The summer "picnic season" will kick off with Memorial Day in a few weeks. If the weather is nice, many Amish will enjoy a picnic outdoors just like millions of other Americans.
🧺 The Amish & Picnics
The Amish do go on picnics. They often have picnics on Sundays after church, or during the summer months when the weather is nice. Amish picnics are usually simple affairs, with food that is prepared at home. Common picnic foods include fried chicken, potato salad, coleslaw, and homemade bread. Amish picnics are a great way for families to get together and enjoy each other's company. Oh and there is almost always a delicious dessert on hand.
Often the Amish avoid the civic pomp associated with the summer trio of holidays: Memorial Day, Fourth of July, and Labor Day. But most Amish, especially if they work for a non-Amish employer, are off work on those days, so favorite fishing holes or state parks become destinations of choice.
🍲 What Are Some Favorite Amish Picnic Foods?
Amish picnic foods are typically simple, hearty, and home-cooked. They often feature fresh, seasonal ingredients and are prepared without the use of electricity or modern conveniences. Some of the most popular Amish picnic foods include:
- Fried chicken: Amish fried chicken is known for its crispy skin and juicy meat. It is often served with mashed potatoes, gravy, and vegetables.
- Roast beef: Amish roast beef is typically cooked in a slow cooker or oven until it is tender and flavorful. It is often served with mashed potatoes, gravy, and vegetables.
- Ham: Amish ham is smoked and cured to perfection. It is often served with pineapple rings, Swiss cheese, and rye bread.
- Salad: Amish salads are typically made with fresh vegetables and fruits. They are often dressed with a simple vinaigrette or mayonnaise dressing. Amish macaroni salad is a staple. There are many variations of that favorite. Amish potato salad is also a favorite.
- Pie: Amish pies are known for their flaky crusts and delicious fillings. Some popular Amish pie flavors include apple, cherry, and shoofly pie.
- Ice cream: Amish ice cream is made with fresh cream and milk. It is often served in cones or cups with toppings such as sprinkles, whipped cream, and chocolate sauce.
Of course, condiments are also brought: pepper and salt, mustard (yellow mustard or brown), mayo (Miracle whip or real mayonnaise), and ketchup. Maybe a white onion, red onion, carrots, tomato, or green pepper to dice up and put on the grill with burgers. Some salad dressing in a bottle. All of these things add to the taste of picnic food! A bowl or two to divide up a large salad to toss. Hard-boiled eggs are also a favorite to bring along to an Amish picnic, just to eat or as garnish. A lot of Amish picnics feature a big batch of homemade pickle relish. Plenty of portable containers for storage are also brought.
In addition to these traditional favorites, Amish picnics often feature a variety of other foods, such as sandwiches, hot dogs, hamburgers, and watermelon. Lots of side dishes are also usually brought. Amish families also enjoy bringing along games and activities to keep the kids entertained, such as tag, frisbee, and horseshoes.
⚾ Amish Picnic Activities
n Amish picnic is a social gathering where Amish people come together to enjoy food, fellowship, and games. Picnic grounds are typically located in a park or other open area, and they are often decorated with flowers and greenery. The food served at an Amish picnic is typically simple but delicious, and it often includes fried chicken, homemade pies, and fresh fruit. Games that are popular at Amish picnics include horseshoes, volleyball, and tag. Amish people are known for their strong sense of community, and picnics are a great way for them to come together and socialize.
Here are some more details about an Amish picnic:
- Games: Amish picnics are a great opportunity for people to get some exercise and have some fun. Some popular games include horseshoes, volleyball, and tag. Water balloon fights are also popular! It's not uncommon at all to see a softball game come together either!
- Fellowship: Amish people place a high value on community, and picnics are a great way for them to come together and socialize.
- Decorations: Amish picnic grounds are often decorated with flowers and greenery, which helps to create a festive atmosphere.
If you have the opportunity to attend an Amish picnic, I highly recommend it. It is a great way to learn more about Amish culture and to experience a slice of their way of life.
🥄 Five Favorite Amish Picnic Recipes
Trying to choose just five is like going to Toys R' Us and trying to pick 5 toys (if Toys R' Us still existed). There are just so many favorite concoctions found in Amish picnic baskets from dips and spreads to salads and pies.
Generally, Amish picnic food is pretty portable. It'll have to survive a bumpy buggy ride. Or in the case of meats like chicken or burgers, the meat will have to be easy to stow until they can make it to a grill.
Amish Baked Barbecued Burgers
a delicious twist on an old summer stand-by. Also great with a slice of cheese!
Perfect Amish Grilled Chicken
Simple ingredients doesn't mean simple flavor! This is perfect on the grill for a summer picnic.
Emma Stoll's Homemade Pizza Muffins
Picnic food is great if it is portable, these perfect pizza muffins are a hit with kids and adults!
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