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"Only two things in this world are too serious to be jested on, potatoes and matrimony."  Irish saying."

Patate alla Italia
(Potato Croquettes)


When we think of Italian food we generally think of pasta but potatoes are a popular side dish
for many of Italian dinners as well as in our American homes. Mashed, fried, boiled, scalloped, baked;
 in one form or another they show up for dinner pretty regularly.

If you occasionally tire of your “same old” potato dishes, here is a simple but elegant recipe that will
go nicely with your pot roast, pork tenderloins, or as I did, with chicken piccata. I had these at a restaurant
across the bay from Naples called La Pigilarella and after quizzing the waiter a bit was able to replicate the
One of the nice things about this dish is that you can make it up ahead of time and bake the potatoes
just before dinner. Enjoy!

Potato Croquettes

1-pound yellow-fleshed potatoes such as Yukon Gold
1 small onion
salt to taste
2 tablespoons butter
Seasoning salt (my addition)

In a large saucepan cover potatoes with salted water by 2 inches and simmer until tender,
about 25 to 30 minutes. Drain potatoes in a colander and cool. Chill potatoes.

Peel potatoes. Set a four-sided grater in a large bowl and coarsely shred potatoes and onion into
bowl. Season potatoes and onions with salt, add butter and toss mixture with two forks.

Put shredded potatoes into buttered muffin tins. Pack lightly. Sprinkle with seasoning salt to add
color. Bake 425 degrees for 35 to 40 minutes and potatoes are nicely browned. Remove from
muffin tins and serve.


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