Potato casserole – Patate al forno

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Potato casserole – Patate al forno

A traditional Veneto region recipe that incorporates pancetta and fresh rosemary, finished in the oven for a golden and crispy casserole.
Servings 8 people
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Total Time 1 hr 5 mins

Equipment

  • cutting board
  • Saute pan
  • saucepan
  • Baking pan

Ingredients

  • 2 lb potatoes
  • 2 onions medium
  • 3 oz pancetta uncured, Italian style
  • 2 rosemary sprigs, chopped
  • 1/2 tbsp salt or to taste
  • 1/2 tsp pepper or to taste
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp butter unsalted

Instructions

  • Gather your ingredients.
    Raw ingredients gathered on a tablecloth covered table.
  • In a large saucepan, boil the potatoes until they are almost fork tender, so they can hold their shape when cut; slice them into 1/2 inch rounds; set aside; preheat the oven at 375 degrees.
    2 lb potatoes
  • While the potatoes cook, slice the onions very finely; mince the pancetta; chop the rosemary.
    2 onions, 3 oz pancetta, 2 rosemary, 2 tbsp olive oil
    Onion, pancetta and rosemary prepped for cooking in separate bowls.
  • Preheat a saute pan with the olive oil and saute the onions and the pancetta until translucent but not crispy.
    Onion and pancetta sauteeing in a pan.
  • Drop the potatoes and gently stir to combine, adding the chopped rosemary, salt and pepper.
    1/2 tbsp salt, 1/2 tsp pepper, 2 rosemary
    Sliced potatoes incorporated into the onion and pancetta.
  • Place everything in a lightly greased baking pan, top with the butter and bake until golden, about 15 minutes and then broil for 5 minutes keeping an eye on the top.
    2 tbsp butter
    Potato mixture in a baking pan.

Notes

This potato dish is so rich and flavorful, it utilizes few ingredients to enhance it and give it a holiday feel.
I utilized pancetta arrotolata, which is an uncured type of “bacon’, very available at grocery stores, and also very popular where I come from.
In the making process of the pancetta, some pepper and herbs are used, to include rosemary and the use of rosemary in the dish, brings everything together in harmony.
Make sure that you always taste the dish, every step of the way, to give it that perfect balance of salt, spice and herb.
If you wish to skip the boiling of the potatoes, you could microwave them or bake them. I think that by boiling them, you will help them retain moisture and, in the end, they will cook more evenly.
Calories: 176kcal
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Italian, Veneto region
Keyword: authentic italian recipe, baked potato, baked potato in the oven, baked potato recipe, ethnic recipe, how to make potato casserole, ethnic recipe,, pancetta, potato casserole, potato side dish, rosemary

Nutrition

Calories: 176kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 8g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 7mg | Sodium: 518mg | Potassium: 546mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 14IU | Vitamin C: 24mg | Calcium: 26mg | Iron: 1mg

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