40 Amish-Inspired Christmas Recipes to Try This Year (2024)

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40 Amish-Inspired Christmas Recipes to Try This Year (1)Camille BerryUpdated: Feb. 05, 2024

    Celebrate the Amish way with these hearty Amish Christmas dishes. Simple yet nourishing, these recipes are perfect for a wholesome Christmas dinner spread.


    Easy Potato Rolls

    After I discovered this recipe, it became a mainstay for me. I make the dough ahead of time when company is coming, and I try to keep some in the refrigerator to bake for our ranch hands. Leftover mashed potatoes are almost sure to go into these rolls. —Jeanette McKinney, Belleview, Missouri

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    Amish Yum-Yum Salad

    I received the recipe for Amish yum-yum salad from a friend of my mother’s years ago. I always have the ingredients on hand in case I need a quick dessert. Any flavor of gelatin works well, and sometimes I spoon it into individual parfait glasses instead of serving it in one big bowl. Everyone enjoys it. —Yvonne Bellomo, Ebensburg, Pennsylvania

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    For apple lovers, the Amish have a yummy dessert known as “Apple goodie” which is the perfect end to a hearty holiday feast.


    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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    Check out these Amish baking tips that you’ll wish you knew sooner.


    Sausage Bread Dressing

    My husband and father go crazy for this dressing. Leftovers are rare but they freeze quite well. To save time, chop the veggies and prepare (but don't bake) the dressing up to two days ahead of time and refrigerate. Add a little baking time since it will be cold. —Bette Votral, Bethlehem, Pennsylvania

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    Sweet Potato Pancakes with Cinnamon Cream

    Topped with a rich cinnamon cream, these pancakes are an ideal dish for celebrating the tastes and aromas of fall. —Tammy Rex, New Tripoli, Pennsylvania

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    Old-Fashioned Oatmeal Pie

    Oatmeal pie is a tasty dessert that captures all the luscious flavor of pecan pie but costs less to make. It’s a perfect treat for those who have nut allergies.

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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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    Farmhouse Pork and Apple Pie

    I've always loved pork and apples together, and this recipe combines them nicely to create a comforting main dish. It calls for a bit of preparation, but my family and I agree the wonderful flavor is well worth the effort. —Suzanne Strocsher, Bothell, Washington

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    Roasted Chicken with Rosemary

    Herbs, garlic and butter give this hearty meal in one a classic flavor. It's a lot like pot roast, except it uses chicken instead of beef. —Isabel Zienkosky, Salt Lake City, Utah

    If you’re craving something sweet-and-tangy, then be sure to try out this Amish potato salad recipe.


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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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    Amish Vanilla Pie

    We live in rural northern Indiana where we have several Amish communities. I found this recipe in our local paper a few years back, and after making a few adjustments, I came up with a fabulous pie! It reminds me of the many cream pies my grandma made for holidays. Be sure to allow the Amish vanilla pie to set and cool completely before cutting and serving. —Shelly Brubacher, Nappanee, Indiana

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    Apple, Butternut and Sausage Dressing

    I'd heard about using squash in dressing, so I combined four things I love into one dish: apples, butternut squash, bacon and maple sausage! Now, it's one of the most requested dishes during the holidays. —Brenda Crouch, Ansley, Nebraska

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    Sunday Chops and Stuffing

    My family likes to make these chops for Sunday dinner. The recipe lets us spend more time having fun together and less time cooking. —Georgiann Franklin, Canfield, Ohio

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    Slow-Cooker Sauerbraten

    My family is of German Lutheran descent, and although we enjoy this traditional beef roast, I never liked the amount of time and fuss it takes to make it. This recipe is so good and oh-so-easy. It's great served with dumplings, spaetzle, veggies or a salad. —Norma English, Baden, 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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    Cheesy Mashed Potatoes

    Everyone who has tasted these cheesy mashed potatoes asks how to make them. Since this comforting casserole bakes at the same temperature as my chicken bundles, I get it started in the oven and pop in the entree a little later.—Brad Moritz, Limerick, Pennsylvania

