The Pennsylvania Dutch, more correctly Pennsylvania German, are a people of various religious affiliations, living mostly in eastern Pennsylvania, with cultural traditions dating back to the German immigrations to America in the 17th and 18th centuries.
A couple of misconceptions about the Pennsylvania Dutch should be mentioned. The use of the term "Dutch", which leads people to believe that the people are from Holland. In reality, the term came from the word "Deutsch", which is the German word for "German". Most think that the Pennsylvania Dutchmen are Amish. However, the Amish community represents only a small portion of the people who settled in eastern Pennsylvania. The majority of the Pennsylvania Dutch are not Amish.
They are primarily farmers and their foods reflect both their German heritage and the hearty foods associated with the physical work involved in farming. Women spent a lot of time preparing 3 hearty meals a day. Preserving, like canning and drying, were necessary to help get through the winter months, and many recipes using preserved foods are still used today.
The foods are very similar to Amish cooking, probably due to their German heritage, and based on the influences of the regions in which they settled.
Baked Spare Ribs with Sauerkraut and Dumplings
Baked Stuffed Potatoes
Bread Stuffing for Poultry
Breaded Veal Cutlet (Weinerschnitzel)
Brisket of Beef with Sauerkraut and Dumplings
Brown Flour Soup (Braune Mehisuppe)
Dutch Pot Pie
Fastnacht Potato Cake
Filled Peppers with Meat
Ham and Apple Dumplings (Schnitz und Knepp)
Hot Horseradish Sauce
Hot Salad Dressing
Little Pigs In Blankets
Meat and Cabbage (Old German Recipe)
Old-Fashioned Potato Soup
Old-Fashioned String Beans and Bacon
Paprika Cream Schnitzel
Pepper Cabbage (Cole Slaw)
Pepper Cabbage 2
Salt Pork, Beans, and Hominy
Sauerbraten (Pot Roast)
Sauerkraut With Pork (Sauerkraut Und Speck)
Also see AMISH RECIPES and MENNONITE RECIPES.