Patate in Tecia

Patate in Tecia
Kathy Bechtel

Ingredients

  • 2 1/4 Pounds  potatoes, peeled and quartered
  •   Kosher salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
  • 3 Tablespoons  olive oil
  • large onion, minced
  • 2 Ounces  pancetta or bacon, chopped
  • 1/2 Cup  beef broth

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by Kathy Bechtel

This recipe is a classic dish from Trieste, Italy, a port city on the Adriatic, just to the north of Slovenia's Istria peninsula. "In Tecia" refers to the cast-iron pan that would normally be used to cook this dish; you will find many other recipes using this name, from pollo (chicken) to cavolo (cabbage) to melanzane (eggplant).

This is almost a cross between mashed potatoes and hash browns — you combine mashed potatoes with caramelized onions and bacon, then allow it to sit and cook so a crust forms. Then you break up the crust so the nice, crispy, browned potato crust is mixed in with the creamy mashed potatoes. The best of both worlds!

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Directions

Place the potatoes in a large pot, cover with water, and season with salt, to taste. Bring to a boil, reduce to a low boil, and cook until tender. Drain, and then mash them. Set aside.

In a medium-sized sauté pan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the onion and bacon, and reduce the heat as much as you can. Cook the onion and bacon over very low heat until the onion is a deep golden brown, sweet and falling apart, adding just a bit of water if necessary. This will take anywhere from 40-60 minutes. (If you use more heat and less time, the onion will not be as sweet.)

When the onion is done, spoon the potatoes on top of the onion. Add the beef broth, and season with salt and a generous amount of pepper. Cook for 5 minutes as is. Then stir for 1-2 minutes, breaking up the crust that formed on the bottom. Stop stirring, and cook for 5 more minutes, again allowing a crust to form on the bottom. (You want a nice crust, which you can then break up into crisp bits that will be stirred back into the potatoes.) Stir for 1-2 minutes to break up the crust, then serve.

Notes

Note: This can be reheated, but will likely need a little bit more broth added to moisten. You can also cook and mash the potatoes and caramelize the onions well in advance, then combine and finish just before serving.

Nutrition

Calories per serving:

162 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Low Sodium Sugar Conscious, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Sugar Added

Daily value:

8%

Servings:

9
  • Fat 64g 99%
  • Carbs 195g 65%
  • Saturated 14g 68%
  • Fiber 25g 100%
  • Trans 0g
  • Sugars 16g
  • Monounsaturated 40g
  • Polyunsaturated 8g
  • Protein 32g 64%
  • Cholesterol 37mg 12%
  • Sodium 681mg 28%
  • Calcium 171mg 17%
  • Magnesium 265mg 66%
  • Potassium 4,854mg 139%
  • Iron 9mg 50%
  • Zinc 4mg 27%
  • Phosphorus 745mg 106%
  • Vitamin A 6µg 1%
  • Vitamin C 212mg 354%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 72%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 31%
  • Niacin (B3) 14mg 71%
  • Vitamin B6 3mg 170%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 194µg 49%
  • Vitamin B12 0µg 5%
  • Vitamin D 0µg 0%
  • Vitamin E 6mg 31%
  • Vitamin K 45µg 56%
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