Neapolitan Potato Gateau with ham and mozzarella

Neapolitan Potato Gateau with ham and mozzarella

By 14/11/2014

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 "gattรฒ; 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.

potato mixture

Cut the mozzarella into cubes. Grease your baking tray with butter and sprinkle with breadcrumbs.

breadcrumbs on tray

Put half of the mashed potato mixture on the baking tray, level it well and put the mozzarella and chopped basil leaves on top

mozzarella and oregano filling

Cover with the remaining potato mixture and make a pattern with the back of a fork.

making a pattern with 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.

butter flakes or olive oil

You can decorate your gateau by cutting outย  some ham slices with a pastry cutter and make any shapes you like!

Neapolitan potato gateau

potato gateau slice

I am sending this to Emily to "Recipe of the Week" and to to Casa Costello for "Bake of the Week"
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13 Responses to Neapolitan Potato Gateau with ham and mozzarella

  1. gloria

    Alida this look absolutely delicious:))

  2. Dottie Sauchelli Balin

    Dear Alida,
    The Potato Gatto is a favorite of my family. My aunt Jenny used to make it and we all loved her potato pie so much. Maybe it was because she made it and she was a special aunt. Your recipe looks delicious, I love the way you put the round rings on the pie with the fork and decorated it with the “ham” butterflies. Just a great idea and a beautiful pie! A total meal all in one dish, love it and so does the dishwasher (me). Your version is great and would love to try this recipe too! Thanks for sharing….have a wonderful and fun weekend.
    Dottie ๐Ÿ™‚ x

    • Alida

      I was sure you knew about it as you family comes from the south. I think it is such a fab dish to make even weekly and what I like most is that you can prepare it in advance too.

  3. Louise

    Hi Alida!
    Oh my goodness gracious! This pie is a long lost favorite of mine. When we were kids my mother, whose family came from Naples and my father, whose family came from Sicley would argue over who made the “real” potato pie. My Father’s version was made with sliced potatoes and my Mother’s mashed potatoes. I LOVED either and both versions, lol…Thank you so much for sharing your masterpiece, Alida…It looks gorgeous!!!

    • Alida

      Thank you Louise!

  4. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    I wish I could cook half as good as you, Alida. This potato gateau looks mouthwatering!

  5. Kate - Gluten Free Alchemist

    Wow! This is fantastic! I have never heard of potatoes being boiled in their skins and then being peeled. Is this to prevent them getting too moist or to keep the flavour in? I will definitely be eating this one…… Love it!

    • Alida

      My husband who is English said the same to me! In Italy you peel the potatoes afterwards if you need to make gnocchi too. This is to prevent them from absorbing too much water.

  6. Catherine

    Dear Alida, This is a perfect lunch or dinner with a nice side salad. Delicious meal Alida. Blessings dear. Catherine xo

  7. la cucina di Molly

    Lo adoro, รจ da tempo che non lo preparo, รจ un ottimo salva cena! Delizioso il tuo tortino di patate, mi piace molto la decorazione con il prosciutto cotto, bravissima! Un abbraccio!

    • Alida

      Grazie carissima. Un abbraccio e spero tu abbia festeggiato bene il compleanno. Baci baci

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  9. Casa Costello

    Oh I bet this was so tasty! I have got to make it soon. Thanks again for joining in with #Bakeoftheweek x

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