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Mario Batali's Pastiera

Batali's Cheesy Warm Potato Dish
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Are you looking for a different potato dish for your Easter dinner? Try Mario Batali's Pastiera, it's easy and tasty.
  • 4 tablespoons pomace olive oil4 pounds potatoes
  • washed and peeled1/2 cup plus 1-1/2 cups breadcrumbs2 bunches chopped fresh parsley to yield 1/2 cup1/4 cup virgin olive oil1 cup grated pecorino
step-by-step directions We've Made Cooking As Easy As 1-2-3! printer friendly version 
  • 1
    4 pounds potatoes
    Wash and peel potatoes.
  • 2
    2 bunches chopped fresh parsley to yield 1/2 cup
    Chop the fresh parsley.
  • 3
    4 tablespoons pomace olive oil 
    Preheat oven to 350 F. In a 2 to 3 quart earthenware casserole with 2-inch to 3-inch sides, smear 4 tablespoons olive oil to cover. 
  • 4
    1/2 cup breadcrumbs
    Slice potatoes 1/4-inch thick and toss in a mixing bowl with 1/2 cup breadcrumbs and season well with salt and pepper. 
  • 5
    1-1/2 cups breadcrumbs
    1/4 cup virgin olive oil
    1 cup grated pecorino
    Mix remaining breadcrumbs with parsley, oil and pecorino. Put one layer of potatoes and breadcrumbs on bottom and sprinkle with 3 to 4 tablespoons breadcrumb and cheese mixture. Continue layering until dish is full and top with remaining breadcrumb-cheese mixture. 
  • 6
    Place in oven and cook 1 hour, or until potatoes are very soft and top is golden brown. Serve warm.

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