Amish Wedding Foods
The Amish in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania have a traditional wedding meal that gets served at every wedding. Amish in other areas do not necessarily have the same traditions. But if you attend an Amish wedding in Lancaster, you will be served basically the same Amish wedding food each time for lunch.
Traditionally they serve Amish Roast (roasht), mashed potatoes, gravy, creamed celery, and peas, along with buns, salads, and desserts. An Amish wedding meal is amazing and so delicious!
Amish Wedding Chicken recipe
Amish Roast is simply chicken or turkey meat that has been roasted, removed from the bones, and cut into small pieces. It is then added to a big bowl of stuffing. So you have the chicken/turkey and stuffing served together instead of separate, as most of us do for Thanksgiving. (It helps to stretch the meat so the meal is not as expensive.)
My mom used to stuff her turkey with some of the dressing before she roasted it. When the turkey was finished, she removed the stuffing and the meat, and added more stuffing to make a big roaster full of Amish roast.
They typically prepare the chicken/turkey roast the day before the wedding. And then it just gets reheated before serving.
Amish Food Lancaster, PA
The Amish in the Lancaster area have some food that is unique to them. We never ate the traditional American turkey and stuffing meal for Thanksgiving. We always ate Amish turkey roast at Thanksgiving and Christmas, as well as numerous times throughout the year.
But my brother got married to an Amish girl from Holmes County, Ohio. And she never had Amish Roast until she came to our house. So this Amish turkey stuffing recipe is unique to the Pennsylvania Amish.
I grew up New Order Amish and we did not have a traditional meal that got served at every wedding. But most of my cousins are with the Old Order Amish, so every time we went to one of their weddings, we always got served the same Amish wedding food.
I wrote a post about the Amish wedding customs and traditions (you can read that here).
Amish turkey recipe
You can use chicken or turkey to make this Amish stuffing. My mom always used turkey for her roasht, but she was usually feeding a crowd of people and needed more meat. The recipe I am sharing with you today asks for a whole chicken, but this is a small recipe to feed your family.
Roast a whole chicken until done. Click on this link if you need instructions on how to roast a chicken. Or you can use any cooked turkey or chicken meat. You will need about six cups of cooked meat.
When the chicken is finished roasting, set it aside to cool a bit, then remove the meat from the bones. If you will not be eating your chicken roast right away, go ahead and chill the meat before adding it to the stuffing. Then cut it into small bite-sized pieces.
How to make the stuffing
Cut a whole loaf of bread into small bite-sized cubes. Spread your cubes onto a large baking sheet and toast them in the oven at 350 degrees for about 20 minutes.
Meanwhile, prepare the onion and celery by cutting them into very fine pieces or pulse them in a blender/chopper. I use my Ninja chopper. Add the egg, milk, salt, pepper, and parsley to the celery and onion. Pulse it all together to mix.
Brown the salted butter by cooking it until it appears caramel in color and smells nutty.
Pour the celery and onion mixture over the toasted bread cubes. Pour the brown butter over the top and mix.
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Amish stuffing recipe – Amish wedding food
To make the Amish stuffing (Roasht), mix the stuffing and the cut up pieces of chicken. Place it in a greased roast pan or any baking dish. Cover and bake it for 1 1/2 hrs. or until heated through, at 250 degrees. Stir occasionally. And if it seems too dry, add a bit of hot water or chicken broth. You don’t want it too wet.
Save the broth from the chicken to make gravy. And serve the roast with gravy, mashed potatoes, and creamed celery. This is one of the best Amish meals, in my opinion. It’s amazing!
Make a complete Amish wedding meal with more of my recipes…
Amish Wedding Chicken Roast
- 1 6 – 8 lb. chicken about 6 cups of cooked chicken or turkey cut into small pieces
- 1 loaf bread about 1 gal. of cubes
- 2 c. celery, chopped fine
- 1 small onion, chopped only about 1/4 c.
- 2 eggs
- 1/2 c. milk
- 2 sticks browned butter 1/2 lb.
- 2 1/2 tsp. salt
- 1/2 tsp. black pepper
- 1 tsp. parsley flakes
- Roast the chicken and remove the meat from the bones. Cut chicken into small bite-sized pieces. Set aside.
- Cut a loaf of bread into small cubes. Place the cubes onto a large baking tray and toast them for about 20 – 25 min at 350°.
- Finely chop the celery and onion (either with a knife or in a chopper). Add, eggs, milk, and seasonings. Mix.
- Melt butter and continue cooking until lightly browned.
- Pour toasted bread cubes into a large bowl, pour the celery and onion mixture and brown butter over the top. Mix. Add the chicken and mix well.
- Place in a well-greased roast pan and cover.
- Bake at 250° for 1 1/2 – 2 hours. Stir occasionally. If it seems too dry, add a little bit of hot water or chicken broth.