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    Potato Gateau

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    Potato Gateau

    The Potato Gateau is a classic recipe traditionally prepared in the south of Italy. It’s also known as potato gattò, potato timbal, potato pate, potato sartù, and even oven-baked gattò. Its first mentions date back to the end of the 18th century, when it appeared on the tables of the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, in the south of Italy. The Potato Gateau recipe has changed many times over the centuries, but the result is always a delicious bake to enjoy in good company. Here is how to prepare an oven-baked Potato Gateau with Grana Padano PDO.

    Potato Gateau recipe

    Are you wondering how to make a Potato Gateau? Find out how to prepare it with our quick and simple recipe.

    Ingredients to prepare a Potato Gateau that serves 4:

    • 600 g potatoes
    • 150 g ham, sliced
    • 30 g Grana Padano PDO, grated
    • 20 g breadcrumbs
    • 2 eggs
    • Salt
    • Pepper
    • Extra virgin olive oil

    • For the béchamel sauce
    • 1 l milk
    • 150 g Grana Padano PDO, grated
    • 100 g butter
    • 100 g 00 grade flour
    • Nutmeg to taste
    • Salt

    Preparation: how to make a Potato Gateau

    Making a potato gateau is a great and simple way of using leftovers and it will please the whole family. Let’s see how it’s done.

    STEP 1

    How do you make potato gateau? To start, make the béchamel sauce: in a small saucepan, melt the butter over low heat, add the flour and mix well until you obtain a smooth and lump-free mixture.

    STEP 2

    Pour in the milk at room temperature while continuing to stir, add a pinch of salt and some nutmeg and cook over low heat for 5-6 minutes until the sauce becomes creamy. Add the grated Grana Padano PDO and keep stirring.

    STEP 3

    Boil the potatoes with the skin in plenty of salted water for approximately 30 minutes. Peel the potatoes while they are still warm. You can use a fork to help.

    STEP 4

    Add the eggs, salt and pepper, and mix until the ingredients are evenly combined​.

    STEP 5

    Grease a baking dish with oil and coat it evenly with breadcrumbs, then add half of the potato mixture. Add the slices of ham and the Grana Padano PDO béchamel sauce.

    STEP 6

    It’s time to complete the Potato Gateau: add the remaining potato mixture, evenly level the surface and cover with breadcrumbs. Dust with grated Grana Padano PDO and cook in the oven at 180° C for 30 minutes. Once out of the oven, your potato bake will have a soft centre and a crispy top.

    How to store your Potato Gateau

    Once you have baked your Potato Gateau, you can keep it in the fridge inside a container for a few days, or in the freezer, inside a suitable container, for up to 3 months.
    We recommend reheating your Potato Gateau before eating it.

    Facts and tips

    Potato Gateau recipes: all you need to know. We will see the traditional recipe further on, for now, we would like you to have fun experimenting with your favourite ingredients. The recipe can be adapted to meet your taste, choosing a vegetable, meat, or cheese-only filling. The Potato Gateau recipe is versatile and all variations are good.

    Where does Potato Gateau come from?

    Legend has it that a Potato Gateau was prepared for the first time for the wedding of Archduchess Maria Carolina of Austria and King Ferdinand IV of Bourbon. The French chefs summoned for the occasion prepared this special potato bake to celebrate the event. The dish quickly became a popular favourite in the Kingdom of the Two Sicilies, eventually finding its place among the typical recipes of the Campania region.

    How do you make the Neapolitan version of Potato Gateau?

    Potato Gateau: original recipe. From royal courts to local kitchens, the Potato Gateau has become a typical dish of southern Italy. But how do you make the traditional potato bake?
    In the original recipe, the filling is made with salami and mozzarella fiordilatte. However, as we have already mentioned, there are many different versions, to meet all tastes and preferences.

    How many calories are in a Potato Gateau?

    A 300 g portion of Potato Gateau contains around 300 calories. A filling dish that is perfect to enjoy during the coldest months.

    What goes well with Potato Gateau?

    What can you eat with Potato Gateau?
    The versatility of the Potato Gateau makes it suitable as a one-dish meal but can also be enjoyed side by side with other dishes. For example, it goes well with cold meats, as a rich starter or a light second course. You can make your Potato Gateau using your favourite ingredients and serve it with different dishes.
    Now that you know all the secrets to a great great Potato Gateau, start cooking!