Amish Recipes
Click any images below for more infoLydia Mae's Hillbilly Jumble

This meal didn’t have a name, so we had fun throwing suggestions around with our friends. Their home is located on 16-acres in a hilly area of southern Michigan and they often refer to it as Hillbilly Hill, so the "Hillbilly Jumble" just made good sense. This easy, hearty supper can be cooked on the stove, but has a wonderful flavor when grilled. Usually comes out just as yummy when quantities and ingredients are adjusted to fit what you have on hand.


  • 10 medium potatoes
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 cups carrots
  • 1 Tbsp. oregano
  • 6 chicken breasts
  • 1 Tbsp. seasoning salt (like Lowry's)
  • 24 oz. package polish sausage or kielbasa
  • ½ to 1 c. salted butter (depnding on flavor preference)


Cut all ingredients to bite-size pieces. Grill or boil potatoes and carrots until just tender but not too soft. Add butter to metal (we used aluminum) 13 x 9 pan (or extra-large skillet if cooking at stove).  Layer ingredients by adding half the veggies, meat and seasoning; then add the other half and toss all together. Set on grill and toss regularly until chicken is cooked through and veggies are tender (but not falling apart). This dish goes with a sauce or gravy or just by itself!

Amish woman cutting potatoes
Amish woman breaking up chunks of butter.
Amish woman cutting slices of polish sausage.
Amish woman cutting chicken breasts into bite-size pieces.

Chicken, kielbasa and butter mixed in an aluminum casserole pan.

The meats and butter make the first layer of the jumble.

An Amis woman sprinkles herbs over the mixture.
Cooked carrots and potatoes are added to the casserole pan.

Add onions, herbs and seasoning salt, then pour in the cooked carrots and potatoes.

All ingredients in, ready to cook.
The aluminum casserole pan is placed on a BBQ grill.
The completed dish, ready to eat.

Add a final layer of meats and butter, then place on the grill (or stovetop). Toss until chicken is cooked through and veggies are tender. Add your favorite gravy or sauce and serve!

Table setting in an Amish home.

Oil lamps and candles lit our meal, and our meal was served up on simple cafeteria-style trays.

An Amish woman slices bread.
Amish-made cherry pies with happy faces cut into the crusts.
An Amish-made cherry pie, with a happy face wearing sunglasses cut into the crust.

Fresh bread, home-made pies and ice cream rounded out our wonderful meal!

Home-made butter toffee ice cream with a slice of cherry pie and a hot cup of coffee.

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