Is this an irish dish?

January 15, 2009



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

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

  • 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.


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