Bridled Noodles are a wonderful, quick and easy side dish that my husband’s family has served at almost every Thanksgiving meal since way before John was born and definitely since I joined the family. Grandma always served this dish. This Pennsylvania Dutch recipe was her specialty.
Although John thought it was an old German recipe from his grandpa’s side of the family. John was her only (and therefore favorite) grandson so she always made a lot of dishes to please him. We have made this comforting casserole so many times I’ve lost count.
His family always used to serve this casserole with turkey gravy over the top. This is my oldest son’s favorite holiday dish though he likes it without gravy–but he’s not much of a gravy lover anyway. I like it served both ways.
We’re not actually sure of the spelling for this recipe. It may have a German spelling and be spelled “Breidled Noodles.” I’ve always spelled it this way. Regardless of the spelling it doesn’t affect the taste of this delicious dish. We’re also not exactly sure of the origin. Some believe this is an Amish dish. Regardless, it is superb in taste and texture.
After I started really trying to watch my diet in 2009, I haven’t made many of my husband’s favorite casseroles, but this year I thought we’d dig out the recipes and show you some of our favorites–even if they are LOADED with calories. They are also LOADED with taste!
John was one happy camper when he heard I was making this dish and his other favorite holiday casserole–Berry Mallow Yam Bake this year. I have not made this dish for quite some time because we’ve gone to my sister’s house in Colorado Springs for several thanksgivings and it’s just too much with all the side dishes they make.
This recipe is super easy and his family always preferred serving this dish instead of mashed potatoes. Basically you use wide dumpling noodles (homemade are great but I usually use store-bought), and a seasoned buttered bread crumb mixture in layers. To serve it, you dish up a large spoonful and smother it in gravy. Healthy? No. Tasty? Yes!
I’m not sure where Grandma found this recipe–whether from a cookbook or given to her by a friend. All I know is that this recipe has been in the family for over 50 years. I hope you enjoy it. It’s different and not the traditionall type of recipe normally served at Thanksgiving or Christmas, but it is really tasty nonetheless. Give it a try sometime. It’s a great side dish with or without the gravy.
This tasty recipe is featured at All Free Casserole Recipes here. Please check it out! Bridled Noodles have been featured as one of the top ten recipes for September 2013 at All Free Casserole Recipes. Find the post here.
When I first posted this recipe in November 2012, it was back when I was still using an iPhone for a camera, so my pictures were not as clear as I would have liked. I’ve been remaking all my first year blog recipes so I can get better, more appealing pictures.
So I made Bridled Noodles this year (November and December 2015) for both Thanksgiving and Christmas dinners, although I only took pictures of the Christmas batch. It has been so long since I’ve eaten any of these scrumptious noodles that I indulged this year–with and without gravy. Oh, my, I could have eaten the whole batch myself. I L-O-V-E these noodles. I hope you give them a try sometime.
Bridled Noodles was always a family favorite dish for my husband when he was growing up.
We serve Bridled Noodles with Turkey Gravy poured over the top. This dish is delicious served either way.
Bridled Noodles are an easy side dish for Thanksgiving Turkey or any main dish meal.
Here’s what I did.
I used these ingredients, plus salt, pepper and parsley.
Boil wide dumpling noodles. I used 2 12-oz. bags of noodles and boiled them about 7 or 8 minutes. Drain the noodles and add a couple of tablespoons of butter. Swirl it around in the noodles until it melts completely.
Place half of the buttered noodles in a greased 8×12″ casserole dish.
Melt a stick of butter. Add Italian bread crumbs, salt and pepper. Stir butter and bread crumbs together. Sprinkle half of the bread crumb mixture over the noodles.
Add the remaining noodles and top with remaining bread crumbs.
Bake casserole at 350, covered with foil, for about 15-20 minutes. Remove foil and bake another minute or two to lightly brown the crumbs. Remove from oven. Garnish with salt, pepper, and fresh parsley, if desired.
Bridled Noodles are an old-fashioned Amish favorite from the Pennsylvania Dutch region of the country.
Here’s a more savory serving of Bridled Noodles with gravy spooned over the top. This recipe was passed down to us from John’s Grandma. They used to serve this dish every time they served turkey.
Here’s the recipe.
(Recipe adapted from Anna Rubner, John’s Grandmother, Largo, FL)
- 2 12-oz. pkgs. wide egg noodles, cooked and drained
- 2 tbsp. butter to coat the noodles after cooking
- 1 stick (1/2 cup) unsalted butter
- 1 Italian bread crumbs
- Salt and pepper, to taste (1/4 to ½ tsp. salt, 1/8 tsp. pepper to start with, more if desired)
- snipped fresh parsley for garnish
- Heat water in large stock pot to boiling.
- Add noodles and cook according to package directions.
- Meanwhile, mix 1 stick butter and Italian bread crumbs.
- Drain noodles and add ½ stick of butter.
- Stir into noodles well until butter is completely dissolved.
- Take care not to tear up the noodles while stirring butter into them.
- Spread about half of the cooked noodles on the bottom of a greased 8×12″ glass casserole dish.
- Sprinkle half of the bread crumb mixture over top.
- Repeat layers ending with bread crumbs on top.
- Bake about 15-20 minutes at 350º covered with foil, or until heated through completely.
- Remove foil and return to oven for about 1-2 minutes or until bread crumbs are lightly browned.
- Sprinkle with additional salt, pepper, and garnish with fresh parsley.
- Serve with or without [url href=”http://cantstayoutofthekitchen.com/2012/11/28/turkey-gravy/” target=”_blank”]Turkey Gravy[/url], as preferred.
My oldest son has always preferred these noodles without gravy. He can make a meal of just these noodles.
This holiday side dish is really quick and easy to make.