Amish Onion Patties

from ButterYum
makes 6 (3-inch patties)


  • 6 tablespoons all purpose flour
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons granulated sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons cornmeal
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 3/4 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 6 tablespoons milk
  • 1 1/4 cup finely minced onion
  • peanut or canola oil for frying 
  • optional garnish:  sour cream and chopped chives


  1. In a medium bowl, combine flour, sugar, cornmeal, baking powder, salt, and pepper.
  2. Add milk and stir until no lumps remain; stir in onions.
  3. In a 10-inch cast iron or nonstick skillet over medium heat, heat about 1/2-inch of oil until the tip of a wooden spoon bubbles when placed in the oil.
  4. Fry 1/4-cup portions, 3 at a time, for several minutes until brown on first side, then carefully turn over and fry until the second side is brown.
  5. Remove from skillet and drain on paper towel for 1 minute, then transfer to a cooling rack to keep them crispy.  
  6. Repeat steps 4 and 5 with remaining batter; serve immediately.