Thanksgiving is now less than a month away. It's not an occasion that is necessarily widely observed among the Old Order Amish, although the secular aspects have seeped into some communities. So a turkey dinner with all the trimmings is becoming more common in Plain settlements. This is a plate of homemade mashed potatoes, dressing, and turkey served for supper at Yoder's Restaurant in Sarasota. It's the last plate picture from one of our readers who stopped there this week. Look at that tender turkey! Following is a stuffing/dressing recipe that isn't the one seen on Yoder's plate, but it was given to me by an Amish woman in Ohio. Yum!
Amish Potato Stuffing
1 1/2 cups milk
6 cups mashed potatoes, at room temperature
2 to 3 cups stale bread cubes
1/2 cup chopped onions
1 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup (1 stick) butter
1/2 cup chopped parsley
Salt and white pepper
1/4 teaspoon, or to taste, ground nutmeg
Additional butter for dotting top (optional)
Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Beat the eggs with the milk and stir into the potatoes. Add the bread cubes and mix well. SautÃ(c) the onions and celery lightly in the butter, until clear but not brown. Add to potato mixture.
Add parsley, salt and pepper to taste and nutmeg. Mix well and spoon into greased casserole. Dot with butter and sprinkle with paprika. Bake 45 minutes to 1 hour, until top is golden. Makes 12 servings.
- See more at: http://thegazette.com/2012/03/01/cooks-corner-amish-filling-is-gussied-up-mashed-potatoes/#sthash.BaWN7Ufd.dpuf