Free Old Pioneer Recipes - "AUTHENTIC" 1800's Dishes!

Free Old Pioneer Recipes – “AUTHENTIC” 1800’s Dishes!

June 10, 2019 Posted by Jack Taylor - 8 Comments

Free Old Pioneer Recipes!

JohnnycakeToday, I’m going to share 12 Free Old Pioneer Recipes that I got from The Lost Ways Book written by Claude Davis. These are the same exact recipes that early pioneers used on the American frontier. There were no fast food places or truck stops on their journey west. So, they brought their recipes with them and improvised along the way to create some of the tastiest dishes you could ever imagine.

The American pioneer was tough and knew how to live off the land. They had to or they would not survive the unknown frontier that awaited them. Whether pushing into dangerous, hostile and unknown territories or trying to make ends meat during the tough economic times such as the Great Depression for example. Because of this, Americans have traditionally used very minimal ingredients to prepare their meals especially when times were tough.

It was in these times of extreme needs, Americans could fall back on the knowledge they brought with them from their home country or used whatever ingredients that were cheap and plentiful to cook meals that would keep them alive. You would think that 18th and 19th century diets were pretty basic but you’d be completely wrong. I was surprised at some of the mouth watering dishes I found inside The Lost Ways Book.

Who would have thought that our forefathers had such a diverse menu. Some of these early American dishes are still around with us today in one form or another. Today is your lucky day! You are going to want to save this page to your favorites because I’m going to share something special with you. Have you ever wondered what the early pioneers ate? Not only are you about to find out but you’ll be able to taste it as well.

Breakfast In The 18th Century! – A 1747 Recipe!

How would you like to try one of the easiest Pioneer Recipes you can make at home? Check out the video above and learn how to cook a real life 18th Century American breakfast. The BEST part is that you may already have all the ingredients already. This is just the appetizer for what you’re in for today so go ahead and watch the video. This is a simple Colonial breakfast that you can start preparing moments from now so I hope you enjoy the show.

I really hoped you enjoyed the video as much as I did. This particular recipe is from the time of the American British Colonies (1746) and it is still a traditional breakfast inside the United Kingdom today. This delicious breakfast is easy to make and it only takes about 10 minutes. I used smoked applewood bacon but you can use whatever you’d like and it will be just as delicious. My kitchen is not as updated as the gentlemen’s in the video but I managed just fine.

Pioneer Woman Cooking

All kidding aside, we have all kinds of advantages the pioneers didn’t have so making these Old Pioneer Recipes are much easier than you think. These pioneer recipes are really simple and very easy to make plus they don’t require a lot of ingredients. Remember, Early American Pioneers often times used minimal ingredients in their dishes but they did create some classic American recipes.

Below are 12 Pioneer Recipes I got right out of The Lost Ways Book. These are just some of the many more pioneer recipes that are inside the book. Claude Davis is a historian that specializes in Wild West History. He has a passion to preserve our history and meticulously researched each one of these delicious pioneer recipes. You can rest assure that these pioneer recipes are authentic and will taste just as good as they did in the 18th and 19th Centuries. So, let’s get started!

Recipe #1. Hot Water Cornbread

Hot Water Cornbread


  • 4 cups of boiling water
  • 1 cup of yellow cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup of flour
  • 1/2 cup of canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 tablespoon of sugar (optional)

Prep Time: 5 minutes; Cook Time: 10 minutes

Combine all of your dry ingredients in a bowl. Add the boiling water into the mix and stir it until you get the consistency of pancake batter. Use a wooden spoon to do all of the stirring.

The next step is to heat about a 1/4 inch of oil in a cast iron skillet on medium-high heat. Use about a quarter cup of batter per cake. Pour the batter into your cast iron skillet and fry the cake on both sides just like you do when making pancakes. All you have to do now is add some fresh honey and enjoy!

Recipe #2. Buttery Sweet Potatoes

Buttery Sweet Potatoes


  • 6 sweet potatoes
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • 1/2 cup of milk
  • 1/2 cup of cream
  • Salt and pepper
  • A dash of nutmeg

Prep Time: 5 minutes; Cook Time: 15 minutes

The first thing you want to do is to start peeling and dicing your sweet potatoes. Make sure that you cut them all into similar sizes so they’ll cook evenly. Place them into a pot with your milk and cream. Simmer the potatoes for about 10 minutes or until they are softened enough that a fork will pierce them without any resistance. Mash them with the back of a wooden spoon then add your butter and seasonings.

