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Neapolitan Potato Pie

Gatto di Patate

Serves 6 to 8

Gatto di patate is a savory Neapolitan potato pie that is a wonderful side dish to chicken or meat. It can be made with fresh or leftover mashed potatoes and bits of cheeses and cured meats that you may have in your refrigerator.

Saving time: Use a microwave to bake the potatoes, and soften the butter if it is cold. Keep grated cheeses on hand in the refrigerator to save a step in this recipe.

Ingredients

4 large baking potatoes, scrubbed and

4 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened

2 eggs slightly beaten

1/3 cup milk

1/2 cup grated Parmigiano Reggiano cheese

1/4 cup grated Pecorino cheese

1/4 pound diced ham

3 tablespoons minced flat-leaf parsley

3 ounces or 4 slices Provolone cheese, diced

5 ouonces mozzarella cheese (fior di latte) sliced

1/3 cup bread crumbs (optional)

2 tablespoons unsalted butter, melted (optional)

Directions

Butter a 9 x 12 inch baking dish and set aside.

Preheat the oven to 350F.

Bake the potatoes in their skins in the microwave according to manufacturers directions. Cool and peel.

Mash the potatoes in a large bowl until smooth. Stir in 4 tablespoons of the butter, eggs, milk, Parmigiano Reggiano and Pecorino cheeses. Stir in the ham and parsley.

Spread half the mixture in a 9 x 12-inch baking pan. Sprinkle the diced cheeses on top of the mixture. Cover with the remaining mashed potato mixture.

Sprinkle the bread crumbs over the top. Drizzle the butter over the bread crumbs and bake the pie for about 45 minutes or until the top is nicely browned. Serve hot.

Variation: use thin slices of plum tomatoes instead of breadcrumbs for the topping.

Comments

  1. Daniel M. Indiciani's avatar

    Daniel M. Indiciani

    Hello Marianne. I have eaten this delicious pie with some friends who recently re-located from Brindisi (Italia). I am glad you offer the recipe. I have one suggestion. Please change the spelling of this recipe to gatò di patate, with one t and an accent over the o. Gatto, spelled with 2 ts and no accent is a cat. Unless, you offer a recipe for cat pie, please change the spelling. I do not intend to be fussy, but as someone who loves all things Italian and speaks the language, this misspelling confuses those who read it, and certainly those who speak Italian. Thank you.
  2. mary ann's avatar

    mary ann

    Thank you Daniel for pointing this out; sometimes our web personnel miss things like this; we will correct it.
  3. SAM's avatar

    SAM

    BUT I LOVE CAT PIE. MY GRANDMA WAS FROM SICILY AND THE TOWN HAD MANY CATS, SO THE WOMEN WOULD ROUND UP THE CATS AT NIGHT AND COOK THEM UP FOR THE PIES AND MAKE SAUSAGE. THEY WOULD SERVE WITH A GOOD GLASS OF CHIANTI.
  4. Mary's avatar

    Mary

    That is a disgusting comment from Sam (5/14/2019 at 7:02 pm. I'm surprised that you even had the nerve to put that in the comment section.
    Maybe it proves my point that you don't look through the comments.
    Disgusting Sam, Stupid Sam.
  5. Mary's avatar

    Mary

    Are your receipes simple? I'm not a good cook and I need less ingredients and easy receipes.
  6. kathy motto's avatar

    kathy motto

    Delicious!
  7. joan d cervera's avatar

    joan d cervera

    your the best! met you last year in toms river nj with joe leone. fun. talked about Ischia where my husband came from. best rabbit in the world! its their specialty.t thanks for the recipe for potato pie. ciao and bacciwet
  8. Joan E's avatar

    Joan E

    Hello Mary Ann,
    This potato dish sounds delicious. Should I reserve some of the stick of butter for the last step, to drizzle on the breadcrumbs? Or, use the entire stick in the potato mix and melt extra for the drizzle? Thank you!!

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