Tuesday, September 30, 2008


I was craving for good old Pennsylvania Dutch cooking tonight so this is what we had for Supper.
Wilted Lettuce Salad
Chicken Potpie
Poor mans Cinnamon rolls
Chicken Potpie, is a PA Dutch favorite called "Bott Boi". Sometimes I use packaged potpie noodles, but it is way better when you make your own. Tonight I used an Amish brand I buy at Biggs they are really good. 'Potpie'' in many regions is often a meat and vegetable dish covered with a pastry dough and baked in the oven. And then there is Chicken and Dumplings which is the same as 'Chicken Potpie' and 'Chicken and Pastry' except that dumplings are substituted for the pastry dough. Whatever you call it, it is superb! The Wilted lettuce is another favorite it is a sweet and sour dressing on lettuce. Most people use head lettuce but head lettuce in this house is a no no:) I used Boston or Bib. The cinnamon rolls were always a treat when my grandmother got done making her pies and she used the leftover dough to make these delicious cheap treats. This is another great meal for the fall hope you all enjoy!

Hot bacon dressing for Salad
1 egg, well beaten
1/3 cup sugar
1/4 cup cider vinegar
3/4 cup water
1/2 teaspoon salt
4 strips bacon, cut into 1 to 2-inch pieces
1 tablespoon flour
Beat the sugar into the egg. Add the vinegar, water and salt; beat well. Meanwhile, brown the bacon in small saucepan. Stir in the flour and stir until smooth. Add the liquid to the bacon mixture and cook over medium heat until thickened, stirring constantly. (Can be prepared ahead and reheated, stirring constantly to keep from sticking to saucepan. If it gets too thick, add a little water.) Pour hot dressing over coarsely chopped greens and mix thoroughly. Serve immediately.

Chicken Pot Pie
4 quarts water
One 3 to 3-1/2 pound chicken (I use boneless chicken breasts)
1/2 cup chopped celery
1/2 cup chopped onion
3/4 cup sliced carrots
Salt and pepper to taste
1 cup cubed potatoes
Potpie dough (see below)
1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley (I used dried)
3 tablespoons flour blended with 3 tablespoons cup cold water (optional, for thickening)
Cook chicken in simmering water until tender . Drain. When cool enough to handle, remove chicken from bones, discard skin, and pull apart or cut into bite-size pieces. Strain the broth and skim off most of fat. Taste broth for seasoning and add additional salt and pepper if needed. ( I use a good chicken base and add it to the broth)
Bring chicken broth to a boil in a 4-quart pot. Add the reserved chicken. Gradually layer the potpie dough squares into the boiling liquid, one-by-one, alternating potato cubes,carrot,onion,celery gently pushing down each layer until covered with the broth. Reduce heat and cover pot. Simmer, stirring gently on occasion to prevent dough from clumping together, until dough is thoroughly cooked, about 20 minutes. Stir in parsley, cover and simmer an additional 5 minutes. (If desired, add flour and water paste to thicken broth at this time ( I like mine thicken). Serve immediately.

Pot Pie Dough
2-1/2 cups unsifted all purpose flour
1/2 teaspoon salt
3 large eggs
1 tablespoon cold water
roll out thin and cut in small squares
I let mine set for 20 min to get a firm

Poor Mans Cinnamon Rolls
Leftover Pie dough (I used store bought)

Brown Sugar
roll out the dough
spread with soft butter
sprinkle with as much brown sugar as you would like
Sprinkle with Cinnamon
Roll up like a jelly roll
bake at 350 for 10-15 minutes


Rob and Deanna said...

Sounds Delicious!! to this PA Dutch girl. Might have to put this on the menu this week. ;-) (Unless you want to just give me your leftovers so I don't have to go to all the work.) LOL Just Kidding!

Michele said...

If I wasn't so sick I would come down and fight Dad for the leftovers!

~Heather~ said...

I like your new blog!! It will be fun to share recipes. That bacon dressing is HEAVENLY...if it's the same recipe you gave to me some time ago. My Moma loves it too!

Michelle said...

Some time I will get back to cooking more and now I have a great place to get good down home recipes.

Dorcas said...

Everything looks so good!! I am from Lancaster County and there's nothing like good Chicken Pot Pie!!

Denise said...

The Poor Man's Cinnamon rolls are a favorite at our house - only we didn't know they had a name. Lorna always looks forwards to me making pies as they are one of her favorites. Thanks for taking the time to do such a neat blog!

Gayle said...

Thanks Denise for the nice comments! They did not have a name that I know of so I just named them. It seems that in PA if you are making something that is similar to a food that may be more expensive to make they add the poor in front of it:) Like Poor mans Lobster. Which is steamed haddock and melted butter.