Sweet corn is a staple in most Amish gardens. Usually there are a few rows in each garden devoted to the stalks. The most common way to enjoy it is simply salted and slathered in butter. And, wow, there are few things better than the perfect ear of corn salted and slathered. Get a bad ear of chewy corn, not good...but find that perfect ear with just the right amount of crisp crunch and you've got heaven on an ear.
🍿 The Amish and Corn
The Amish grow - and eat - a lot of corn. Corn is a staple crop in Amish communities and is used for a variety of purposes, including food, feed, and fuel. Amish farmers typically grow several varieties of corn, including dent corn, sweet corn, and popcorn. Amish country popcorn is revered.
Dent corn is the most common type of corn grown by the Amish. It is used for animal feed and for making cornmeal, which is used in a variety of Amish dishes. Sweet corn is also a popular crop among the Amish. It is eaten fresh off the cob or canned for later use. Popcorn is a favorite snack among the Amish and is often popped over an open fire.
The Amish are skilled farmers and have a deep understanding of corn cultivation. They use traditional methods of farming, such as planting by hand and harvesting with horses. This helps to preserve the Amish way of life and ensures that they are self-sufficient.
There are many ways to enjoy these golden kernels of summer, and here are 5 favorite Amish recipes so you can do just that:
🌽 5 Amish Corn Creations
AMISH CHICKEN CORN CASSEROLE: Amish cooks really rely on casseroles. They are easy to assemble, feed large groups of people, and the amounts can be adjusted according to how many people you’re feeding. Plus, casseroles travel so easily. You can put it in a casserole dish, bake it, cover it, stick it in a box, and it can bounce along on a rough buggy ride without really messing with the dish's appearance any. Click here for Amish Chicken Corn Casserole.
HOMEMADE CORN FRITTERS: Mmmm, who knew maple syrup and corn were a good combo? Click here for the recipe.
SCALLOPED CORN SUPPER: Wow, I could eat something like this every night...click here for the recipe.
AMISH BAKED CORN: This is pegged as a Thanksgiving dish, but you can eat it anytime. Click here!
MEXICAN SUMMER CORN SALAD: As someone who loves corn, this salad is right up my alley. Forget a lettuce salad, give me a corn salad any day. And this amazing mixture and melding of flavors is, yeah, amazing. Now, about those Fritos in the recipe….Salty snacks like Fritos, Doritos, potato chips and the like do have a following in Amish homes. 100 years ago the Amish were a far more insulated culture, but they aren’t anymore. I mean, any Amish grocery sells bags of chips and boxes of cereal and the like. Yes, many of their customers are non-Amish, but plenty of Amish shop at these places too. So snacks like Fritos and other chips have gained surprising currency among the Amish. Because of this, I’m not surprised at all to see a popular recipe that contain Fritos. In fact, I’d be surprised not to see a recipe like this popular among the Amish. Enjoy Mexican Summer Corn Salad!