Mennonite Casserole: all your favourite Mennonite flavours in one amazing dish!

In this Mennonite Casserole you get all the flavours of classic Mennonite foods in one make ahead dish!

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So here’s a fun recipe I came up with one evening when I wanted the flavours of the Mennonite foods I grew up with; veraneki (cottage cheese pirogies), kielke (short doughy noodles), farmer sausage and schmauntfat (cream gravy), but needed a make ahead dish.

It was an instant hit with the family!  I suspect they like it better than the traditional kielke and farmer sausage meal.


I wanted the taste of cottage cheese pirogies but didn’t happen to have any on hand so I deconstructed veraneki by using cottage cheese and kielke to get the same flavour.  And you know, when you have kielke you’ve gotta have some fried onions on top!

Of course farmer sausage is traditional with veraneki so we’ve gotta put that in the dish too.  You can use farmer sausage crumbles or cut the farmer sausage into small chunks, they both work great in this dish.

This Mennonite casserole can be made ahead and stored in the fridge overnight, or frozen for convenience!

Here’s how to make this Mennonite Casserole

Cut the onion in half and slice it thin.

In a large pan fry the farmer sausage crumbles on one half and the onions on the other.  As it cooks occasionally tilt the pan so the grease and drippings from the farmer sausage go into the onions. It gives them a fabulous flavour.  Don’t mix the two together.  Keep them separate as much as possible Cook until the sausage is fully cooked and the onions are golden brown.  Your house will smell soooo good!

While that is cooking bring a large pot of water to a boil.  Boil the kielke noodles for 5 minutes.  Strain.

Place the farmer sausage crumbles in the bottom of a greased 9×13 casserole dish.  Then place half the kielke noodles on top of those, then spread the cottage cheese on top of this and top with the other half of the kielke noodles.

Put the 2 tablespoons of cornstarch into the cream container and give it a good shake.  Pour the cream over kielke noodles.

Top with the fried onions.

Bake uncovered at 350F for 45 minutes.

This dish can be frozen or stored in the fridge overnight.

Mennonite Casserole

In this Mennonite Casserole farmer sausage, kielke and veraneki come together in one make ahead dish! 
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 6
Author Charlene

Ingredients

  • 1 package farmer sausage or 1lb farmer sausage crumbles
  • 6 cups kielke noodles
  • 1 onion
  • 500 ml heavy cream I use whipping cream
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch
  • 500 ml dry cottage cheese
  • salt and pepper

Instructions

  1. Peel then cut the onion in half and slice it thin.

Cook

  1. In a large pan fry the farmer sausage crumbles on one half and the onions on the other.  As it cooks occasionally tilt the pan so the grease and drippings from the farmer sausage go into the onions. It gives them a fabulous flavour.  Don't mix the two together.  Keep them separate as much as possible Cook until the sausage is fully cooked and the onions are golden brown.  

  2. While that is cooking bring a large pot of water to a boil.  Boil the kielke noodles for 5 minutes.  Strain.

Layer

  1. Place the farmer sausage crumbles in the bottom of a greased 9x13 casserole dish. Then place half the kielke noodles on top of those, then spread the cottage cheese on top of this and top with the other half of the kielke noodles.

  2. Put the 2 tablespoons of cornstarch into the cream container and give it a good shake. Pour the cream over kielke noodles.

  3. Top with the fried onions.

    Sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Bake

  1. Bake uncovered, at 350F for 45 minutes.

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