Easy and Delicious German Potato Stuffing

German potato stuffing is a moist side dish blending mashed potatoes with traditional stuffing ingredients like bread cubes, celery, onion, and seasonings, baked to create a hearty, flavorful accompaniment to any meal, particularly suitable for festive occasions.

If you prefer your stuffing as moist as I do, then this easy and delicious German potato stuffing is just the recipe you are looking for. I know Thanksgiving is months and months away, but there is no reason why you can’t enjoy this tasty side dish year-round.

Our favorite restaurant always has stuffing on the buffet along with roast chicken. Oh, I love that stuffing.

And the chicken is to die for. I just wish the restaurant was a little closer to my home. 

I would be going every week instead of our every three-monthly trek. Stuffing or dressing?

I have always heard that it is called stuffing when used inside a chicken or turkey and dressing when prepared separately. Why then is “StoveTop Stuffing” called stuffing?

Hmm. Just a thought.

German Potato Stuffing

It is just what it sounds like. A stuffing made with mashed potatoes in it.

A hint of potatoes, mind you.  It is more of a stuffing. 

A moist stuffing at that. There is also a dish called potato filling. 

It is reminiscent of potato stuffing but is made with more potatoes than bread crumbs.

Potato Filling

This dish is made in Pennsylvania Dutch country and is very popular during the holidays. Especially Thanksgiving.

See the video below.

Here is what Wikipedia says about potato filling.

Moist Stuffing 

I prefer moist stuffing.  I don’t want that crunchy top.

My sister on the other hand prefers a drier dressing with that browned top. Everyone has different tastes.

Every time I got a craving for stuffing I would attempt to make it and it always ended up dry. I was getting so frustrated.

I tried using more liquid and then it was too moist.  Almost like eating bread soup. 

Not enough liquid and the stuffing was too dry. I couldn’t get a happy medium until I came across this German potato stuffing.

I have made it several times now when the craving hits. Homerun!

This woman is one happy camper now. I also have an awesome traditional crockpot dressing/stuffing recipe you might like.  

You can check it out here.

German Potato Stuffing


The four main seasonings you are going to need for this German potato stuffing are salt, pepper, sage, and poultry seasoning. Salt and pepper are just a given. 

They are used in just about anything you are baking or cooking. Sage is a must in my book anyway. 

Stuffing just doesn’t taste right without it. But many have different views on how much to use. 

My dad worked for our local fine dining restaurant. One year they were catering a local company’s Christmas party and I was recruited to help. 

I was mixing the stuffing and I like a hint of sage. Not overpowering.

Well, one of the owners tasted the stuffing and decided it didn’t have enough sage so she proceeded to add more. In my opinion, too much but then she was the boss.  

I also like to add a little poultry seasoning as well. Poultry seasoning is a blend of sage, marjoram, thyme, and rosemary.

Since it does have sage in it you need to be careful of how much to add. A pinch or two is fine. 

It saves the time of adding the other seasonings separately. 

Chicken broth

Chicken Broth

I do not always have a carton of chicken broth on hand but I always have “Orrington Farms Broth Base and Seasoning” chicken flavored. For every cup of broth needed boil one cup of water and add 2 teaspoons of the base.

I am not a big fan of bouillon cubes. Of course, homemade chicken broth is the best but then I like easy. 

Bread Cubes

There are many brands of bread cubes on the market such as “Pepperidge  Farm” that are seasoned. But I do happen to make my own. 

We usually have bread left over, especially after a family together. I just cut it into cubes and dry it in a 350-degree oven until it is just slightly browned. 

Pack it into bags and freeze. That way I always have some on hand. 

If you decide to use the pre-packaged seasoned bread cubes just be careful with the seasonings. The need for them may be unnecessary.

But then maybe you like a stronger sage taste!  

German Potato Stuffing Recipe

German Potato Stuffing

Like Moist stuffing? If so this is the recipe for you. It's like having 2 dishes in one.
Course Side Dish
Cuisine German


  • 2 Medium Potatoes
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 1 cup chpped celery
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 4 cups bread cubes
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1/2 to 1 teaspoon ground sage


  • Cook peeled and quartered potatoes in salted water until tender. Drain, mash with a fork and set aside
  • In a large pan melt butter over medium heat.
  • Add onion and celery and saute for about 5-6 minutes, strring to prevnt burning
  • Sprinkle with salt, pepper, sage and poultry seasoning
  • Pour broth over vegetables and stir to loosen any bits on the bottom of the pan
  • Bring to a boil
  • Stir in bread cubes and mashed potatoes.
  • Turn off heat and tansfer to a buttered 2 quart casserole dish.
  • Cover with foil and bake in a pre-heated 350-degree oven for 30 to 40 minutes.
    Uncover last 10 minutes of baking.

My Final Thoughts

  • German potato stuffing is a moist, flavorful side dish that combines mashed potatoes and traditional stuffing ingredients.
  • It’s made with simple, accessible ingredients like potatoes, bread cubes, celery, and onion, seasoned with sage and poultry seasoning.
  • This recipe can be a versatile accompaniment to various meals, not just holiday feasts.
  • Homemade bread cubes can enhance the dish, but store-bought seasoned bread cubes are a convenient alternative.
  • The stuffing’s unique texture and taste come from the combination of creamy potatoes and savory bread cubes.

This German potato stuffing is moist and just the way I like it. I was afraid that the potato would take away from the stuffing itself. 

Yes, you can taste the mashed potato texture but it compliments the stuffing. It’s almost like having two dishes in one.

Add A little gravy on top. Oh my!

Stuffing is not just for the holidays. It makes a great side dish for any meal.

Having a roast? Why not make this German potato stuffing?

Fried chicken anyone? How about pork chops? 

You get the picture. Come on be adventurous. 

Try something new. Please leave me a comment below with your thoughts. 

I love hearing from you. And as always, have a wonderful day!

FAQ for German Potato Stuffing

1. What are the main ingredients in the German Potato Stuffing?

  • Essential Ingredients: The stuffing includes mashed potatoes, bread cubes, celery, and onion, combined with seasonings to create a hearty dish.
  • Texture and Moisture: The recipe is noted for its moist texture, which makes it a comforting side dish especially suitable for festive occasions.

2. How is the German Potato Stuffing prepared?

  • Preparation Overview: The process involves mixing the core ingredients and then baking them to meld the flavors and achieve the desired texture.
  • Baking Tips: It’s typically baked covered to retain moisture and then uncovered towards the end to allow for a slight crust to form on the top.

3. What dishes pair well with German Potato Stuffing?

  • Meal Pairing: This stuffing is versatile and can accompany a variety of main dishes, particularly roasted meats like turkey or pork.
  • Occasions: It’s particularly well-suited for festive meals or family gatherings, providing a comforting and filling side dish.

4. Can the German Potato Stuffing be made ahead of time?

  • Advance Preparation: Yes, you can prepare this stuffing ahead of time, which can help streamline meal preparation for events.
  • Reheating Tips: When reheating, adding a bit of broth can help maintain its moist texture.

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