This is one of those forget the diet, special occasion, comfort foods. A must on the Thanksgiving table for us, my husband taught me how to make this family favorite when we were first together.
- 5 lbs white potatoes
- 1 large yellow onion
- 4-6 celery stalks
- 8 cups cubed bread (I actually use about 12 cups)
- 3 sticks butter (told you this is not diet food!)
- 1 cup milk
- Salt and Pepper
You are basically making two dishes, mashed potatoes and bread filling, then mixing them together. If you are making your own bread cubes or using store bought soft bread cubes, put these in a bowl a day or two before using. I turn the oven on to heat it up to 350, then turn it off. Let the bowl sit in the oven, toss cubes occasionally, so they dry. If you use the prepackaged hard ones no prep needed.
Peel potatoes and cut into quarters. Put potatoes in a large pan, cover with water, sprinkle with salt and boil until tender.
While the potatoes are cooking, chop your celery and onion. Put in a skillet with a stick of the butter and saute until tender. Pour this over the bread cubes and toss. Season with salt, pepper and parsley.
Drain your potatoes. Put a stick of butter in your mixing bowl, add potatoes and mash first with hand masher, then use mixer to make them smooth. Add one cup of milk, or more, to reach the consistency of what you like as mashed potatoes. Season with salt and pepper. Scoop potatoes in to the bowl with bread cube mixture. Combine this well.
Transfer potato mixture to a greased 10″ by 15″ baking dish. Cut up last stick of butter and lay butter on top of potato mixture. Bake at 350 degrees for about an hour or until lightly browned. Serve with gravy that compliments your meat dish.