Piedmont Potato Casserole

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Piemontese potato casserole, or patate pasticciate, is a rich, hearty dish that is perfect as a side dish to roasted meats. Watch Mary Ann Esposito make Piedmont Potato Casserole at CiaoItalia.com!

Cook time: 35 Minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Ingredients

  • Butter for greasing the pan
  • Bread crumbs for lining the pan
  • 2 1/4 pounds red skin potatoes, peeled and diced
  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, melted
  • 2 cups freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggianocheese
  • 3 egg yolks
  • 8 ounces of ricotta (ideally seiràss, a salted, slightly fermented Piemontese specialty)
  • 3 ounces Italian Fontina, diced
  • 3 ounces leftover boiled or roasted meat, such as roast beef, diced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • A pinch of freshly grated nutmeg

Directions

  1. Grease a casserole dish with the butter and coat in bread crumbs. Set aside. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Boil the potatoes in salted water until a skewer penetrates easily, then drain and rice them.
  3. Mix the butter, half the grated cheese, and two yolks into the potatoes, and use a little more than half the mixture to line the pan. Spread the ricotta, Fontina, remaining grated cheese and diced meat over the potatoes. Season the mixture with pepper and a pinch of freshly grated nutmeg (don't overdo it), and cover it all with the remaining potato. Paint the surface with the remaining yolk and bake it for 30-35 minutes or until heated through. Serve hot.