While researching this picnic scene for The Amish Clockmaker, I ran across an Amish/PA Dutch dish I’d never heard of before, something called boova shenkel, which translates to “boy’s legs.” Eager to try it out, I studied various recipes and then sort of combined them into my own version, one simpler than most thanks to the pre-made pie crust. Boiled then fried, made with or without meat, boova shenkel is a perogie-like concoction that when cooked can resemble the chubby legs of a child (though mine never do!)
- 1 box Pillsbury pie crust
- 1 tsp salt
- 6 cups water
- 4 potatoes, peeled and sliced
- ¼ c milk
- 1 Tbs plus 3 Tbs butter
- Remove box of pie crust from fridge so dough can warm before using. Meanwhile, in a large pot, bring salt and water to a boil; add potatoes and cook until done. Using a strainer or slotted spoon, scoop out and transfer cooked potatoes to a large bowl. Add 1 tablespoon butter and milk then whisk or beat until mashed. (Add salt and pepper to taste, if desired.)
- Roll out both pie crusts and cut each one in half vertically then horizontally, for a total of eight triangular-shaped pieces.
- Spoon mashed potatoes onto each crust then fold over to create a crescent shape; crimp edges with a fork.
- Return water to a slow boil; add pastries and cook for 20 minutes.
- Drain the boiled pastries then fry in 3 tablespoons butter until browned.
- Serve on a platter, adding gravy or sour cream if desired.
They sat across from each other at the picnic table, and Clayton watched as Miriam unloaded the food she’d brought, a delicious spread of red beet eggs, boova shenkel perogies still hot from the stove, sliced apples, and crackle top cookies.
“This is great,” he said after swallowing a bite of the fried potato-and-meat pie.
“It really is,” she replied, and when he looked up at her, he realized she wasn’t talking about the food. She was gazing at their surroundings—the beautiful old oak tree, the grassy slope of the lawn, the cloudless blue sky.
Mindy Starns Clark is the bestselling author of the inspirational Million Dollar Mysteries, the Smart Chick Mysteries, and three standalone mysteries, as well as the nonfiction books The House That Cleans Itself and A Pocket Guide to Amish Life. Her latest book is The Amish Clockmaker, written with Susan Meissner. It is the second installment in The Men of Lancaster County series.
Mindy is also the author of numerous plays and musicals which have been performed all over the United States. She has written textbooks, articles, short stories, and more than 75 computer software manuals.
A former singer and stand-up comedian, Mindy lives with her husband and two teenage daughters near Valley Forge, PA. She enjoys speaking to churches, civic groups, and libraries across the country. Her unique blend of humor and insight make her an audience favorite.
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