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Fachamatta's Potatoes Recipe
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Fachamatta's Potatoes

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"This can be served as an unparalleled, festive accompaniment to a main course, or even as the main course with a salad. If you are a bachelor, you can serve this right out of the frying pan onto dinner plates. However, if you want to impress a date and are coordinated and courageous, slide this entire creation from a circular frying pan onto a large, oval serving platter. No guts, no glory. You could also do this as a casserole, but I think you'll have more control over it by using this method. As Edward G. Robinson would say, 'Now, do it my way. See?' Try it with Romano or asiago cheese in place of the Parmesan."

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Original recipe makes 8 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    2 hrs 20 mins

    2 hrs 30 mins


  1. Stir the Italian-style stewed tomatoes and tomato sauce in a saucepan over medium heat; bring to a simmer.
  2. Heat 2 tablespoons olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Cook the crushed garlic cloves in the hot oil until lightly browned; remove from the skillet and add to the tomato mixture. Cook and stir the onions in the oil remaining in the skillet until softened, 5 to 7 minutes. Stir the cooked onions into the tomato mixture. Stir the basil leaves into the tomato mixture. Allow the tomato mixture to simmer until the onions partially dissolve into the sauce, at least 2 hours, stirring every 15 minutes. Remove and discard the basil leaves. Set aside 2 quarts of the sauce for use in this recipe. The rest can be frozen for later use.
  3. Heat 1/4 cup olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Cook the sliced potatoes in the hot oil until the slices begin to soften in the center, turning frequently to ensure even cooking, about 10 minutes; season with sea salt, freshly ground black pepper, and crushed red pepper. Reduce heat to medium-low. Sprinkle the Parmesan cheese over the potatoes, continuing to turn as you add the cheese, and continue cooking until the potatoes are cooked through. Layer the sliced mozzarella over the potatoes, reduce heat to low, and cover the skillet with a lid; simmer until the cheese melts entirely. Pour about 2 quarts of the tomato sauce over the potato and cheese mixture; again cover the skillet and allow to simmer another 5 minutes. Remove the skillet from heat entirely and allow to rest 2 to 3 minutes before serving.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Aug 04, 2012

The video for this recipe is very helpful in seeing the color of the cooked potatoes and the thickness of the sliced mozzarella. I fried the potaoes in 2 batches because 3 lbs. of sliced potatoes crowded my large skillet. I also layered my potatoes, mozz and sauce according to the way iy was done in the video, which was different from the written directions. I used my own sauce because I already had some in my fridge. This recipe is basically a potato parmesan! I loved it! And I loved hearing the story behind the recipe! Thanks for sharing, Dogwood2 =)

Most Helpful Critical Review
Mar 15, 2012

Not sure which I liked better.....the cheesy, saucy potatoes or the presentation of it! I added more onions, green peppers and hot Italian sausage to make my main course. Very good.


9 Ratings

Jul 11, 2012

Love! I put too much salt in...my own fault. 12 year old didn't wait for the rest of dinner, just took a plate full and ran!

Sep 08, 2012

Excellent! Since it's a meatless dish I browned up some Italian sausages to serve on the side. We will be making this again and again. We also use the leftovers for breakfast the next day and add a fried egg to it. Awesome!

Feb 12, 2013

Delish. I loved the story behind it too and if I were to make any change I would probably prefer to layer the potato's, cheeses and sauce in a casserole dish and finish it off in the oven.

Apr 24, 2014

It is delicious. The potatoes have a marvelous flavor and I like the tomato and cheese combined with them. It would be a good dish to bring to a potluck, although I might transfer it to a baking dish and put it into the oven to melt the cheese. You can't very well bring a skillet to a potluck.

Jun 01, 2015

This recipe was so delicious! I enjoyed listening to the story behind it..and thank you so much for your service. God bless


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