Saturday, May 21, 2011

Carmela Soprano's Potato Pie

Okay... You now know about the great Maltese comfort food.
Baked Rice.
A one dish meal.
A miracle.

But Maltese eat more than just rice and pasta.
Malta produces a surplus of potatoes.  
Enough to export to other countries, primarily Holland.
So there.

In the Come to My Home chapter of Carmela's Entertaining with The Sopranos, Carmela has a recipe for Potato Pie. 
It's another one dish meal, using potatoes.
A lot of cheese and a bit of meat go into it. 
An oldie from Tony's button days.
An oldie but a goodie.

                              Potato Pie

grease well an oven casserole (2 1/2-quart size)     
preheat oven to 400ยบ  after potatoes are boiled       
bake 50 minutes

Place in a large saucepan
3 pounds red potatoes, peeled and quartered
Add cold water to cover.
Cover pot and bring to a boil.
Simmer over medium-low heat until potatoes are tender, about 20 minutes.
Drain and transfer to a large bowl.
Mash potatoes.

Stir in
1 Cup warm milk
6 Tablespoons unsalted butter, melted
1/2 Cup grated Romano cheese
2 large eggs, beaten
salt and pepper to taste

4 ounces fresh mozzarella, chopped
4 ounces smoked (or more fresh) mozzarella, chopped
4 ounces sliced prosciutto or salami, chopped
Mix well.
Scrape the mixture into the oven casserole.
Smooth the top.

Sprinkle on top
2 Tablespoons grated Romano cheese
Bake, until it's browned around the edges.
Let cool 15 minutes before serving.
Serve with a salad or cooked vegetable.

Would I make Potato Pie again?
With Parmesan cheese.
And only fresh mozzarella.
Just saying.

Think of it as a heavier quiche.
See, we do eat more than pasta.

Another recipe down.  Twenty more to go.

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