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    Roasted Chicken

    This tender chicken is a real time-saver on a busy weekend. A simple blend of seasonings makes it a snap to prepare, and it smells heavenly as it roasts. —Marian Platt, Sequim, Washington

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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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    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, adding the vegetables when I get home. Then I just sit back and relax until it’s done. —Donna Wilkinson, Monrovia, Maryland

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    Chicken Potpie Casserole

    I always have leftover chicken broth on hand and use it for many things, including this comforting family favorite. You can bake your own biscuits as I do or buy them at the store. I like to bake extra biscuits to eat with butter and jam. —Liliane Jahnke, Cypress, Texas

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    Basic Homemade Bread

    If you'd like to learn how to bake bread, here's a wonderful place to start. This easy white bread bakes up deliciously golden brown. There's nothing like the homemade aroma wafting through my kitchen as it bakes. —Sandra Anderson, New York, New York

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    Skillet Sausage Stuffing

    To make this sausage stuffing, I dressed up a package of stuffing mix with pork sausage, mushrooms, celery and onion. It impressed my in-laws at a family gathering and has since become a popular side dish with my husband and children. —Jennifer Lynn Cullen, Taylor, Michigan

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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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    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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    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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    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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    Amish Potato Bread

    A tasty mix of whole wheat and all-purpose flour and a small amount of mashed potatoes combine to give this golden bread its wonderful texture. The loaf is very moist and stays that way for days. —Sue Violette, Neillsville, Wisconsin

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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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    Country Chuck Roast with Mushroom Gravy

    This tender, savory roast practically melts in your mouth. It looks a bit complex, but the hands-free oven time makes it my go-to company recipe on a cold day. —Mary Kay LaBrie, Clermont, Florida

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    Herbed Pork Roast with Gravy

    The classic mix of herbs topping this roast add a flavor to the pork that my husband just loves. It’s his favorite dish! —Jean Harris, Central Point, Oregon

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    Favorite Chicken Potpie

    This is the best chicken potpie recipe! Chock-full of chicken, potatoes, peas and corn, this recipe makes two golden pies, so you can serve one at supper and save the other for a busy night. —Karen Johnson, Bakersfield, California

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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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    Country Potato Pancakes

    These potato pancakes are really versatile. They can be a side dish for just about any meal or the main course for a light meal. Potato pancakes go particularly well with pork. We have them often at our house. —Lydia Robotewskyj, Franklin, Wisconsin

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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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    Ham Balls with Brown Sugar Glaze

    These smoky-sweet meatballs are a Pennsylvania Dutch specialty. I like setting them out when folks come to visit. —Janet Zeger, Middletown, Pennsylvania

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    Sauerkraut Casserole

    Mom brewed her own sauerkraut and, of course, the cabbage was from our big farm garden! Blending the kraut with spicy sausage and apples was Mom’s favorite way to fix it, and I still love this country dish.
    —Rosemary Pryor, Pasadena, Maryland. Next, check out our collection of delicious Christmas dinner ideas.

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    Spicy Applesauce Cake

    This picnic-perfect cake travels and slices very well. With chocolate chips, walnuts and raisins, it's a real crowd pleaser. —Marian Platt, Sequim, Washington

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    Crusty Homemade Bread

    Crackling homemade bread makes an average day extraordinary. Enjoy this beautiful crusty bread recipe as is, or stir in a few favorites like cheese, garlic, herbs and dried fruits. —Megumi Garcia, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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    Originally Published: November 14, 2019

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    With nearly a decade of freelancing under her belt (six with Taste of Home), Camille regularly taps into her background to write about about all things food and drink. Part of the third generation in a family of restaurateurs, Camille was born with a passion for cooking and food. She embarked on a career in hospitality where she excelled as a sommelier and wine director. This hospitality experience has given her a wealth of first-hand knowledge about how to pair all manner of drinks with food—plus some serious kitchen skills. These days, she's hung up her wine key in favor of a keyboard and covers all aspects of food and drink.

