Rustic potato cake

Perfect for sharing, this savoury potato cake can be served as a side, or as the main event!

Ingredients:

1kg floury potatoes
55g cooked ham, cut into cubes
25g buffalo mozzarella cheese, cut into small cubes
150g Provola cheese (smoked mozzarella), cut into small cubes
55g Parmesan, freshly grated
4 medium eggs, beaten
2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
A knob of unsalted butter
4 tablespoons dried white breadcrumbs
4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Directions:

1. Preheat the oven to 180°C. Boil the potatoes in salted water until tender, then drain and peel them. Pass them through a potato ricer (or sieve) to make a purée. Mix the potato purée with the ham, mozzarella, Provola, Parmesan, beaten eggs, parsley and some salt and pepper.

2. Use the butter to grease a round cake tin 25cm (10 inches) in diameter, and dust with some of the breadcrumbs. Spoon the potato mixture into this, and press gently with a fork to give some shape. Sprinkle with the remaining breadcrumbs, then trickle over the olive oil.

3. Bake in the preheated oven for 35–40 minutes, until browned on top. Serve in slices. The cake is very good warm, but also excellent cold.

This is an edited extract from Vegetables by Antonio Carluccio published by Hardie Grant RRP $49.99 available in stores nationally.