Community, Recipes

Pancakes with Onion

Another recipe from Jeeta’s  Hutterite Community Cookbook is for Potato Pancakes, which takes an unexpected twist.  Remember, these recipes are sized for a colony, not a household.

5 pounds grated potatoes                    5 pounds flour
¾ cup grated onions                            ½ tsp pepper
5 eggs slightly beaten                         salad oil for frying

Grate potatoes and onions.  Drain well.  Combine potatoes, onions, eggs, flour, salt and pepper.  In a large skillet, heat oil ⅛ inch deep until hot but not smoking.  For each pancake drop 3 Tbsp of dough at a time into the hot fat.  Flatten with spatula.  Fry for 2 to 3 minutes on each side or until golden brown.  Drain well on paper before serving.

Recipe from The Hutterite Community Cookbook, by Joanita Kant.  Published by Good Books, Intercourse, Pennsylvania.  It’s not out of line to call Jeeta “Doctor” since she did her Ph.D. in the civil engineering department.


Fry Bread

South Dakota’s official state bread is Fry Bread – Probably the best I ever tasted was with wojapi when I visited the Lower Brule Reservation.  I was fortunate to meet, and get to know, Mike Jandreau, who was Tribal President.  His first question was, “What do you know about tribal sovereignty.”  I could answer competently because I had traveled with Joel Clarenbeau as he studied the topic. 

The Lower Brule Reservation was settled under the leadership of Chief Solomon Iron Nation (1815-1894), a man who accomplished a great deal for his people. 

I don’t have the recipe from Lower Brule – but this recipe comes from St. Joseph’s, just a little to the south in Chamberlain.  I’ve visited them, and think highly of the school – they do a good job – more information on the school is available at  If you want the recipe for wojapi, it’s on the website.

Lakota Fry Bread
¼ cup sugar
3 teaspoons baking powder
2 cups flour
1 teaspoon salt
1 cup water (or just enough to make a soft dough)
Oil for frying

Mix all the dry ingredients together. Add water, mixing carefully. Divide the dough into four pieces and pat each into a round, flat shape. Add 1-2 inches of oil to a large skillet and heat to 350. Fry each round until crisp and brown on both sides.  

Muffins Delish

Wondering what to do with all those beautiful huckleberries in the freezer? This is a super easy family recipe, great for breakfast or an afternoon snack. Any type of fruit or none at all works in these ‘melt in your mouth’ muffins.

Muffins Delish

  • 1/4 c. oil
  • 1/2 c. sugar (I add a little more for sweeter muffins)
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 c. milk
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp baking powder
  • 1 1/2 c flour

Mix all ingredients together and stir until just blended. Then add 1/2c. to 3/4 c. berries. Spoon into buttered muffin tins (because butter is so much better than oil!). Bake at 400 for 15-18 minutes. Makes 12 muffins. Enjoy!