A wonderful comfort dish for a cold winter day is the classic Neapolitan Gateau so popular in area around Naples.
It is a French dish re-adapted to the Italian cuisine, in Italian it is known as "gattò; Made of mashed potatoes, eggs and cheese and with a filling of mozzarella, ham, and fresh basil leaves this is savoury cake you can never have enough of!
- Prep Time : 20 minutes
- Cook Time : 1h 15 min
Put the unpeeled potatoes in a sauce pan, cover them with cold water and bring to the boil. Cook for 30 minutes then drain.
Peel them whilst they are still warm and mash them in a bowl. Add the melted butter, eggs, salt and pepper, chopped ham and finely chopped parsley, grated Parmesan or Pecorino cheese and mix well. Add some milk to help making a soft consistency.
Cut the mozzarella into cubes. Grease your baking tray with butter and sprinkle with breadcrumbs.
Put half of the mashed potato mixture on the baking tray, level it well and put the mozzarella and chopped basil leaves on top
Cover with the remaining potato mixture and make a pattern with the back of a fork.
Scatter the top with breadcrumbs and flakes of butter ( I have used olive oil instead). Cook at 190C for 45 minutes. Serve warm.
You can decorate your gateau by cutting out some ham slices with a pastry cutter and make any shapes you like!