GATTO’ DI PATATE – A POTATO CASSEROLE FROM NAPLES

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Here we are in the New Year! Let’s begin 2019 with some comfort food to warm body and soul!

This recipe is from Naples and it is a casserole made with a base of mashed potatoes. It’s really delicious and you can prepare it in advance. Sometimes you’ll find it written as gateaux di patate (French way), but the popular name is gattò. 

I’m really in love with this dish! It’s tasty, smooth, creamy… It tastes happiness! In winter it’s a pleasant way of warming your stomach!

It’s useful in case you have guests, because if you prepare it in advance, you just have to comfortably warm it when they arrive. 

You can serve as a main dish, but if you cut it in small cubes or put in small small casseroles (cupcake size) it can be a smart food for a buffet!

Also here, simple Italian ingredients! 

  • 1,5 kg potatoes 
  • 200 g mozzarella cheese 
  • 200 g provola or scamorza cheese 
  • 200 g ham (thick slice) 
  • 200 g salame cut into thick slices (the one from Naples) 
  • 3 eggs 
  • 100 g parmesan cheese  
  • Some breadcrumbs 
  • Salt, pepper, butter, nutmeg 

Boil the potatoes and mash them. Let them cool a bit. 

Cut into cubes mozzarella, scamorza/provola, ham and salame. 

Take the mashed potatoes, add salt, pepper, 1 scratch of nutmeg, the eggs, the parmesan cheese and mix it all. Add the cubes of cheeses ham and salame 

Get a large squared pan (like the one for lasagna) and butter it all. Put some breadcrumbs and move them so that they stick to the butter (and so to the sides of the pan).

Put the potato mixture into the pan, put some breadcrumbs on top and some small pieces of butter to make it golden. 

Preheat the oven to 180°C (static) and cook it for almost 50 minutes in the middle level of the oven. 

If the breadcrumbs on top are not golden, use the grill function for 2/3 minutes. They must be crispy.

Cut it in slices the gattò as a lasagna and serve it veeeery warm, so cheese will be melting and stringing.

Once you taste it, you can’t stop eating it. 

This is one traditional recipe. Some people use just mozzarella or just provola, some others use just ham and not salame. Anyway, as you can see, there are just a few ingredients but with a definite taste, so, before thinking about doing some not Italian variations, try this recipe first. I’m sure you’ll love it.  

Please, DON’T PUT CHORIZO! It’s not Italian! Do you remember? 😉

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