Yield
8 to 10 servings

Known in Italy as sformato (sfor-MAH-toa), this dish can be a savory pie, pudding, custard, or soufflé. Our potato version is fairly dense and soufflélike with a crusty top. Cut it into wedges, and add a ladleful of gravy.

How to Make It

Step 1

Cook potato in boiling salted water to cover 25 minutes or until tender; drain well. Return potato to pan; mash with a potato masher.

Step 2

Melt 6 tablespoons butter in a heavy saucepan over medium heat; whisk in flour until smooth. Cook 1 minute, whisking constantly. Gradually whisk in milk; cook over medium heat, whisking constantly, until sauce is thickened and bubbly. Remove from heat; cool.

Step 3

Melt 3 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium heat; add onion, and sauté 10 minutes or until tender and browned.

Step 4

Stir together mashed potato, onion, white sauce, beaten egg yolks, and next 4 ingredients. Mash with potato masher until smooth.

Step 5

Butter a 9" x 3" springform pan. Add 1/2 cup breadcrumbs, tilting to coat bottom and sides of pan. Freeze 1 minute to set crumbs. Spoon potato filling into pan. Top with remaining 1/2 cup breadcrumbs.

Step 6

Bake, uncovered, at 400° for 50 minutes or until set. Cool 15 minutes before removing sides of pan. Garnish, if desired. Serve warm.

Step 7

Note: Make fresh breadcrumbs easily by tearing a few pieces from a French baguette. Pulse bread in a food processor or mini chopper until you get coarse crumbs.

Christmas with Southern Living 2001

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