Patate Vastase, also known as Trapani-style potatoes, are an appetizing and delicious side dish belonging to the Sicilian tradition.
This is a typical recipe from Western Sicily and is very popular in Trapani and its province.
The term vastase literally translates to “little elegant” and refers to the way they are prepared and presented: simple and without many frills.
The potatoes, once sliced, are baked in the oven with cherry tomatoes, sliced onion and lots of mozzarella cheese for a mouthwatering and super stringy end result.
They can accompany any meat or fish main course and, if served in larger portions, can also be transformed into a simple and satisfying vegetarian main course.
• 7 medium potatoes
• 1 cup of mozzarella cheese
• 14 oz of cherry tomatoes
• 4 tbsp (1/2 stick) of butter
• 5 tsp of extra virgin olive oil
• 2 onions
• oregano to taste
• salt to taste
• pepper to taste
irst of all peel the potatoes and cut them into medium sized pieces.
Now place them in a baking dish together with the onion sliced very finely.
Add salt and pepper (the latter must be freshly ground) and drizzle with a little extra virgin olive oil.
Bake the pan and cook the potatoes for about 45 minutes at 390 F in a preheated oven.
While the potatoes are cooking, dice the mozzarella and cherry tomatoes into small pieces.
At about 15 minutes from the completion of cooking, add both the mozzarella and the cherry tomatoes to the potatoes and also add the chopped butter.
When the potatoes are cooked, remove them from the oven, let them cool for a couple of minutes and then serve them, i suggest with some veggy.
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