    My grandmother hand-wrote a cookbook. She included this amazing pie crust, and I added this delicious chicken potpie soup for it. —Karen LeMay, Seabrook, Texas

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    Amish Raisin Cookies

    I found this recipe for a chewy raisin cookie in one of the many Amish cookbooks I own. I haven't seen it duplicated anywhere else. —Marcia Wagner, Berrien Springs, Michigan

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    Amish Macaroni Salad

    This Amish macaroni salad is a crowd favorite. It’s supposed to be sweet, but you can lessen the sugar to suit your taste. Garnish with sliced hard-boiled eggs and paprika, if desired. —Mishelle Johnson, Wyoming, Michigan

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    Maple-Walnut Sticky Buns

    Mmm! These ooey-gooey goodies will have everyone licking maple syrup from their fingers—and reaching for seconds. The yeast dough chills overnight. —Nancy Foust, Stoneboro, Pennsylvania

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    Originally Published: January 31, 2019

    51 Incredibly Cozy Pennsylvania Dutch-Inspired Recipes (50)

    Ellie Martin Cliffe

    Ellie has spent almost 20 years writing and editing food and lifestyle content for several well-known publishers. As Taste of Home's content director, she leads the team of editors sharing tasty recipes, cooking tips and entertaining ideas. Since joining Taste of Home 13 years ago, she has held roles in digital and print, editing cookbooks, curating special interest publications, running magazines, starring in cooking and cleaning videos, working with the Community Cooks and even handing out cookies and cocoa at local holiday events. Gluten- and dairy-free since 2017, she’s a staff go-to on allergy-friendly foods that actually taste good.If she's not in her plant-filled office, find Ellie in her family’s urban veggie garden, in the kitchen trying new GF/DF recipes or at a local hockey rink, cheering on her spouse or third grader.

    51 Incredibly Cozy Pennsylvania Dutch-Inspired Recipes (2024)


    What was one of the most popular Pennsylvania Dutch dishes? ›

    Shoo Fly Pie — This is probably the best-known Pennsylvania Dutch dish out there — and if you've ever tried it, you know why! The ingredients are simple: brown sugar, molasses, butter, and water, which are mixed together until they become crumbly, and form a sweet, rich pie filling.

    Which of the following is an iconic food of the Pennsylvania Dutch? ›

    Classic Pennsylvania Dutch Dishes
    • Scrapple. Scrapple consists of the scraps and trimmings of pork or other meat combined with cornmeal and shaped into a loaf. ...
    • Chicken Corn Soup. ...
    • Red Beet Eggs. ...
    • Dandelion Greens with Warm Bacon Dressing. ...
    • Apple Butter. ...
    • Chicken Pot Pie. ...
    • Schnitz un Knepp. ...
    • Spaetzle.

    What food is favored by the Pennsylvania Dutch? ›

    Traditional PA Dutch Foods of Pennsylvania's Americana Region
    • Apple Butter. ...
    • Apple Dumplings. ...
    • Birch Beer. ...
    • Chicken Pot Pie. ...
    • Corn Pie. ...
    • Chow-Chow. ...
    • Lebanon Bologna. ...
    • Potato Filling.
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    What are three foods that the Pennsylvania Dutch brought to America from Germany? ›

    Many food dishes that remain popular to this day are associated with the Pennsylvania Dutch, including pretzels, sauerkraut, fasnachts, liverwurst, scrapple *, and dandelion salad.

    What is the most iconic Pennsylvania food? ›

    Philly Cheesesteaks

    Without a doubt, Philly cheesesteaks are the most iconic Pennsylvania food. Their notoriety is spread across America and even the world.

    What are the Pennsylvania Dutch people called? ›

    The Pennsylvania Dutch (Pennsylvania Dutch: Pennsylvanisch Deitsche), also commonly referred to as Pennsylvania Germans, are an ethnic group in Pennsylvania and other American states.

