Creamed celery is a delicious side dish of cooked celery in a sweetened and thickened creamy sauce. This Amish creamed celery recipe is traditionally served at many Amish weddings.
I don’t know if all of the Amish in other states serve this Amish creamed celery dish at their weddings or not? But I grew up in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. In that area, all of the Old Order Amish serve creamed celery as part of their wedding dinner.
The New Order Amish do not have a traditional wedding meal; so I think this is mainly an Old Order Amish tradition.
Amish Wedding Celery Recipe – Amish Wedding Foods
I honestly do not know how the tradition of serving creamed celery Amish recipe got started. But the Amish do have some unique traditions. (Click on this link for my post about Amish wedding traditions.) And they tend to stick to their traditions whether the tradition makes sense or not. They don’t like too much change.
So if you attend a Lancaster County Amish wedding, you can expect to be served turkey or chicken roast (stuffing and meat mixed), mashed potatoes, and creamed celery (along with numerous other dishes and desserts) for lunch.
Amish Creamed Celery
In preparation for her daughter’s wedding in the fall, an Amish mother will plant several extra rows of celery stalks. So the week of the wedding, there is plenty of celery that needs to be washed and cut. They need lots of celery to make this creamed celery recipe, but they also need some for the chicken roast and they put some on the tables for fresh eating as well.
To make the creamed celery, chop the celery into bite-sized pieces. Place in a large cooking pot along with water, salt, vinegar, sugar, and butter. Bring to a boil, cover, and cook over medium-low heat until soft. This will take 30 – 40 minutes.
Mix flour and brown sugar, and add the evaporated milk. Once your celery is soft, stir in the milk mixture. Continue stirring and cooking until it just comes to a boil. Remove from the heat and cool for a few minutes. Enjoy your Amish wedding creamed celery.
A unique Amish recipe
I hope you enjoy your creamed celery. I love it! But I know that sometimes when you grow up with certain foods you learn to enjoy them. And then others will try that recipe and think it’s disgusting (this is the case with my kids). But you should at least try it, it’s a great celery recipe!
I enjoy eating Amish creamed celery plain or with a meal. It is especially good served with their traditional wedding food of mashed potatoes and turkey roast (roasht).
The creamed celery recipe that I am sharing only makes a small batch. If you love creamed celery go ahead and double the batch. It will keep up to a week in the refrigerator. Of course, the Amish would need to make many batches to feed two to three hundred people. And they often have smaller quantity recipes to feed their family and share large quantity recipes for weddings.
Memories of Home
Honestly, I have not eaten creamed celery in years, until recently when I decided to cook some once again. And as I was cooking my celery, the smell brought back memories of my mom cooking in her kitchen. Celery has a delicious smell when it’s cooking. I loved sniffing it :).
And I am privileged to have an Amish cousin (who is a great cook) that was willing to share her Amish creamed celery recipe with me. Let me know if you try this recipe, and if you like it.
Amish Creamed Celery Recipe
- 1 stalk cut celery about 1 quart
- 1/2 tsp. salt
- 3/4 c. water
- 1/4 c. sugar
- 1 1/2 tsp. white vinegar
- 1 Tbs. butter
- 3/4 c. evaporated milk
- 1 Tbs. brown sugar
- 1 Tbs. all-purpose flour
- Cut celery into bite-sized pieces. Combine the first six ingredients in a medium-sized cooking pot. Bring to boil.
- Cover and cook celery over medium-low heat until soft. It takes about 30-40 minutes.
- Mix brown sugar and flour, add evaporated milk and mix well. Pour this into the cooked celery mixture.
- Continue cooking and stirring until it just comes to a boil. Remove from the heat.