Taieddrha Leccese!

Being home is great! People were right, being here with the people I love and that love me is helping me healing. Getting over a break up is hard but home is definitely the place to be in a moment like this!

I’ve been cooking a lot since I got here, sometimes on my own, sometimes with my mom or dad and it feels good! It’s nice to have again someone to cook for!

So get ready cause I’ll be posting A LOT of recipes in the coming weeks!

Today Im going to share with you a dish called taieddhra. It is a casserole dish typical from my little town, that I have learned from my grandmother when I was still in high school. There are 2 versions of this dish: a simplified one, and a traditional one.

This is the simplified version but I’ll share with you the traditional one in the coming days.

Let’s get started!

Ingredients (serves 6):

  • 2 big squash
  • 4 big potatoes
  • 3 onions
  • 1/4 cup extra vergine olive oil
  • 1/2 cup grated parmesan cheese (or more)
  • 3 tbsp breadcrumb
  • 5-6 ripe grape tomatoes
  • lots of basil
  • salt

So this is what we need! This kind of a belive it’s called squash in English

washed and pealed potatoes

ripe grape tomatoes and lots of basil

grated parmesan cheese


Start by pouring some olive oil in a casserole pan

Slice up the onion (as thin as you can…….Im clearly not good at this…)

and lay them on the bottom of the casserole pan

next up, slice up the squash

and place it on top of the onion so to cover it up completely

sprinkle some salt

put a few pieces of tomatoes

chopped basil

parmesan cheese

then slice up the potatoes and place them on top

again, cover the potatoes with more sliced onion, chopped tomatoes and basil, parmesan cheese and salt

To finish, cover all with more sliced squash, more grated parmesan cheese and chopped basil

and last drizzle more olive oil

Put it on the stove at medium heat, cook for a few minutes so that the onion at the bottom can get some flavor, then pour in some water

about this much, reduce to low, cover with a lid and let cook for about 20-30 min or until all veggies are cooked

Remove from the stove, sprinkle the top with more parmesan cheese

then breadcrumbs

and bake at 180 C for about 15-20 minutes or until the top has got a nice golden brown color

Let it sit for a couple of hours before serving!

This is not meant to be eaten hot! E N J O Y!!!

One serving provides:

  • Calories: 248
  • Fat: 3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 50 g
  • Protein: 9 g


About the author:

An Italian living in China with a strong passion for cooking! Browse my 'left-overs' session for many tasty grub!. Follow her on Twitter / Facebook.