Yoder family Thanksgiving favorites


By Gloria Yoder



Editor’s Note: Gloria is taking a week off, she will return next week. With Thanksgiving creeping closer, we are including a selection of her favorite Amish Cook Thanksgiving recipes!

Sweet Potato Casserole

3 cups cooked and mashed sweet potatoes

½ cup sugar

½ cup butter

2 eggs, beaten

1 teaspoon vanilla

½ cup milk

Topping: ½ cup butter, ½ cup flour, 1 cup brown sugar, 1/2 cup nuts

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix all of the ingredients, except for topping ingredients, into two quart baking dish. In a small separate bowl mix topping ingredients and sprinkle over sweet potato mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for 25 minutes.

Pumpkin Pie Squares

½ cup butter, softened

½ cup brown sugar

1 cup all-purpose flour

½ cup rolled oats

2 eggs

¾ cup white sugar

1 15 ounce can pumpkin

1 12 ounce can evaporated milk

½ teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon ground cinnamon

½ teaspoon ground ginger

¼ teaspoon ground cloves

¼ teaspoon ground nutmeg

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

For the crust:

In a medium bowl, cream together butter and brown sugar then mix in flour. Now add the oats to make an oatmeal crumble crust to press inside a 9×13 inch baking dish. Bake for 15 minutes.

For the filling:

While the crust is baking, make the pie filling to add to the crust. In a large bowl, beat eggs and mix in white sugar. Beat in pumpkin and evaporated milk. Mix in salt, cinnamon, ginger and cloves.

Pour filling over baked crust. Return to the oven and bake in heated oven for 20 minutes until set. Let cool before cutting into squares.

Traditional Dressing

2 tablespoons chicken soup base

2 cups hot water

4 large eggs, beaten

1/4 cup diced carrots

1/4 cup diced celery

1/4 cup chopped yellow onion

2 cups hot water or used potato water for better flavor

10 slices of bread, crumbled

1 teaspoon seasoning salt

Dissolve the soup base in the two cups of hot water. Add all the remaining ingredients and mix well. Pour into a greased casserole dish and bake 45 minutes at 350 degrees

Broccoli Casserole

3 cups Rice Krispies

1 stick butter

1½ cups fresh lima beans

2 cups of fresh broccoli

1 cup water chestnuts

1 cup sour cream

1 10.5 ounce can cream of mushroom soup

1 package of dry onion soup

Brown Rice Krispies over low heat in butter. Set aside. Place lima beans, broccoli and water chestnuts in dish. Pour sour cream and mushroom soup over ingredients. Cover with dry onion soup mix and browned Rice Krispies. Bake for 45 minutes at 350 degrees.

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By Gloria Yoder

Gloria Yoder is an Amish mom, writer, and homemaker in rural Illinois. The Yoders travel primarily by horse-drawn buggy and live next to the settlement’s one-room school-house. Readers can write to Gloria at 10510 E. 350th Ave., Flat Rock, IL 62427

Gloria Yoder is an Amish mom, writer, and homemaker in rural Illinois. The Yoders travel primarily by horse-drawn buggy and live next to the settlement’s one-room school-house. Readers can write to Gloria at 10510 E. 350th Ave., Flat Rock, IL 62427