How to Make Potato Stuffing for Turkey in 7 Easy Steps

Making potato stuffing for turkey is easy as cake. Well, it isn’t cake, but you can bet it is as delicious. You may be wondering if it’s worth the time and effort. I can answer that in three words: yes, it is. Most people think that to make a yummy stuffing, you need an endless list of ingredients or a lengthy procedure that you might fall asleep before finishing.

In only 7 easy-to-follow steps, you can make stuffing for your turkey on Thanksgiving or a side dish for any other occasion. You don’t have to settle for the packaged version, and you don’t need to spend hours in the kitchen to make something your family will love.

Easy Potato Stuffing in 7 Steps

The recipe for the stuffing you will see doesn’t require fancy or hard-to-get ingredients. It has been made simple for everybody (from the amateur to the expert cook) to enjoy and, who knows, maybe impress your guests. With all that said, let’s begin.

Preparation Time: 20 minutes

Cooking Time: 30 minutes

Servings: 5 to 7


  • 4 medium Russet potatoes, ideal for mashing
  • 1 large onion (chopped)
  • 2 celery stalks (chopped)
  • 4 slices of bread (any bread: white, gluten-free, etc.)
  • 4 tablespoons of butter (any type)
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1/4 cup apple (chopped, optional)
  • 1 tbsp raisins (optional)
  • salt and pepper to taste


1- The first thing we have to do is to prepare the mashed potatoes. Peel the potatoes cut them into quarters, and toss them into a large pot filled with water. Add salt to taste and cover. Turn on the stove and use high heat.

2- As soon as it boils, turn the heat down to low and simmer for 20 minutes. Remove the cover, and pierce the potatoes with a fork to ensure they are well-cooked. If they can be pierced easily, drain the water, wait for them to steam-dry for a minute, and mash them. Otherwise, hang in there until they are ready.

3- Now comes the fun part. Add the butter to a large skillet, heat on medium, and wait until it melts. Next, take the celery and onion, place them in the skillet, and stir for 5 to 8 minutes.

sautéed celery and onion pieces

When the onion gets a slight brown color and the celery becomes soft, remove from heat and wait for the mix to cool down.

4- Toast the slices of bread slightly and cut them into croutons-like pieces. Then break the pieces with your hands as much as possible. Place the mashed potatoes, bread, thyme, seasoning, optional apple, and raisins in the skillet with the buttered celery and onion. You can add salt and/or pepper if you wish. Stir and mix well.

Note: I didn’t add the additional salt or any pepper, and it tasted just fine.

5- After stirring, store the stuffing in the fridge until you are ready to use it.

potato stuffing for turkey before baking

6- Once the big day arrives, just before placing the turkey in the oven, add some butter to the bird’s cavity and season with salt and pepper. Toss the stuffing inside the turkey and roast away.

You can also cook it in the oven at 350 °F (177 °C) for about 45 minutes or until golden.

7- Prepare to bewilder your guests with one good yet simple stuffing. Give it a try. You are going to like it!

Now you know the process of making mashed potato stuffing for turkey. It is easier than you imagined. With this recipe, your Thanksgiving, Christmas or even New Year’s feast won’t be the same, and your guests will be wondering what chef you hired to cook the dinner. If you wish, you can toss extra ingredients into the pan to create a unique flavor and add a twist.