Most Amish families live in the rural countryside. And most Amish in two-story farmhouses. Of course, there are exceptions. I've seen Amish living in pretty suburban-looking homes in especially crowded Amish communities. Not everyone can have a farm.
But, typically, most Amish live in a farmhouse and the "beating heart" of that house is, you guessed it, the kitchen.
The kitchen is where comfort is found, memories are made, and favorite foods are prepared.
Here are five comforting Amish Farmhouse Recipes:
Mrs. Miller's Tuna Casserole: Tuna is popular in Amish homes because it's canned and often easily found in bulk food stores, so a homemaker can be several cans and they'll stay good on the shelf for a long time in a pinch. Seafood is just a nice protein change from chicken or beef and we all know that fish has health benefits. Click here for Mrs. Miller's Tuna Casserole.
Amish Yumasetti Casserole: You can hardly thumb through an Amsih cookbook without seeing this recipe. For a long time I wasn't sure of how it got its name, but I think it is a take-off on the popular Johnny Marzetti casserole that is popular in the Midwest. Check out Amish Yumasetti Casserole here.
Authentic Amish Rivel Soup: Rivels are little dumplings and when they are packed into a warm, delicious soup this is the perfect comfort food on a cold night. And those are coming up. Click here for rivel soup!
Poor Man's Steak: This is an Amish classic. It's hearty and comforting and the title is true, it's a poor man's steak but you feel mighty rich eating it. Check out the recipe here.
Classic Amish Cinnamon Rolls: In all my Amish farmhouse memories over the years many things stand out, but one, food-wise, seems to rise above the rest: homemade cinnamon rolls. There is just something amazingly comforting (and filling) about a warm, puffy, cinnamon-y cinnamon roll. Get the recipe for Classic Amish Cinnamon Rolls here.
Amish Oatmeal Pie: I come back to this recipe again and again. I made one for a gathering a weeks ago and, as always, it was a hit. This is one of these tried-and-true comfort food classics in Amish food lore. Don't let the name turn you off, it's not like eating Cream of Wheat in a pie, Oatmeal Pie is elegant, almost like a pecan pie. Click here for Oatmeal Pie.