In our American culture we tend to consider things that are not pristine and spanking brand new less than worthy..but if you are planning a trip to Italy you will need to change your frame of mind… Italy is like a woman that has aged beautifully..yes there are wrinkles and the foundation is not perfect but the history she has lived through and experienced all contribute to a different type of beauty. It is a type of beauty that you can’t purchase in a makeup bottle.. a beauty that is not achieved easily..one that takes years to develop..like a fine bottle of wine or aged cheese.
ahh..fine aged cheese..gruyere cheese and potatoes and the perfect ‘pranzo’ (lunch)…working on this easy recipe for lunch for our first course..a change instead of pasta..great with a bottle of chilled Prosecco. You can also have these as a ‘chic’ appetizer…
Crostatine di Patate e Gruviera (Potato & Gruyere Tarts)
1 lb of gold potatoes
1 cup flour (unbleached)
2 tablespoons butter
2 tablespoons grated parmigiano-reggiano cheese
1/4 lb of gruyere cheese (Or substitute fresh mozzarella cheese) cut into small pieces.
Homemade breadcrumbs (put day old bread in food processor,grind to crumbs and place in oven on cookie sheet till toasted)
dash of nutmeg
salt and pepper to taste
Peel, clean potatoes,place in boiling water and boil till tender-approximately 20 minutes). Place in food processor and mash. Place in bowl while still hot and add in butter, parmigiana-reggiano, egg, nutmeg, salt and pepper. Blend with a wooden spoon, add in some breadcrumbs to make the mixture firm. Divide mixture into small meatballs-the size of small peach. pat down slightly to make small pizza shapes. Place on cookie sheet or grill pan that has been lightly coated with olive oil.Cover top of patties with gruyere cheese. place under broiler for approximately 4 minutes or until cheese has melted and slightly golden. Serve hot with some freshly chopped parsley leaves and or top each little pizza with some chopped ,fresh tomatoes.
Serve with a chilled white wine,Prosecco or Champagne
As Napoleon once said “one needs to drink champagne to celebrate victory or to console oneself upon defeat” .
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