Recipe 133: Yesterday it was a really nice night: good friends, one of my favorite recipe and lots of games. Giulio, my italian friend from Barcellona, doesn’t know what he missed!
So here is the “Sformato di patate” or “Potatoes gateau” as we call it too. It’s also perfect as a plate to prepare before and then just hot up and serve.
Ingredients for 4-5 people: 1Kg potatoes – 300gr mozzarella – 50 gr Parmesan – 250ml milk – 50 gr butter – 100gr ham – salt – pepper – nutmeg – bread crumbs – 50 gr of another cheese like Cheddar, Emmental or Compte (if you want or if you have it) – 3 eggs.
Peel, wash and boil the potatoes in salty water until you can mash them. In the meantime rub the butter in the inside of a baking pan and then dust it with a good quantity of bread crumbs.
Mash the potatoes with a fork and add the milk and the butter. Mix it well with the 3 eggs and add the cheese and the ham cut in little pieces, then Parmesan, and one mozzarella also cut in little cubes. Then mix again adding salt, a bit of pepper and nutmeg. This is for me the most important ingredient, because give all another taste to the dish, but if you don’t like it you can avoid it.
At this point put half of the mix in the baking pan and add on top the other mozzarella cut in pieces. Cover all with the rest of the mix and dust the top with other Parmesan and bread crumbs. The last touch will be to put some very thin slice of butter on the top.
Put for 30-40 minutes in oven at 180 degrees and then for 5-10 minute with the grill, until the top becomes colorful.
Now, my mum uses to cook it in a ring mold and she ia able to turn it in a plate in a perfect “ciambellone” shape. I tried the same but with my aluminum pan i wasn’t able to do so! Maybe next time i will try with a silicon pan. However if you just used a normal baking pan, you can try to turn it on a plate, or just cut it and serve it.
I hope you will enjoy!
PS. Mamy c’era un odore per tutta casa che non ti dico, ma come al solito non sono riuscita a girarlo nel piatto. E pensare che c’ho comprato la teglia apposita. Ma tu come fai??? a te viene sempre perfetto! Comunque il sapore era come il tuo percio’ ero proprio soddisfatta alla fine e l’insalatina che c’ho messo insieme ci stava proprio bene.