Does your family have that one signature recipe that has been passed on from generation to generation? Most likely, these dishes are what you consider “grandma recipes,” and it gives that warmth in your heart and your tummy just thinking of it. Here are five delicious grandma cooking recipes that we’re all familiar with and surely enjoy.
Fave Grandma Recipes: Amish Scrapple Recipe
Most of us have probably never made Amish scrapple — but once you’ve had it, you’ll want it again and again.
In essence, the meal is a kind of combination of sausage and biscuits and gravy, though it’s still completely its own thing. Best of all? It couldn’t be easier to make. This recipe comes from Mr. Food —here’s how you do it:
- 1/2 pound of ground pork breakfast sausage
- 1 3/4 cups of chicken broth
- 1 3/4 cups of milk
- 1 cup of cornmeal
- 1 teaspoon of ground poultry seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon of salt
- 1/4 teaspoon of black pepper
- 3 tablespoons of butter
- Spray down a small loaf pan with cooking spray.
- Get out a skillet and cook your sausage over medium-high heat, stirring throughout. Cook for five to seven minutes and drain the excess fat.
- Add your broth and milk, and bring everything up to a boil.
- Stir in the rest of your ingredients as well, except for the butter, and cook everything until it thickens.
- Turn the heat down low, cover it and cook everything for 10 more minutes. Stir occasionally throughout.
- When it’s done, pour the sausage mix into a loaf pan and let it cool.
- Refrigerate it for two hours.
- After that, turn it out onto a cutting board and cut it into one-inch pieces.
- Finally, melt your butter in the skillet and fry the slices for eight to 10 minutes per side.
- As a bonus step, keep the fat drippings, add flour and milk and make a gravy to serve with the slices!
Old Fashioned Salisbury Steak Recipe
Generally, when we eat Salisbury steak, it’s out of a frozen or pre-made package of some kind. Still, it’s a recipe that dates way to the early 1900s that still tastes incredible—and you can make it yourself pretty easily.
Even though it tastes incredible when it’s all combined, it comes out of very simple ingredients. Here’s how you make it:
- 1 can of condensed cream of mushroom soup
- 1 pound of ground beef
- 1/3 cup of dry bread crumbs
- 1/2 cup of chopped onions
- 1 beaten egg
- 2 teaspoons of chopped parsley
- 1 teaspoon of garlic powder
- 1/2 teaspoon of black pepper
- 1/4 cup of milk
- 1 1/2 cups of mushrooms, sliced
- Begin by mixing a quarter cup of your soup with your ground beef, bread crumb, onion, egg, fresh parsley, garlic powder, and pepper in a large bowl.
- When it’s well-mixed, press the mixture into small patties.
- Spray down a skillet and bring it up to medium-high heat, cooking the patties until they brown on each side.
- Take them out of the skillet and drain the extra fat.
- Next, mix the rest of your soup, milk, and mushrooms in the same skillet.
- Add the patties back in as well, turn the heat down, cover it and cook everything for 20 minutes. Turn the patties over occasionally to make sure they’re cooked through.
- When they’re all done, add parsley and serve.
Old Fashioned Biscuits Recipe
If you go out to eat, fresh biscuits or bread are more likely than not going to be a highlight of the menu. Still, we don’t often make them for ourselves at home, even though they’re so simple to throw together.
Although fresh biscuits are good no matter what, this old-fashioned version is just like something grandma might make.
No matter the occasion, this recipe will surely be one of your new favorites. Here’s how you make them:
- 2 cups of flour
- 3 teaspoons of baking powder
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- 1/3 cup of shortening
- 2/3 cup of milk
- 1 egg, beaten
- Preheat your oven to 450 degrees.
- Whisk together your flour, baking powder, and salt in a large bowl.
- Cut in the shortening until the mixture turns the texture of coarse crumbs.
- Add your milk and stir until everything is just moistened.
- When it’s ready, turn the dough onto a floured surface and knead it eight to 10 times. Pat it down into a 10×4-inch rectangle.
- Cut the rectangle in half and crossways to make 10 squares.
- Put your squares one inch apart on a baking sheet, brushing the top of each one with butter.
- Bake everything for eight to 10 minutes until they turn golden brown, and serve.
Hot Milk Cake Recipe
Due to the economic restrictions of the Great Depression era, home cooks had to get creative to make the ingredients they had stretched.
One of the more deliciously inventive recipes from that time is this hot milk cake. Despite its simplicity, it has remained popular in some parts of the country due to its simplicity and great flavor.
Here’s how you make it:
- 1/2 cup of butter
- 1 cup of milk
- 2 teaspoons of vanilla extract
- 4 eggs
- 2 cups of sugar
- 2 cups of flour
- 2 teaspoons of baking powder
- 1 teaspoon of salt
- powdered sugar
- Preheat your oven to 325 degrees and adjust your oven so that there’s a rack in the middle position. Grease up a Bundt cake pan as well.
- Melt your butter in a saucepan over low heat. Stir in milk and vanilla until small bubbles form around the edge of the pan.
- In an electric mixer with a whisk attached, combine your eggs and sugar on medium-high for five minutes.
- In a side bowl, sift together your flour, baking powder, and salt.
- When the eggs and sugar have tripled in volume, gradually add your hot milk mix, mixing on low.
- Add your dry ingredients as well in two parts, mixing after each pour.
- Pour the resulting batter into the Bundt pan and bake it for an hour, checking five minutes before the time is up. Be sure not to overcook!
- Let the cake cool in the pan for 10 minutes before turning it out to cool all the way. Dust with powdered sugar and serve.
Twice Baked Mashed Potato Casserole Recipe
Few things are as hearty and delicious as a well-made potato dish — and this one is no exception.
Though potatoes are easy to make in many different forms, the additional step of cooking twice in this recipe makes all the difference.
As always, it’s cheap and easy and ends up tasting incredible. Here’s how you make it:
- 8 potatoes, washed and dried
- 2 tablespoons of olive oil
- 1 tablespoon of salt
- 3/4 pound of bacon, cooked and crumbled
- 2 cups of shredded cheddar
- 3/4 cup of mayonnaise
- 3/4 cup of sour cream
- 5-6 green onions, sliced
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
- Rub your potatoes with olive oil and salt before putting them on a baking sheet.
- Bake them for 45 to 60 minutes, flipping them halfway through. They’re ready when they’re soft after being poked with a fork.
- Cool them for 15 minutes before turning your oven down to 350.
- Cut your potatoes into small chunks and put them in a bowl.
- Stir in your mayonnaise and sour cream.
- Set aside a third cup of cheese, three tablespoons of the bacon, and two tablespoons of sliced green onions. Once that’s done, stir the rest of your ingredients together.
- Spoon everything into a greased baking dish and top it off with the ingredients you set aside.
- Cover the dish with foil and bake it for 30 minutes, taking the foil off for the last 10 minutes.
- Top it with green onions when it’s done, and serve.
Are any of these your grandma’s secret recipe? If not, give them a try, and you might want to add some old-fashioned hearty dishes to your list of grandma recipes.