October 10, 2013 • Category: Main Dish
The coming of Fall and the ensuing cold weather does not thrill me to bits, if it was not for the veggies that one gets to indulge in, like potatoes or pumpkins.
This potato cake is simple to make, just a casserole of sliced taters with grated cheese and a sprinkle of zaatar; the golden-brown crumb coating is from kaak, a dry biscuit sold here in every neighborhood bakery or market; when ground up it gives a rougher texture than plain bread, which makes it perfect to coat anything. I used some akkawi cheese to layer in-between, a white cheese similar to a mozzarella; prior to purchasing it, I had to ask what type it was (Tcheque?) and if it would melt or not. Everything that performs well gets the label ” first door”, otherwise, you threw your money out the window.
INGREDIENTS: 8 servings
- 2 lbs potatoes, half-boiled or cooked
- 1 lb melting cheese
- 2 cups of kaak crumbs (or other crumbs)
- 1/2 cup butter
- 1/4 cup zaatar (optional)
Line the greased pan with kaak; line with sliced potatoes then cheese; sprinkle with zaatar or nutmeg or paprika; bake in a preheated 375F oven for 30 minutes. Flip over onto a serving platter; serve warm or hot.
NOTE: Kaak are sold in different shapes and sizes at all Middle Eastern stores.
11 Comments • Comments Feed
Love potatoes as comfort food, and this looks fantastic, so simple too. Thanks for sharing!
On October 10, 2013 at 7:42 am
Wow, that is an original recipe. This potato cake is mouthwatering.
On October 10, 2013 at 7:49 am
Looks delicious. Are the potatoes pre-boiled?
On October 10, 2013 at 3:02 pm
@Rosanne: Yes, they are partially boiled.
On October 10, 2013 at 9:52 pm
Belinda @zomppa says:
You turned the potato into a work of art.
On October 10, 2013 at 7:04 pm
Hélène (Cannes) says:
Je l’ai vu sur ton Facebook … Je viens ici piquer la recette ! J’adore !
On October 10, 2013 at 11:40 pm
Czech akkawi was for me the biggest surprise in Lebanon – we don’t have anything like that in the Czech Republic (as far as I know). They put it on saaj in Bourj Hammoud and I loved it!
On October 12, 2013 at 3:55 am
Oui, Chef says:
This is genius. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything quite like it….YUM!
On October 14, 2013 at 5:38 pm
Nuts about food says:
How pretty! Reminds me of the Italian gattò (as in gateau) di patate, although the Italian version uses mashed potatoes and ham.
On October 15, 2013 at 3:12 am
Excellent web site. Plenty of helpful info here. I am sending it to a
few friends ans also sharing in delicious.
And naturally, thank you for your sweat!
On October 20, 2013 at 6:47 pm
Orit Levi says:
Looks perfect for my weekend potluck!
On October 22, 2013 at 8:45 am