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Matriarchy: My family usually has T-Day at a huge family potluck, but this year it looks like it will be the four of us at home. I am going to make a turkey. My kids have asked for green beans, mashed potatoes, and biscuits. My 17-yr-old is our expert Mistress of Gravy. I like "potato filling," a local PA Dutch thing that is like a cross between mashed and stuffing. I am on a mission to find the perfect pumpkin pie recipe - made the first attempt this morning. I might have to ask more people to eat with us!
7 years ago
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Dawn Knowlton: Matriarchy - I'm curious about this "potato filling." I grew up in PA (Northwest area) and my remaining family is in and around PA Dutch country (Middletown and Reading). Do you have a recipe to share? :o)
7 years ago
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Matriarchy: I don't have a written recipe. They tend to vary between families. You basically make a batch of mashed potatoes with milk and butter. Then, you saute diced celery and onion in butter, add a bunch of bread cubes, salt, pepper, and poultry seasoning (or fresh herbs) - a basic batch of stuffing. Then you fold the two batches together, put it in a casserole dish, and bake until the top is browned. You could do this with leftovers after the big day, too - which is how I think it developed.
6 years ago
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Dawn Knowlton: What a small world, Matriarchy! After you shared this info I rec'd an email from my aunt in Reading, Pa sharing the delights of her Thanksgiving meal - she actually spent the holiday at a friend's house. One item she mentioned, in her own words were "Mashed Potato Pennsylvania Dutch Filling (it's a local thing...spuds are mixed it with bread, onions & celery)." Sounds delish to me! Mashed Potatoes and stuffing are my two favorite dishes on the holiday table. :o)
6 years ago
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Matriarchy: Exactly! I live in Reading, PA. You find Potato filling in diners throughout Berks, Lancaster, York, and Chester counties - and probably anywhere PA Dutch families moved. I am betting it moves with the Amish and Mennonite communities as they migrate to find farm land.
6 years ago