Recipe #3. Scrambled Dinner

Scrambled Dinner


  • 3 large eggs
  • 3 tablespoons of butter
  • 3 slices of white bread ripped into bite-sized pieces
  • 1 can of asparagus

Prep Time: 5 minutes; Cook Time: 5 minutes

Set your stovetop to medium heat. Melt the butter in a large cast iron skillet and allow it to begin to foam a bit. The next you you want to do is add your ripped-up bread to the butter and make sure the bread is coated thoroughly. Allow it a couple of minutes of continuous movement to toast it a bit.

Now you want to crack your eggs in a bowl and add approximately a tablespoon of water. Whip the eggs until they are nice and fluffy then add them to your toasted bread in the skillet. You can push the bread to one side and scramble the eggs on the empty side. Once your eggs have firmed up, add your can of asparagus shoots. Season with salt and pepper and let it melt in your mouth.

Recipe #4. 1875 Cottage Cheese

1875 Cottage Cheese

The first step is to allow your milk to form clabber. Skim off the cream once its clabbered. Set your clabbered milk on very low heat and cut it into 1 niche squares. Place a colander into your clabber and skim off the whey that rises into the colander.

Once your clabber becomes firm it’s time to rinse it with cold water. Make sure you squeeze all the liquid out and then press it into a ball. The next thing you want to do is crumble it into a bowl. Just mix some curds with some thick cream and that’s about all there is too it!

Recipe #5. Blue-Flower Featherbed

Blue Flower Featherbed


  • 1 loaf of crusty bread
  • 1 3/4 cups of Muenster cheese
  • 1 3/4 cups of Ricotta cheese
  • 1 cup of green onions
  • 6 eggs
  • 1 cup of milk

Prep Time: 5 minutes; Cook Time: 50 minutes

Go ahead and butter a 9 niche cast iron skillet. Slice your loaf of crusty bread into 12 slices about a 1/2 niche thick. The next thing you want to do is layer your bread with your Ricotta and Muenster cheeses and your green onions until you have used up all of the bread. Whisk your eggs and milk together with a little salt and pepper.

Now it’s time to put the mixture over the layers. Make sure to cover this and allow it to sit in your refrigerator for about an hour. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Bake for 50 minutes or until the egg mix begins to puff and turn brown.

Recipe #6. Side Pork & Mormon Gravy

Side Pork And Mormon Gravy


  • 8 thick slices of side pork (or thick-cut bacon strips)
  • 4 tablespoons of meat drippings
  • 3 tablespoons of flour
  • 2 cups of milk
  • Salt, pepper and paprika

Cook Time: 5 minutes

You start by frying your bacon on both sides in a cast iron skillet until it is crisp. Add your meat droppings into the pan and remove the bacon. Take the pan off of the burner and add your flour. Stir this until the fat and the flour mix is nice and smooth. This mixture is called a roux and is going to be used to thicken your gravy.

Now what you want to do is put your pan back on the burner and allow the roux to cook for approximately a minute or so. Remove your pan from the burner again and slowly start adding the milk about a half a cup at a time. Once the milk thickens, stir it smooth before adding the next batch. The gravy will continue to thicken until your mix comes to a simmer. Oh it’s so good!

Recipe #7. Lemon Pie Filling

Lemon Pie Filling


  • 1 cup of hot water
  • 1 tablespoon of cornstarch
  • 1 cup of white sugar
  • 1 tablespoon of butter
  • Juice and grated rind of one lemon
  • 1 egg

Prep Time: 10 minutes; Cook Time: 5 minutes

You want to add everything but the egg to your saucepan and bring it to a simmer for a few minutes. Take a ladleful of the mix and mix it with your egg into a separate bowl. This will keep your egg from scrambling. Now add this mix back to the remainder of the filling. Simmer until it thickens. Now you can use your lemon pie filling in pies, turnovers etc.

