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Fried Ham and Onion Gravy with Keelke (Homemade Noodles)

This is an old Mennonite recipe from the cookbook Off the Mountain Lake Range. It's one I remember Grandma making when we were young.


Fried Ham:


  1. Fry ham until nicely browned.
  2. Remove ham from pan and add the sliced onions to the ham drippings.
  3. When the onions are slightly browned, add sour cream. Let come to a boil and pour over hot noodles.


  1. Break eggs into a bowl and beat well.
  2. Add the salt, milk and flour.
  3. Roll the dough 1/4 inch thick and cut into 1 1/2 inch strips.
  4. Dust dough with flour and lay 3 or 4 strips on top of each other. Cut dough with a sharp knife into strips 1/3 inch wide to make noodles.
  5. Drop noodles into boiling water and cook 8 minutes. Pour into a colander and rinse with warm water.
Serves 8.

Low German Maxims, taken from Off the Mountain Lake Range

Brot schleit de Hunga doat.
Bread kills hunger.

Wea dout kylani nich aet, es dout grota nich vaet.
One who doesn't appreciate the little isn't worth the big.

It schmakt, oba it kost uck.
It tastes good but it also costs.

Wae et nich enni kup haft, mut it enna bane haba bane haba.
One who doesn't use his head must use his legs.