A theme in all of my books is that you don’t have to “go Amish” to incorporate some of their principles into your life. One of the things I’ve admired most is their way of helping others in need. As one Plain fellow told me, “The Amish have my back.”
A common way the Amish/Mennonite communities help those in need is to hold benefit dinners which feature “haystacks.” The ingredients are simple and it’s a recipe that can stretch easily, plus its laid out in serve-yourself style.
Haystack recipes have many variations. The ingredients differ from locale to locale and from season to season. This recipe for Potato Haystack Casserole, found in The Sugarcreek Budget newspaper, will feed a large group…so keep it handy if you’re having a big group over. Or maybe if someone you know has a need.
- 10 potatoes, cooked, peeled and shredded
- 2 packages Ranch Dressing Mix
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 cup milk
- 4 pounds hamburger
- 2 packages taco seasoning
- salt and pepper to taste
- ¼ cup diced onion
- Add sour cream and milk to dressing mix.
- Fry hamburger with onion and add taco seasoning.
- Layer potatoes, then hamburger.
- Then put sour cream sauce on top.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes and before serving, put crushed nacho chips on top.
A friend is like a rainbow, always there for you after a storm.
Suzanne Woods Fisher is the bestselling author of The Revealing, The Calling, the Lancaster County Secrets series, and the Stoney Ridge Seasons series, as well as nonfiction books about the Amish, including Amish Peace. Her latest book, Christmas at Rose Hill Farm released September 2nd. Suzanne is a Carol Award winner for The Search, a Carol Award finalist for The Choice, and a Christy Award finalist for The Waiting. She is the host of the Amish Wisdom blog, as well as a columnist for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazines. She also offers readers a free downloadable app, Amish Wisdom, that delivers a daily Penn Dutch proverb. She lives with her family in the San Francisco Bay Area.
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