Polpettone di Patata all”Osteria Luchin Osteria – Luchin’s Potato Meat loaf

This neat and easy to make potato casserole. is a favorite  of mine from  the Osteria Luchin in Liguria, a family run restaurant where I first sampled it a few years ago. They call it a potato meat loaf.  I make it in a cast iron pan but a regular baking dish will do. Vary the vegetables with asparagus or small peas.


  • 1/2 lb cooked string beans
  • 4 medium potatoes (about 2 pounds), boiled unpeeled in salted water
  • 3 eggs
  • 1 small yellow onion, minced
  • 3 tbsp melted butter
  • 1 tbsp fresh minced marjoram
  • 1/2 cup grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese
  • 4 tbsp milk
  • Olive oil
  • 3/4 cup toasted bread crumbs


  1. Preheat oven to 350F
  2. Mince the string beans and place them in a large bowl. Peel the potatoes and put them through a potato ricer or food mill. Add to the bowl with the string beans. Add the eggs, marjoram, minced onions, garlic, butter, and Parmesan cheese. Thin with a little milk and season with salt.
  3. Grease a 9-inch cast iron skillet or round baking pan with olive oil and coat with bread crumbs. Press potato mixture into pan, and using a fork, create diagonal lines on top. Drizzle with olive oil and bake for 35 to 40 minutes or until hot and crusty.

This recipe was featured on Season 19 - Episode 1910.

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