Is this an irish dish?

January 15, 2009

Question:

Greetings,

All or my life during the holidays we have had some dishes that represented our irish part of my heritage i.e. mince pies, colcannon, etc.

However, the one I haven’t seen anywhere is potato filling (dressing). For my grandfather and his family this was what they had (instead of a bread dressing) w/their turkey.

Is this a traditional food that other’s partake? Or, simply a family item? If, in fact, it is a known dish could you tell me about it (origins, area of the country it is common to etc.)?

Many thanks
Debra

3 Answers

  • Debra Morrow Nolan says:

    Thank you for your answer.  This may very well be the reason no one has ever known what I was talking about. Here is more of a description of the filling that may help.  In my grandfather’s family, it took the place of a bread stuffing.  Though referred to as potato filling  it was never placed in the turkey. 

    Potatoes, boiled and mashed, chopped fine celery, onion and a little radish, a couple of pieces of white bread crumbs.  Spices: salt, pepper, sage, thyme, poultry seasoning.  Drippings from the turkey.  Mix well;  Then, baked in a skillet, w/drippings on top, until hot.  This is then served on the side with turkey.

    Again, Thanks
    Debra

  • Katherine says:

    I am not exactly sure what you are describing, but I can’t say it rings any bells for me.

    Some people do have bread sauce with turkey (personally I hate it with a passion!) –  is it an alternative kind of sauce-like thing made with potato? Or is it potato rather than bread stuffing?

    In either case I’d say it may be a family tradition more than an Irish one.

    Katherine

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