Patate alla Lucana (Basilicata Potato Casserole)

A classic dish from the Basilicata region, embodies the simplicity and rich flavors of Southern Italian cuisine. This recipe, enhanced with the exceptional quality of Flora Fine Foods products, transforms humble potatoes into a dish that's both comforting and indulgent. The marriage of perfectly cooked potatoes, a bonus of tomato flavor on the bottom layer, Flora Fine Foods Extra Virgin Olive Oil, and aromatic herbs creates a culinary masterpiece that celebrates the essence of Lucanian gastronomy.
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Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 40 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Dinner
Servings 4 servings



Preheat the Oven:

  • Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).

2. Prepare the Potatoes:

  • Peel and thinly slice the potatoes. Rinse them under cold water and pat them dry.

3. Sauté the Aromatics:

  • In a large oven-safe skillet, heat Flora Fine Foods Extra Virgin Olive Oil over medium heat. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic. Sauté until the onion is translucent.

4. Add Tomatoes and Herbs:

  • Stir in the drained diced tomatoes, tomato paste, dried oregano, and dried basil. Cook for an additional 2-3 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld.

5. Layer the Potatoes:

  • Arrange a layer of sliced potatoes in the skillet, slightly overlapping and on top of all other ingredients. Season with salt and black pepper. Repeat until all the potatoes are used.

6. Drizzle with Olive Oil:

  • Drizzle a generous amount of Flora Fine Foods Extra Organic Unfiltered Virgin Olive Oil over the layered potatoes, ensuring each slice is coated.

7. Bake:

  • Cover the skillet with aluminum foil and transfer it to the preheated oven. Bake for approximately 30-40 minutes or until the potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork.

8. Optional Broil:

  • For a golden finish, uncover the skillet and broil for an additional 3-5 minutes, watching carefully to prevent burning.

9. Serve:

  • Remove from the oven and let it rest for a few minutes. Serve the Patate alla Lucana hot, optionally garnished with grated Pecorino Romano cheese.

10. Enjoy:

  • Indulge in the rustic flavors of Patate alla Lucana, savoring the blend of tender potatoes, aromatic herbs, and the richness of Flora Fine Foods Extra Virgin Olive Oil. Buon appetito!
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