By Kevin Williams
This is a good "Throwback Thursday" post because who doesn't have a yellow box of Bisquick tucked away in their pantry someplace? At least here in the USA. Growing up, there was always a box of Bisquick in my Grandma's pantry. When I moved out into my first apartment she taught me how to make dumplings out of this mix and soon it became a staple in my pantry when I moved to a college town and my own place. I went on a real dumpling kick for awhile, and then sort of got out of my Bisquick habit, but it's still a staple to hang onto for one's kitchen. Amish Cooks and Bisquick? Yes, it is a mix that is found in many Amish kitchens. It's sort of a way to cut a corner, which is not a bad thing if you are an Amish homemaker with six or seven children to care for.
Now, you can make your own "Bisquick", you don't have to buy the iconic golden box. So I'll start out today's Bisquick Blitz with two recipes for "homemade Bisquick" from two Amish cooks. You can take your pick on which mix you want to use.
And now, here is our gallery of favorite Amish recipes using Bisquick!
ZUCCHINI CARROT CASSEROLE - This is probably the single most popular Amish365 recipe that contains Bisquick. Click here to enjoy as zucchini season creeps closer!
TOMATO PIE: Use up your tomatoes and your Bisquick in one fell swoop, click here.
DEEP DISH TACO SQUARES: This is a really popular recipe among the Amish
Versatile Bisquick is just as much home with meat as it is with veggies, try this popular Amish chicken recipe. This is called "fried chicken" but it is actually baked in the oven.
- For chicken
- • 8 or 9 pieces of chicken
- • Salt
- • Melted butter and oil for coating chicken
- For coating
- • 20 ounces Bisquick
- • 1 cup chicken coating from bulk food store
- • 2½ cups "runion" mix (a bulk seasoning mix similar to Shake 'n Bake available at Amish country stores)
- • ½ tablespoon paprika
- • 1¼ pounds Gold Medal flour
- • 1 tablespoon garlic salt
- • 1 ounce seasoned salt
- • ¼ cup white sugar
- Trim off fat, and salt the chicken overnight.
- Prepare coating by mixing dry ingredients together in a large paper sack.
- Set aside.
- Roll the chicken pieces 3 at a time in some melted butter and oil and then drop into a sack and shake to cover.
- Place on a plate until all pieces are coated.
- Fry to a golden brown in butter and oil.
- Set aside.
- Pour a glass of water into the bottom of a roaster and cover with a piece of tin foil. Put chicken on top of tin foil and cover with another layer of foil. Take a pencil and punch 10 to 12 holes in the top layer of foil.
- Place in a 350-degree oven, and bake for 2 hours.
And, once again, zucchini and Bisquick make a great pair:
- 4 cups grated zucchini
- 2 eggs, slightly beaten
- 3 tablespoons Bisquick
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 cup mozzarella cheese, shredded (reserve ½)
- 1 cup Cheddar cheese, shredded (reserve ½)
- * Mix all ingredients together thoroughly and press into a greased 11-inch by 15-inch pan.
- Bake at 400 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes or until set.
- * Put on your favorite pizza toppings and add rest of cheese.
- Bake at 375 degrees for 15 more minutes until cheese is melted.
Yum, this is an Amish classic that combines Bisquick with summer veggies!
CHICKEN GARDEN BAKE
I think chicken just goes better, for some reason, with Bisquick, I've not run across a recipe for "Bisquick Beef", but this an Amish recipe for chicken that I found!
AMISH BISQUICK CHICKEN
Mix dry ingredients together while allowing oil and butter to melt together in 375ºF oven.
Coat chicken with we mixture then coat with dry mixture.
Place chicken in pan with remaining oil/butter mixture and bake for 45 minutes
And, Bisquick for breakfast:
AMISH CINNAMON COFFEECAKE
Cinnamon Streusel Coffee Cake
2Cups Pre-mixed baking product, such as Bisquick
⅔ cup milk or water
2 T sugar
1) Heat oven to 375*. Grease round cake pan.
2) Mix ingredients until blended. Spread in pan.
3) Make Streusel Topping:
⅓ cup baking product
⅓ cup packed brown sugar
½ teaspoon cinnamon
2 T firm margarine or butter
Combine the 4 ingredients with a fork or pastry blender. Mixture should be crumbly.
4) Sprinkle Streusel Topping over batter in pan.
5) Bake 18-22 minutes until golden brown.