Sunday, October 31, 2010

Carmela Soprano's Pizza Style Potatoes (Patate Alla Pizzaiola) and Anna Sultana's Patata Fgata (Smothered Potatoes with Fennel, Maltese Style)

Like the song says
You say po - tay - to
I say po - tah - to.

Carmela and Ma knew what to do with a potato, no matter what they called it.

In Carmela's Entertaining with The Sopranos, there's a nice variation on her roasted potatoesPatate Alla Pizzaiola.  

Don't panic.  
It's Pizza Style Potatoes.  
Easy.  No crust.

In a roasting pan place, in a single layer
2 pounds of potatoes, peeled and cut into wedges
Toss with
6 large plum tomatoes, sliced
2 medium onions, sliced
1/4 cup olive oil
A sprinkling of
garlic, oregano, salt and pepper
Make it as spicy or mild as the family likes.
Roast the vegetables at 450ยบ, stirring twice, for 1 hour, until the potatoes are cooked.
Sprinkle with
1/4 cup grated Romano and cook 5 minutes more.
Serve hot.

Ma had something similar.  Patata Fgata.
Smothered Potatoes with Fennel.  No, this isn't a stew.
I'm talking fennel seed, not the vegetable.
Although that could work, too.  

Back to Ma's Patata Fgata

6 potatoes
2 onions
Place them in a dutch oven.
1 chopped clove of garlic
a sprinkling of fennel seed
1 cup of stock (chicken, beef, vegetarian - your choice)
2 tablespoons olive oil.  
Season with
salt and pepper
Cover and cook over high heat to bring it to a boil.
Lower heat and simmer another 15 minutes, until done.

Would I make Patate Alla Pizzaiola again?  
Sure, with Parmesan.  When the oven is on.
And I wouldn't peel them.

Would I make Patata Fgata?
Why sure.  When the oven is off.

Another recipe down.  Thirty-nine more to go.

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