La Buona Cucina Americana: Baked PotatOes

In the land of pizza and pasta who needs to add more starchy sugar to their diets?

Uhm … we all do! Enter – the potato.

2008 is the International Year of the Potato – did you know that? I for one am all about celebrating. This is also the first week of the O Foods for Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month Contest, so a Baked PotatO is the perfect American food to highlight as we bring back La Buona Cucina Americana.

I *heart* potatoes. I love them boiled and fried and stewed. I love them with butter, I love them alone, and they always make me think of home.

Baked potatoes are my absolute favorite and for the first year I was in Italy I missed them. We don’t have bacon bits, there is no sour cream and well, no one eats them here.

But that, my friends, is changing.

I found an incredible website with step-by-step instructions on how to bake the perfect potato, however the site isn’t online anymore. So I’ll share that wisdom with you here.


>> 2-4 medium-sized potatoes
>> Olive oil (4 tablespoons)
>> Salt (1 teaspoon)
>> Black Pepper
>> Provola cheese
>> Pancetta
>> Butter


1. Pre-heat your oven to 400 degrees.

2. Scrub the potatoes under warm water and remove any imperfections with a small knife.

3. Use a fork to pierce each potato five times.

4. In a small bowl, combine olive oil and salt.

5. Roll the potatoes in the olive oil and salt mixture and set aside.

6. Put the potatoes directly on the oven rack, placing a pan below them to catch drippings.

7. Bake 50 minutes, or until the potato skin is crispy.

8. While the potatoes are baking, grate cheese and cook pancetta.

9. Remove the potatoes from the oven, slice open and add butter, cheese, pancetta and black pepper.



>> 2-4 patate (medie)
>> Olio di oliva (4 cucchiai)
>> Sale (1 cucchiaino)
>> Pepe’ nero
>> Provola
>> Pancetta
>> Burro


1. Preriscaldare il forno a 200 gradi.

2. Pulire le patate sotto aqua calda e togliere le imperfezioni con un coltello.

3. Con una forcetta, fare un buco in ogni patata cinque volte.

4. Unire olio di oliva e sale.

5. Mettere le patate dentro l’olio ed il sale and mettere a parte.

6. Mettere le patate sopra il forno, con un pan sotto.

7. Infornare per 50 minuti, fino a quando le patate saranno croccanti.

8. Mentre le patate sono in forno, grattugare della provola e cucinare della pancetta.

9. Togliere le patate, aprirele e aggungiere del burro, provola, pancetta ed un po’ pepe’ nero.


9 Responses
  1. Mary

    All I can say is….YUMMMMM! Like you I can eat potatoes in any way, shape or form, so this is definitely one that will end up on my list of recipes to enjoy.
    Oh good. I hope your hubby likes them, too!

  2. I remember reading a very similar recipe. It was in a quaint little childrens book called about a girl called Milly-Molly-Mandy, who lived in possibly pre-war England and was always running errands for her family. I always remember how yummy the baked or Jacket potatos sounded with crunchy skins ahd soft buttery pepper and salty insides!
    What a cute little book and yummy potatoes!

  3. I love them whether called jacket potatoes or baked potatoes or patate al forno.

    My favorite version is a one dish meal for me. A big ole baked potato filled with shrimp salad. Ahhhh!
    I love the one-dish potatoes, too. With ANYTHING. I also like the potato “skins” they call them at restaurants in the US which is basically like one half that is more baked.

  4. joanne at frutto della passione

    Those potatoes look amazing!!! Really, really good, my husband will love them!

    And just a little something for the next time you make them:

    200 ml panna da cucina
    45 ml (or to taste) of lemon juice or white wine vinegar
    mix well, chill before serving

    Homemade Sour Cream!!!
    Awesome, Joanne! Grazie mille. This will be great for my Mexican dishes, too.

  5. I’m making these tomorrow, they look so good. Enough of all the pasta and the rice bring on the potato! We all love them here filled with baked beans and butter, or cheese, well filled with just about anything actually.
    Yum! I hope you enjoyed them. I didn’t get around to it this weekend, but hope to this week.

  6. James

    Hi, I found your blog on this new directory of WordPress Blogs. I dont know how your blog came up, must have been a typo, i dunno. Anyways, I just clicked it and here I am. Your blog looks good. Have a nice day. James.
    Thanks for visiting, James.

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