Amish Wash Day Dinner

Amish Wash Day Dinner


As you might imagine, a traditional Amish Wash Day is filled with activity – and not much goes on in the kitchen. This is a delicious, slow-baking dinner that frees you up to work on other projects.


  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 large onion, peeled and sliced
  • 2 tbsps flour
  • 1 can tomato juice (store-bought or home-canned)
  • sliced sausage (country-style or italian)
  • boiling water
  • salt and peper, to taste


  1. Using a roasting pan or dutch oven, melt butter in the pan and line the bottom with a layer of onion.
  2. Place potatoes on top of onion.
  3. Sift flour over potatoes.
  4. Pour tomato juice over all and cover with sliced sausage.
  5. Add boiling water to cover and salt and pepper to taste.
  6. Bake slowly at 300 degrees for 3 hours. Turn meat if it gets too brown.
  7. Adapted from