By Kevin Williams
This recipe shows up in almost every Amish cookbook so I was excited to have recipe tester Karen give it a shot.This recipe shows up in almost every Amish cookbook so I was excited to have recipe tester Karen give it a shot.
“Dairy Casserole” is a recipe that I’ve run into repeatedly in Amish communities. It’s a very simple, hearty casserole….The milk and the cream cheese are the “dairy”components,so I guess that is why the casserole is named so. But in terms of preparation and ingredients you can’t get any simpler.
The recipe comes to us from Mary Yoder from an Amish settlement in Oklahoma. Mary uses a homemade wide egg noodle in this recipe, but you can use bought spaghetti or macaroni. Also, she says you can add a dash of onion salt to this for additional flavor.
The additional of canned soup is a fairly common component of cooking in some Amish communities. So Amish cooks would make their own homemade cream of chicken soup to add to this, but plenty of other very good Amish cooks would just go their local bent and dent store and stock up on some Campbell’s soup.
Karen’s comments about the dish: ” This is a good and very simple dish; it’s very easy to make. It’s a creamy dish, with cream cheese, cream of chicken soup, and milk holding everything together. The overall flavor is a little bland. The next time I make this recipe (and I will make it again), I’ll add some chopped onion to cook with the burger for some extra zip.”
Note: The recipe doesn’t call for covering the casserole while it’s baking, but I would definitely recommend it. I ended up covering the dish halfway through baking because I could see it was browning too much and starting to dry out.
This is an old recipe that reflects a “blander” taste that was more common in Amish cooking generations ago. But, I agree with Karen, you can add a bit more spice for a bit more zip. I’d probably do the same. Enjoy!
- 8 ounces of cooked noodles
- 2 pounds hamburger, browned
- 2 cups corn,thawed
- 8 ounces cream cheese
- 1 cup milk
- salt and pepper
- 1 can cream of chicken soup
- Combine all ingredients and bake for 1 hour at 350 or until good and hot.