Chances are if you know someone who is non-Amish hosting a Thanksgiving meal, the days before the holiday are a stream of stress, last-minute grocery trips, dented cans of yams, trying to figure out the meal seating chart and so on.
You generally won't see the same scene at an Amish home. Yes, Thanksgiving is celebrated in many communities. But it is a low-key affair, generally. A turkey may be popped into the oven or, perhaps, some venison or ham instead. There will be the usual array of sides and rolls. An Amish homemaker, however, is used to feeding hundreds of people for their church services and thousands for a wedding. So having a dozen people over for dinner is nothing.
🥗 Last-Minute Amish Salads
Amish Thanksgiving Salad: This is a "celebration salad" that is popular at Thanksgiving and at holidays. Click here for the recipe.
Easy Cornbread Salad: So good! Click here.
🍲 Last-Minute Amish Sides
Amish Wedding Mashed Potatoes: Here is a bit about this recipe from Amish Cook, Gloria Yoder: Now that I can't be serving supper to all of you, I'll have to settle with sharing a couple of recipes that will give you a taste of what supper will be like. We plan on having what we call an Amish meal, consisting of deluxe salad, mashed potatoes, gravy, grilled chicken, veggies, pie, and ice cream. This week I'll be giving you the recipe for Amish wedding mashed potatoes. Though I have no idea why, mashed potatoes are an old stand by many Amish communities. Enjoy! Click here for the recipe.
Regina Mast's Gourmet Potatoes: This is a great recipe. Here is a little bit more about this recipe:
Potatoes are the lifeblood of most Amish kitchens. Most Amish gardens have at least one potato patch and with the ability to mash, fry, boil, bake or blend into bread, these starchy tubers are versatile all-stars off the bench. Of course, potatoes are more popular in some Amish settlements than others. Maine, obviously, is "potato central." Still, Amish gardens throughout the midwest and even the south feature potatoes. Check out this recipe from Regina Mast in Ethridge, Tennessee for "Gourmet Potatoes."
Amish Wedding Gravy: This is a recipe you'll want to try on your potatoes, full of flavor. The gravy isn't lumpy and it's full of flavor. Read more a bout this recipe here: This gravy recipe is a favorite of ours. In fact, we use it at almost all of the weddings here in Flat Rock. At our wedding they made 30 batches of it. Don't worry, you don't have to have it with cherry pie, it goes great on mashed potatoes! Click here for the recipe
Amish Scalloped Corn: And, wow, this one is so good. Click here.
🥄 Last-Minute Random Recipes
Last Call! Check out these: Amish Cranberry Salad, How to Marinate a Turkey, Ice Box Rolls, and much more! These recipes are old on the website, so they have not been put into printer-friendly format for the most part, but still well worth a look!
🥧 Last-Minute Amish Dessert
Amish Sugar Cream Pie: Nothing better than this last minute beauty! Here is a bit more about this recipe:
This has been one of the most popular pie recipes in the history of the Amish Cook column. It's a creamy, delicious, and easy pie to make. If you have not tried sugar cream pie, this is a must try!
Every state has their culinary specialties,whether that is lobster in Maine, potatoes in Idaho, or citrus in Florida. For the state of Indiana, it's sugar cream pie. This sweet confection in a crust seems to be something that was born in the hardscrabble, thrifty, sensibility of this Midwestern state. The recipe probably has its roots in the Great Depression when simple sweets were in demand, but money for rich chocolates and expensive desserts was in short supply. The Amish have adopted sugar cream pie as one of their favorites.