Pizza di Patate … Potato Gateau

Potato Gateau

Potato Gateau

Pizza di Patate is one of my family’s most loved recipes. My Great Grandmother used to make it and then my Grandmother, then my Mother and my Father . . .  they all made / make it . . .and so do I !! 🙂

Here is the recipe for 4 people:

1.5 kg of potatoes ( I use the yellow fleshed or the russet), 200 ml of milk, 2 eggs, 100 g ( + or – ) of grated parmesan cheese, mozzarella and ham, salt and nutmeg

Boiled potatoes

Boiled potatoes

Boil the potatoes until they are nice and tender, peel them and puree them with a ricer or in your kitchen robot ( or both). Add warm milk, egg and ⅔ of the parmesan cheese  salt and nutmeg to taste and mix well.

Transfer ½ of the potato mix In a greased pyrex or oven proof baking dish and spread it evenly throughout the dish. Now layer the ham and the cheese ( it is really up to you how much you add to it . . .  I like it 2 or 3 slice of ham thick and a nice bit of cheese). Then cover with the remaining potato mixture and spread out evenly.

Scoring the top layer with my fork

Scoring the top layer with my fork

Score the top of the potato layer with the back of a fork so that you make grooves over the surface. Sprinkle the remaining parmesan cheese and some breadcrumbs ( or cornmeal if making it gluten free) then add a little bit of olive oil.

Bake in a preheated oven ( 200* C or 375* F) for 30 to 40 minutes or until it is heated through and crunchy on top.

Potato Gateau

Potato Gateau

This is delicious hot, warm or cold . . . it is great for picnics, potlucks and school lunches . . .  we adore it !!

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