Posted: 05/07/2021 | by Jessica

Lancaster County Recipes

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Pennsylvania Dutch Chicken Pot Pie


  • 1 cup flour, and some extra for rolling the dough
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter, melted
  • Pinch of salt
  • 2 bone-in chicken breasts
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 4 medium yukon potatoes, peeled and largely diced
  • 3 medium carrots, peeled and largely diced
  • 2 stalks of celery, diced
  • 1 medium sweet onion, peeled and quartered
  • Pinch of ground turmeric


  1. Blend egg, milk, and melted butter together
  2. Add the blend to the flour and salt, mix until combined but don’t overmix
  3. Sprinkle extra flour on the dough to avoid stickiness, and roll dough to approx. ⅛” thick. Cut into squares approx. 2” x 2
  4. Lay noodles onto flour dusted wax paper, cover and set aside.
  5. In a large pot add chicken broth, chicken and a pinch of ground turmeric. Bring to a slow simmer and cook for 30-40 minutes until chicken is cooked to 170°F internally. Remove chicken from broth and allow to cool, then remove skin and pull meat apart into large pieces
  6. Add potatoes, carrots, celery and onion to the pot. Cook for 10 minutes uncovered at a low simmer
  7. Bring pot to a boil and slowly add noodles, once they have all been added reduce heat to a low simmer. Cover and cook for 20 minutes until veggies and noodles are tender
  8. Add chicken and continue to cook uncovered on a low simmer for about another 20 minutes
  9. Season with salt and pepper to taste

Source: Bell and Evans Recipe

Chicken Corn Soup


  • 2 3lb chickens, cut into pieces
  • 3 quarts of water
  • 2 onions, minced
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons salt
  • 1 1/4 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 10 ears of corn
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup milk


  1. In a large pot on medium heat, add the chicken, water, onions, celery, salt, nutmeg, and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and let simmer for 2 hours, adding water as needed until chicken is tender. Remove chicken from soup and refrigerate both the soup and the chicken
  2. When the fat solidifies on the surface of the soup, remove from the fridge and remove the fat
  3. Remove corn from the cob. Add to the remaining soup in a pot on medium heat and bring to a boil, reduce heat and simmer until corn is tender (approx 10-15 mins)
  4. While completing step 3, place 2 eggs in a small saucepan and cover with cold water. Bring to a boil and immediately remove from heat. Cover and let sit in hot water for 10-12 minutes. Remove from hot water, cool, peel and chop the eggs
  5. Cut up cooled chicken and add to soup
  6. In a medium bowl, beat the remaining egg until light in color, then beat in flour and milk until smooth. Drop this batter by small spoonfuls into hot broth to make small dumplings. Stir constantly for 2-5 minutes, until dumplings hold shape and float to the surface. Stir in the chopped up eggs

Source: All Recipes

Pennsylvania Dutch Chicken & Waffles


  • Olive oil
  • 1/2 chicken
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 stalk celery
  • 1 medium carrot
  • 1 small onion, peeled
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 cans of chicken broth
  • 3 tablespoons flour
  • 1/4 cup cold water
  • Waffles


  1. Heat oil in a stew pan on high
  2. While cooking, make waffles
  3. Sprinkle salt and pepper on both sides of chicken, add to pan and brown on both sides
  4. Add celery, carrot, onion, bay leaf, and broth
  5. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until the chicken is tender (approx 1 hour)
  6. Remove the chicken from the pot, cool and pull apart meat into small pieces
  7. Skim excess fat from both, remove vegetables
  8. Mix flour and water until smooth
  9. Bring broth to a slow boil, and add flour/water mixture gradually, stirring after each addition. Continue until gravy is desired thickness and taste
  10. Add chicken and keep warm on low heat
  11. Serve with chicken and gravy on top of the waffles

Source: Recipe

Red Beet Eggs


  • 6 hard boiled eggs
  • 1 can small sliced beets
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 1/3 cup cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt


  1. Start with cooled, peeled, hard boiled eggs
  2. Strain liquid from canned beets into a small saucepan and set the beets aside
  3. Combine the vinegars, sugar, and salt with the beet juice in the saucepan. Bring to a boil and simmer for 5 minutes
  4. Put eggs and beets in a jar, pour the vinegar mixture over the eggs and beets
  5. Cover and refrigerate. Best after at least two days in the mixture

Source: Crafty Cooking Mama Recipe

Ham Balls

Ingredients for the Ham Balls

  • 1lb cooked ham, cubed
  • 1lb ground pork
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 cup crushed cornflakes
  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon ground mustard
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Ingredients for the Glaze

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon ground mustard


  1. Preheat oven to 350°F
  2. Pulse ham in batches in a food processor until finely ground
  3. Combine finely ground ham with the ground pork, milk, crushed cornflakes, egg, brown sugar, ground mustard, and salt
  4. Shape the combination into 1” balls
  5. Place the ham balls in a single layer greased baking pan
  6. To make the glaze, add the brown sugar, vinegar, and ground mustard to a small saucepan and cook on medium heat until sugar is dissolved
  7. Spoon the glaze over the ham balls, and bake until they begin to brown (30-35 mins, rotating the pan halfway through)
  8. Serve warm

Source: Taste of Home Recipe

Shoofly Pie


  • 1 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4lb (1 stick) unsalted butter, cold
  • 3/4 cup molasses
  • 3/4 cup boiling water
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 9" single crust pie pastry in a pie plate


  1. Heat oven to 450°F
  2. Mix the flour, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and salt together in a bowl. Cut in the butter and mix to create the crumb topping
  3. Combine together the water, molasses, and baking soda in a bowl and then pour the mixture into the pastry shell in the pie plate
  4. Add the crumb topping on top
  5. Bake for 15 minutes, then lower the heat to 350°F and bake for another 20 minutes, or until set.

Source: NY Times Recipe

Whoopie Pie

Ingredients for Cookie:

  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup shortening
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 cups flour
  • 1 cup baking cocoa
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 teaspoon white vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons baking soda
  • 1 cup hot water

Ingredients for Filling:

  • 2 egg whites, beaten
  • 4 tablespoons milk
  • 2 teaspoons vanilla extract
  • 4 cups powdered sugar
  • 1 cup shortening


  1. Start the cookies by creaming together sugar and shortening, then add 2 eggs
  2. Sift together flour, cocoa, and salt. Add to creamed mixture alternating with milk, then add the vanilla
  3. Dissolve baking soda in hot water, and add to mixture and combine well
  4. Scoop onto baking tray like a cookie, bake at 400°F for 8-10 minutes
  5. While cookies bake, mix together egg whites, vanilla extract, milk, and 2 cups powdered sugar
  6. Beat in the shortening and the remaining powdered sugar
  7. On a cooled cookie, spread filling on the flat side, then top with another cookie

Source: Recipe

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