First of the Month Recipe: Patati e Pipi

It is no secret I’m addicted to Calabrian food. Between the fresh vegetables, spicy chili peppers and al dente pasta, there are enough new dishes to keep me going for years.

But one thing you don’t always think about when you think of Calabrian food is potatoes. But maybe you should.

Potatoes and peppers, or patati pipi as they say in Calabrese dialect, is one of my all-time favorite dishes and one that my dear ‘ole suocero makes often.

The mixture of salty potatoes and the spicy kick of pepper seeds has all of the substance of a main dish or you can make smaller portions and serve it is a side with fresh homemade bread and a good local wine. It’s Calabrian casareccia at its best.

(Serves two)

>> 3-4 medium-sized potatoes, cleaned, peeled and cut
>> 1 large green pepper
>> Olive oil and salt


1. Heat oil in a large pan.

2. Add sliced peppers and cook for about 10 minutes, or until peppers are slightly tender.

3. Mix the potatoes with the peppers and continue cooking until potatoes and peppers are soft, stirring often to prevent the mixture from burning.

Buon Appetito!

Have you ever had patati pipi? If so, what did you think? Was your recipe different from this one?

* Thumbnail photo courtesy of Hawthorn Farm Organic Seeds

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5 Responses
  1. AmyEmilia

    Looks wonderful Cherrye… I will try it! The other day we made pepperonata and had the leftovers as sandwich filling. Wow that was good. I liked it even better than the original dish which I just had with rice.

    Sounds delish!

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  3. Carmela

    this recipe is one of my home town’s favourites. When you walk around the town in the summer, the smell of the peppers frying is just so wonderful that you can’t wait to get home and make some yourself. I make it here at home in Toronto all the time, everyone in my family love it!!!

    I shouldn’t have reread this comment just before lunch-I’m hungry now!

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