By Kevin Williams
The Amish have never been able to gain much of a foothold in Oklahoma. The state's arid climate and tough land to farm manually has discouraged Amish from coming. The one Amish settlement in the state is quite old, but even then farm with tractors, to help compensate for the tough land.
Still, the Amish settlement at Chouteau is friendly and hospitable and has a rich culinary heritage. So let's share 5 recipes from this community, most of them from Amish cook Freda Yoder,the wife of a bishop there who I've corresponded with in the past.
FREDA YODER'S SAUSAGE CASSEROLE AND FREDA YODER'S CREAM PIE: Also, information about how ot buy her great cookbook, click here.
FREDA YODER'S BUTTERY AMISH CORNBREAD: Wow, nothing like a buttery cornbread! Click here.
MINNIE YODER'S PIZZA POTATOES: Wow!
- 5 cups thinly sliced potatoes
- 1½ pounds browned hamburger
- 1 can cheddar cheese soup
- 1 can pizza sauce
- salt and pepper
- 1 /2 small onion,chopped
- 1 /2 cup milk
- 8 ounces shredded cheese
- Arrange potatoes in 9 X13 inch pan.
- Stir milk and cheese soup into hamburger and onion.
- Pour over potatoes and bake at 350 for 1 hour or until potatoes are done.
- Top with pizza sauce and cheese.
- Bake 15 minutes.
CHOTEAU AMISH BARBECUE SAUCE
Perfect on your weekend burgers!
4 cups catsup
dash Worchestershire sauce
1 teaspoon soy sauce
2 teaspoons dry mustard
2 cups brown sugar
2 cups vinegar
2 teaspoons ginger
2 teaspoons chili powder
1 /2 cup chopped onion
2 cups sugar
1 can tomato sauce
Mix all together.
BACON-WRAPPED STEAKS: Okay, this recipe is from Gloria in Illinois, but this is also popular among the Amish in Oklahoma!
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