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    What is a typical Amish Christmas dinner? ›

    A typical Amish Christmas dinner includes ham or roast beef with mashed potatoes and gravy, noodles, vegetables, bread with butter, cranberry sauce and homemade desserts like apple dumplings or pumpkin custard pie.

    What is a famous Amish dish? ›

    Shoofly pie is a traditional sweet breakfast dish in Amish communities. It's made from molasses combined with water, baking soda, and flour poured into a pie shell and topped with a layer of crumb comprising flour, butter, sugar, and spices like nutmeg and cinnamon.

    What was a Christmas dinner in 1950? ›

    This 1950's Christmas dinner menu was listed in Better Homes and Gardens Holiday Cookbook, “French onion soup, holiday duckling with orange stuffing, cranberry sauce, mushroom wild rice, almond green beans, gala fruit wreath, Parker House rolls, butter, assorted cheese and crackers, hot coffee.”

    What snacks do Amish eat? ›

    Drop in to visit an Amish family and they'll quickly invite you to share some popcorn and ice cream. It might be pretzels or chips. One always has to have something salty with ice cream. It's really special if it's hand cranked.

    What do Amish call Christmas? ›

    Christmas season is here, and for most of the world, the holiday is celebrated on December 25. However, the Amish celebrate what's called 'Epiphany' or 'Old Christmas' on January 6 — but why?

    Can Amish eat pizza? ›

    According to the Amish 365 website, pizza is a favorite for Amish families. “The Amish have had a long love affair with pizza,” the site, which focuses on Amish and Mennonite recipes and culture, states.

    Do Amish eat fried chicken? ›

    "When I visited Amish country in Penn. I fell in love with the Fried Chicken they made. Here is one of their recipes. Very tasty!"

    Do Amish eat canned food? ›

    Meats. Yes, you read that right – meats can be canned! Many Amish communities can beef, pork, and chicken so they have a healthy source of protein even when fresh meat isn't available.

    What is most eaten on Christmas? ›

    Here are some of the most popular foods from different parts of the world that people enjoy for the Christmas holiday: United States and Canada: Roast turkey or ham, a standard main course for holiday dinners. Eggnog, a rich and creamy beverage made with eggs, milk, and spices.

    What to eat on Christmas Day night? ›

    Serve a traditional Christmas dinner menu filled with classic dishes, including smoked salmon starters, roast turkey with all the trimmings and Christmas pudding. We're all for breaking with convention and trying something new on special occasions, but sometimes only classic dishes will do on Christmas Day.

    What did pioneers eat for Christmas? ›

    Women made breads and brought out jellies and jams made in the summer and fall and saved for this occasion. They served ham, goose, wild turkey and other birds. Pulling was a favorite activity at winter get- togethers. Taffy could be pulled only when the air was cold.

    What was the original Christmas meat? ›

    The traditional choices were beef, venison and wild boar, but the Tudors also ate a range of wild animals and birds that we wouldn't eat today, including badger, blackbird and woodco*ck. Turkeys first came to England during the Tudor period were seen as an exotic delicacy.

    What did kids get for Christmas in the 1950s? ›

    The Fifties were a decade that saw some of the greatest and most enduring toys hit the market. Hula hoops, Barbies and Matchbox cars first found their way under the tree on Christmas mornings in the 1950s. These were some of the most popular Christmas gifts back then.

    What is the traditional meal served at Christmas dinners? ›

    Traditional Christmas dinner features turkey with stuffing, mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, and vegetables. Other types of poultry, roast beef, or ham, are also used.

    What do the Amish do to celebrate Christmas? ›

    On Christmas Day, the Amish celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ in a similar fashion to many non-Amish families: They light Christmas candles. Some families decorate the home with greenery. They have a big meal of turkey or ham with all of the delicious side dishes.

    Do Amish people put up a Christmas tree? ›

    There are no Christmas trees, electric lights, or Santa Claus in Amish homes. Instead, they focus on the religious aspects of Christmas and spend time with family and friends. They also don't exchange presents that are flashy or materialistic.

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