By Kevin Williams
I recently received my copy of "Lanc. County Amish Cookbook", published in 1982 and boasting over seven hundred recipes. The recipes are largely tried and true and collected from Amish cooks in the area. There are many recipes that appear more than once because they are different variations. For instance, there are at least meatloaf recipes, all of them amazing, I am sure.
Looking at the book through an anthropological lens you really can capture the culinary history of Lancaster County through this book. Amish cooking in Lancaster County and eastern Pennsylvania can sometimes be a bit more "layered" than other Amish areas and by that I mean the recipes are a bit more involved. Or they can be. But, others, like this Cheeseburger Bake are hearty farmhouse classics that stand the test of time.
I love the short chapter called "Amish Treats" which has classics like peanut brittle and soft pretzels (the roots of the Auntie Anne's pretzel empire may well be in this chapter, she started selling homemade pretzels from a cart in Lancaster County at about this time). Other really interesting recipe in the chapter: Velveeta cheese fudge. Interesting.
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- 1 pound ground beef
- salt and pepper
- 3 cups milk
- 2 cups shredded cheese
- 10 slices bread
- 1 teaspoon dry mustard
- 6 eggs
- 6 teaspoons parsley
- Brown meat, add salt and pepper.
- Combine eggs, milk, and mustard.
- Stir in shredded cheese, bread cubes, and meat.
- Pour into ungreased casserole.
- Bake uncovered at 325 for 1 hour or until center is set.