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Potato Filling Recipe

I was talking with some girl friends the other day, and they had no idea what Potato Filling was!  How can you have Thanksgiving without Potato Filling?

I realized that most of the country is missing out on this magically delicious side dish. It is a mixture of mashed potatoes and stuffing, baked to crispy perfection. If you grew up in the PA Dutch area (like me), you know this is a holiday staple.

Here is what you will need to make this:

There are two key ingredients missing from the photo: celery and chicken broth.  I realized this after the photo was taken.


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  • KyleneW

    yum! Made my MIL recipe on Thursday & froze it.

  • Bernadette

    Can I make this the day before and re-heat it? Any idea how long it would take to reheat?
    Sounds relish!

    • http://forthemommas.com Shannon

      I am not a huge fan of reheating it – it gets a bit mushy!

  • Anonymous

    my daughter made this for us the first time for Cristmas just after we movrd here from Ontario, Canada to the east coast. I have made it twice since. Very good.

  • Jeanie

    I also never heard of this until I married into a PA Dutch family. Now it is a must and my daughter’s boyfriends family now must make it as he complained every year till they tried it.

  • Jenna Schmitz via Facebook

    I am so sad I can’t find Copes Corn in MD. I used to be able too. :(

    • Anonymous

      You can order Copes corn online:)

  • Amy

    Totally going to try this, my friend! It looks delish. Thank you for sharing, and teaching this southern girls some new tricks ;)

  • http://www.facebook.com/janey.clark1 Janey Clark via Facebook

    Yum!! Thank you for sharing! I am going to make this!

  • Stacy

    My pa dutch grandmother’s version doesn’t have the bread in it. It’s not a holiday unless we have potato filling, Copes corn and shoo fly pie :)!

  • Heather

    Awww my grandma used to make this. The recipe passed with her, I wonder if this is it!

  • Lisa

    OMG! My grandmother used to make this and taught my mom how to make it. It is my favorite part of Thanksgiving dinner! You ladies don’t know what you’ve been missing.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mandy-Jones/100002311241440 Mandy Jones via Facebook

    Never heard of it

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cari-Jo-Howell/100000554561050 Cari Jo Howell via Facebook

    How’s that for Dutch!

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Cari-Jo-Howell/100000554561050 Cari Jo Howell via Facebook

    I was raised eating PA Dutch food….but I’ve never had potato filling! Love me some warm bacon dressing (with dandelions!) and filled noodles for Christmas! Hoe

  • Lori Yoder Heydt via Facebook

    Bacon Dressing!!!

  • Jennifer Rafus-King via Facebook

    never heard of it but it sounds and looks amazing!!

    • Anonymous

      Made this tonight every one loved it thank you

  • Bonnie Nichols via Facebook

    I’d also love to see more PA Dutch recepies. We go to this one dinner that serves PA Dutch food and it’s so good. I’d love to be able to make it myself.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Laura-Kennedy/50701071 Laura Kennedy via Facebook

    In holiday tradition, I will be going to my grandmother’s house to help her make a giant batch of potato filling on Wednesday (no recipe required). Half will be used for Thanksgiving, the other half will be frozen for Christmas. All our holidays are heavy on the PA Dutch food, as 3/4 of my ancestry is German. It just isn’t a holiday without potato filling or lettuce with hot bacon dressing! :0)

    • Elin

      Usually my mother-in-law makes this which we all loves. However, we have had trouble with the timing on defrosting it or reheating it. This year it is being made on Monday before Christmas. Do you think it should be frozen and defrosted in such a short time. Or cooked and kept refrigerated and reheated?

  • http://www.facebook.com/FortheMommas For the Mommas via Facebook

    Oh yes Anne … Cope Corns

    • Brenda

      Okay I give up, what is Cope Corns?
      I Googled it and got a bunch of medical links for dealing with calluses and corns. I am assuming this is not what you’re referring to!

      • John

        John Cope’s fancy evaporated Golden Sweet Corn is available as a “dried” product where you add milk to cream it up, or as my family prefers, in a can ready to heat and serve, if you are not in the PA region, i have seen it available online on various sites

        • Brenda

          Thanks John! Haven’t heard about it up in the Pacific Northwest, but might be curious enough to see if I can find it. I love corn and always enjoy new ways of serving it!

  • Jennifer Luchetta Anthony via Facebook

    I never knew what it was until I met my husbands family. They are from Berks county so this was a norm, but I had no clue.

  • Rosemary

    All my grandmother made was PA dutch recipes when I was growing up but this is a new one for me. One of the big ones she made is Potato Pie. Layers of thinly sliced potato and hamburger with salt, pepper and parsley in a nice thick crust. SO SO good but no one has ever heard of it.

  • Anne Hamilton via Facebook

    Displaced from PA, now living in TX….wouldn’t be Thanksgiving without it! And….Copes corn!!!!!

  • Missy Mae-Hor via Facebook

    her’s doesn’t have potatoes in it.. I had to send her a message with this recipe asking if she’s been holding out on me all these years haha

  • Michelle Sw via Facebook

    sounds good.

  • http://www.facebook.com/FortheMommas For the Mommas via Facebook

    Honey Badger Swieder — I love to cook, I would post recipes all the time if I Could. :)

  • http://www.facebook.com/FortheMommas For the Mommas via Facebook

    Missy Mae-Hor — some people add oysters to this recipe!

  • Jennifer

    Weird! I grew up in Pennsylvania and am actually part Dutch German, and have NEVER heard of this beautiful concoction! I am going to have to try this yumminess! Thanks for sharing!

    • Shannon

      So funny! My grandfather was Dutch German too -

  • Missy Mae-Hor via Facebook

    here’s the sad thing.. My mom is about as Pennsylvania Dutch as they come.. (were talking pig belly, tripe, etc)… and I’ve NEVER heard of this! My mom always made an Oyster dressing with turkey… Now I have to ask her about this lol :)

  • Honey Badger Swieder via Facebook

    Can you share recipes more often? We stop in PA Dutch area every time we go to NJ and eat. I’ve had more delicious food there than I can remember but I have absolutely NO authentic recipes!

  • Lori Scheirer via Facebook

    oh i love potatofilling we have it even on non holiday !

  • Lori Yoder Heydt via Facebook

    Same here, Kimberly! My ex husband (who was NOT raised in a PA Dutch area) had no idea what ‘Potato Filling’ was, but once he tried it, he loved it!. After we split, he actually asked me how to make it.

  • http://www.facebook.com/sommer.emery Sommer Emery via Facebook

    I have no idea what that is either!!!????!!

  • Kimberly Everett via Facebook

    that was the ONLY filling I knew for yrs…never had “stuffing”! LOL!