Pennsylvania Dutch Potato Filling

Pennsylvania Dutch Potato Filling

Shauna Rhoads 6

"These potatoes are perfect for Thanksgiving and Christmas! They are my husband's family tradition in Pennsylvania. This is the actual recipe from my husband's great-grandmother. I cut it down by a third for my family of 4. But I have given you the full recipe so you can cut it however you would like. There is a family 'secret ingredient' that I have never been told and so it's not in this recipe :( I believe it will still be yummy without the 'secret,' but if you happen to know what that is, then add it in ;)"


2 h 30 m servings 544 cals
Serving size has been adjusted!

Original recipe yields 16 servings



  • Calories:
  • 544 kcal
  • 27%
  • Fat:
  • 25 g
  • 38%
  • Carbs:
  • 72.1g
  • 23%
  • Protein:
  • 10 g
  • 20%
  • Cholesterol:
  • 63 mg
  • 21%
  • Sodium:
  • 976 mg
  • 39%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet

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  1. Place the potato cubes into a large pot and cover with salted water. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer until tender, about 25 minutes. Drain and allow to steam dry for a minute or two.
  2. Melt 1/2 cup of butter in a large skillet over medium heat, and cook and stir the onions and celery until they are reduced and browned, about 30 minutes.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease 2 glass baking dishes, each 9x13 inches.
  4. Place another 1/2 cup of butter into the work bowl of a stand mixer, and add the cooked potatoes. Start the mixer on Low setting. While mixer is running, pour in 1 cup of milk, and add 1 tablespoon of seasoned salt and 4 slices of torn bread. Mix those ingredients briefly into the mixture, and pour in 1/2 cup of milk and 4 more bread slices. Mix that addition, and then mix in 2 more bread slices.
  5. After the last 2 bread slices have been roughly incorporated, place another 1/2 cup of butter, 1 tablespoon of seasoned salt, all the onions, celery, and butter from the skillet, and 4 more slices of bread into the mixer bowl. Mix to incorporate, and finally mix in 2 to 4 additional torn bread slices. Allow the mixer to run until the dressing is the desired consistency.
  6. Place half the dressing into each prepared baking dish, and top the dressing with the remaining 1/2 cup of butter, cut into thin slices and scattered over the top. Sprinkle remaining 1 tablespoon of seasoned salt evenly over the top of the dishes. Cover the dishes with aluminum foil.
  7. Bake in the preheated oven until the dressing is browned, about 1 hour.
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  1. 22 Ratings


I gave this recipe 1 star for the following reasons..... 1. The season salt. 3 TBS is a ton of salt in the first place and real PA Dutch filling doesn't have season salt in it. Just salt and pe...

SAGE is the "secret" ingredient -large pinch of SAGE. It is not Thanksgiving without this dish- this WAS our stuffing growing up. I just always thought it was a Yankee recipe. Mom must have lear...

Grew up with this--it wouldn't be a holiday meal without it. The secret ingredient is eggs. Both my grandmothers always mixed in several raw eggs as they were mashing the potatoes. Gives it a li...

I have been making this particular dish for 30 years. It is a nice alternative to just plain mashed potatoes or plain bread stuffing. My only comment is that I find that for some reason, the t...

It is interesting when this recipe receives a bad review based on when someone else suggests adding in "fun" alternatives to it. This is the bare bones recipe. Please only review it based on t...

This is a wonderful "comfort food" !!! Excellent with the traditional Thanksgiving dinner. My family has made this for every holiday dinner for over 40 years. Everyone we have shared this dis...

hi , this is an update to my review.this is so awesome i make it at least once or twice a month because of story for u. i mentioned before my son drives truck he is here once or twi...

I make a version of this recipe every holiday. The only difference is that I fry the bread cubes also. It adds a little crunch to the filling.

Been eating this since I was old enough to eat.. my mother always added Marjoram..