Tortel di patate

Tortel di patate is a traditional dish from Trentino, a ‘potato cake’ made with grated potatoes which provides a carbohydrate base to accompany the main dish. There are many versions: those that add flour to the grated potatoes, those that add eggs, those that cook it in the oven, those that cook it in the pan, those that make it thick, those that make it thin.

We tried a modern, very light, very thin and almost greaseless interpretation at our Trentino fave Osteria Fior di Roccia. The purist take is: potatoes. The right potatoes, of course, so that once grated they will produce enough starch to keep the grated mass together, but not so much as to make a gluey mess. Good potatoes, very little oil to sear the cake in the pan, and a lot of skill. Full stop.

Here is the result:


Now, what more could you want?

The main character first:


which on this occasion we try with venison stew and the stunner of the dish, ‘marmellata di corniole’ (cornelian cherry jam):


The trio, the starchy-sweet and ever so slightly burnt potatoes, the acidic corniole, and the unctuous, dense and gamey venison, are one of those perfect combinations one only occasionally encounters in gastronomy. Pure delight.

And fun, preparing each tortino slice with the desired proportions!

All accompanied by a remarkable little wine:


From a local producer, a blend of Cabernet Franc and Merlot, jammy and dense due to a proportion of dried grapes, balanced, with some elegance and interesting, unusual flavours.

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4 comments on “Tortel di patate

  1. I will have to remember to order Tortel di patate next time I am in Italy – looks great.

  2. jan says:

    Thanks for continuing the Trentino part of your blog. I will be in Trento 3 nights, in early June and am planning on following in your dining footsteps.

  3. Man-Woman says:

    Thanks Jan. Unfortunately the best (in our opinion) high end chef, i.e. Walter Miori of Locanda Margon has closed, and Maso Franch is also changing chef and cusine style. But still plenty of choices…enjoy your Trento trip!

  4. Wow, what a picture, i can guess how much delicious this food is..Nice Receipe.. I will do it.Delicious, You guys are rocking.Sapna+91 9829061228www.spicespulses.com/index.phpEmail spicespulses@gmail.com

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