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May 28, 2010

Chicken and waffles go Amish

Chicken and waffleSomething on the menu at Baltimore's new Amish farmers' market caused me to do a double-take: chicken and waffles.

Fried chicken and waffles are a classic, if improbable, soul food combo well known to Baltimoreans.

But the Pennsylvania Dutch version is something else entirely, and not just because it's prepared and served by women in white Amish caps.  

This is a stew of shredded chicken, white gravy, peas and carrots ladled over a freshly made waffle. It's more or less chicken pot pie, with the waffle standing in for the crust.

It's on special this week at Marie's Dutch Kitchen, the 90-seat restaurant inside the Patapsco Amish Farmers' Market, which opened two weeks ago at 3321 Annapolis Road, next door to the Patapsco Flea Market.

The chicken and waffle comes with a vegetable, choice of apple crisp or chocolate cake with peanut butter icing, plus ice cream -- all for $7.95.

The chicken-and-waffle special at Marie's Dutch Kitchen. And yes, macaroni salad counts as a vegetable here. Karl Merton Ferron
Posted by Laura Vozzella at 5:26 AM | | Comments (11)



Is the menu online or did you see it when you visited?

I saw the menu when I visited. I don't believe they have a website. You know, that whole Amish thing. But I noticed several of the vendors had cell phones, so maybe a website is not far behind. LV

Anyone else wonder how they can dish out that amount of food for $7.95?

Yeah, it's a lot of food, but it's not very tasty. To be fair I've never had it from the restaurant mentioned, but I have had it in York, and Lancaster Pa. on several occasions. Putting that goop on top of a perfectly good waffle is...ugh! I guess you have to like Pennsylvania Dutch food. I find most of it heavy and tasteless.

Give me the "soul food" version any day.

Tis hard to make a Web site out of wood, English.

Amish? Them cats is real O.G.

As a non-food-related aside regarding "Amish" culture, I'd like to relate an anecdote from my childhood. I grew up on a dairy farm on Maryland's Eastern Shore. In the early sixties, a sizeable migration of "Amish" (I qualify the term, because some would term these folk Mennonite) arrived in the county, reportedly refugees from more strictly observant communities in Pennsylvania. They were generally very good neighbors and good stewards of their farms. We "English," though, were somewhat amused by the seemingly innumerable divisions within the community, largely along very esoteric "lifestyle" lines. (Let me tell you about the "Black-Bumper Amish someday.) Well on to my anecdote: our neighbors across the road were a large "Amish" family. Plain garb, no TV, no radio....but, yes, electricity. My mother still tells the story about Mr Lapp walking across to our place to borrow the phone ... to call the artificial inseminator! I guess a little simple living goes a long way....

In my experience the "Amish" are very adaptable ... and hardly above trading on their exotic facade.

Could you share the hours for this market? I can't seem to find them anywhere. Thanks!

The Amish market is open Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fridays, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Sorry I didn't include that information from the start.

Okay, I just went. For anyone else who is wondering, the hours are Thursday 9-5, Friday 9-7(I think it was 7), and Saturday 8-4. Wonderful market! We brought home some really nice meat, eggs, cheese, milk, butter, yogurt, and bread. They also had a dry goods area and it looks like there will soon be produce too.

Thanks for posting the hours, Laura. Sorry I didn't see it before I repeated that info.!

I found a chicken and wafffles recipe in an old Amish cookbook originally published in the 1940's. Seems like they have been doing this for quite a while!

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