Recipe #8. Skillet Trout

Skillet Trout


  • 3 trout dressed (head, fins, tail and guts removed)
  • 1/4 cup of cornmeal
  • 1/4 cup of flour
  • 1 teaspoon of salt

Prep Time: 5 minutes; Cook Time: 5 minutes

The first thing you want to do is mix all of your dry ingredients together. Pat dry your trout fillets before dredging them into your mixture of dry ingredients. Once your trout fillets are well coated immediately fry them in hot oil in a cast iron skillet until your fillets are a crispy golden brown. Sprinkle a little lemon and butter on them and enjoy!

Recipe #9. Winter Red Flannel Hash

Winter Red Flannel Hash


  • 1 1/2 cups of chopped corned beef
  • 1 1/2 cups of chopped cooked beets
  • 1 chopped medium sized onion
  • 4 cups of cooked chopped potatoes

Prep Time: 10 minutes; Cook Time: 5 minutes

Use a large bowl to mix all of your chopped ingredients together. Heat up some oil in your cast iron skillet on high. Ad your mix of chopped items into the hot oil and drop the temperature down to low. Allow about 10 minutes or so on low heat without disturbing your mix. This will allow a good crust to form. The next thing to do is turn it out onto a plate and serve it with eggs.

Recipe #10. Mormon Johnnycake

Mormon Johnnycake


  • 2 cups of yellow cornmeal
  • 1/2 cup of flour
  • 1 teaspoon of baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 2 cups of buttermilk

Prep Time: 5 minutes; Cook Time: 20 minutes

Go ahead and preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Combine all of your dry ingredients first before adding the wet stuff and mix the whole batter thoroughly. The next step is to dump the mix into your buttered cast iron skillet and bake for approximately 20 minutes. It’s so good with a little bit of butter and fresh honey.

Recipe #11. Spotted Pup

Spotted Pup


  • 1 pound of cooked rice
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tablespoon of cinnamon
  • 1/4 cup of sugar
  • A handful of raisins

Prep Time: 10 minutes; Cook Time: 15 minutes

Whip together your eggs and milk before you combine all of the ingredients. You want to use a dutch oven and cook the mixture until it becomes creamy and sweetened. This should take no longer than 15 minutes or so on low-medium heat. I bet you can’t wait to try this tasty dessert!

Recipe #12. Pepper & Eggs

Pepper And Eggs


  • 3 large peppers
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil or lard
  • 4 eggs

Prep Time: 15 minutes; Cook Time: 30 minutes

Cut your peppers in half lengthwise before you remove all of the seeds. The next step is to slice the peppers and fry them in a cast iron skillet in oil or lard. Whip up your 4 eggs and add them the the peppers. Season it with pepper and salt and enjoy!

Now You Know How To Cook Just Like A Pioneer!

The Lost Ways Special Edition BookThese 12 Early Pioneer Recipes can be found inside Claude Davis’s best selling book The Lost Ways. There are many, many more pioneer recipes in this book. The pioneer recipes I shared with you are 100% AUTHENTIC and have been thoroughly researched by Claude himself. There’s a whole lot more than pioneer recipes inside this AWESOME book.

The Lost Ways Book will take you on a breath-taking journey back in time when America was young and wild. You will get to see first hand how our forefathers lived their daily lives 150 years ago.This book beautifully documents and preserves our heritage and history like no other book can The Lost Ways Book is a National Treasure and should be in every American household. You will learn survival skills lost to us generations ago. These are the same skills our great-grandparents used to build the GREATEST country the world has ever known.

You can get instant access to this incredible piece of American History by clicking on the link below, I’ll meet you on the next page and go over every chapter inside The Lost Ways Book. You will learn skills like how to build a self feeding fire, how to make pemmican, how to preserve your drinking water, how to identify edible and medicinal plants, how to build a root cellar, how to dig a well just like the pioneers did and so much more. This book not only teaches American History but teaches you how to live it!

The Lost Ways Book is a MUST HAVE book for every American and you can get it here for the BEST price anywhere online. All you have to do is click the button below NOW! Thank you for stopping by today and spending some of your valuable time with us. If you have any questions or comments about these Free Old Pioneer Recipes. Please leave them below now and I’d also love to hear from those of you that try these mouth-watering pioneer recipes.

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