    What is the official dish of Pennsylvania? ›

    Pennsylvania: Shoofly pie

    Pennsylvania doesn't have any official state foods, but shoofly pie has a place on the tables of Lancaster County. The Pennsylvania Dutch make this concoction with molasses and a light crumb topping—think coffee cake in a pie crust.

    What is the most typical Dutch dish? ›

    1. Poffertjes. Probably one of the most famous Dutch dishes, Poffertjes are small pancakes, baked in an iron skillet, and traditionally served with melted butter and dusted with icing sugar. You can enjoy these all year round, but Christmas and New Year are typically the best times to have them.

    What is a sweet treat that is a Pennsylvania Dutch specialty? ›

    In conclusion, shoofly pie is a classic Pennsylvania Dutch dessert that is both simple and satisfying. With its sweet, molasses-filled filling and flaky, buttery crust, it's no wonder that this dessert has remained a favorite for generations.

    What country did most of the Pennsylvania Dutch come from? ›

    Their ancestors were mainly from the Palatinate of the southern Rhineland in Germany. The Palatinate was a significant area of contention during the Thirty Years' War, which pitted the French against the Holy Roman Empire regarding the issue of Protestantism.

    What does it mean if you are Pennsylvania Dutch? ›

    1. : a people originally of eastern Pennsylvania whose characteristic cultural traditions go back to the German migrations of the 18th century. 2. : a dialect of German spoken mainly in Amish communities especially in Pennsylvania, Ohio, and Indiana. Pennsylvania Dutchman noun.

    Is Pennsylvania Dutch like Amish? ›

    All traditional Amish are Pennsylvania Dutch, but not all Pennsylvania Dutch are Amish. Historically, the Amish and Old Order Mennonites accounted for only about ten percent of the Pennsylvania Dutch, with the remainder mostly Lutheran and Reformed.

    What is Pennsylvania Dutch cooking? ›

    Soups are a traditional part of Pennsylvania Dutch cooking and the Dutch housewife can apparently make soup out of anything. If she has only milk and flour she can still make rivel soup. However, most of their soups are sturdier dishes, hearty enough to serve as the major portion of the evening meal.

    What Pennsylvania Dutch food is made from pig stomach? ›

    Pennsylvania Dutch

    In the Pennsylvania German language, it is known as Seimaage (sigh-maw-guh), originating from its German name Saumagen. It is made from a cleaned pig's stomach traditionally stuffed with cubed potatoes and loose pork sausage meat. Other ingredients may include cabbage, onions, and spices.

    Why do pa Dutch eat pork and sauerkraut? ›

    By nature pigs are always looking for food, constantly “moving forward” in their search for food symbolizing moving forward in the New Year! To bring good luck (or “viel glück” in German), pork is the go-to food. Sauerkraut is similarly associated with prosperity and good fortune.

    What is a famous Dutch dish? ›

    1. Poffertjes. Probably one of the most famous Dutch dishes, Poffertjes are small pancakes, baked in an iron skillet, and traditionally served with melted butter and dusted with icing sugar. You can enjoy these all year round, but Christmas and New Year are typically the best times to have them.

    What is Dutch main dish? ›

    Dutch dinner

    Typical Dutch dishes are stamppot boerenkool (mashed kale), Hutspot (stew of potatoes and carrots), erwtensoep (split pea soup) and bruine bonensoep (brown bean soup).

    What is Pennsylvania Dutch known for? ›

    The Pennsylvania Germans or Pennsylvania Dutch – the terms are equivalent – are the descendants of German-speaking emigrants who settled in Pennsylvania beginning in 1683, with the founding of Germantown, and continuing to about 1815 to 1820, the close of the Napoleonic Wars in Europe.

    What were the Pennsylvania Dutch known for? ›

    The Pennsylvania Dutch, also called the Pennsylvania Germans, are the descendants of German settlers from the Palatinate who sought religious freedom and a new home. Residing mostly in Pennsylvania and neighboring states, the Pennsylvania Dutch have evolved a hybrid German-American culture.

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