Explore Pennsylvania Dutch Cuisine with Modern Takes on Scrapple, Shoofly Pie and Fasnachts

Nevin Martell

The phrase “Pennsylvania Dutch” might lead you to believe the settlers of Lancaster County in the Keystone State have roots in the Netherlands. Actually, the original immigrants of this agricultural community came from Germany in the late 18th century and early 19th century; “Dutch” is a shortening of the word Deutsch. The Eastern European-rooted cuisine they brought with them was designed to be filling and pragmatically executed, so nothing went to waste. As a result, the Pennsylvania Dutch...