This delightful dish of vegetables stuffed with mashed potato flavoured with Parmesan cheese, garlic, basil and oregano comes from the city of Sanremo. It is very filling so can be served for lunch or supper along with a good salad. You can eat it either hot or cold. I like to prepare it for parties and serve it cold with salads because it is inexpensive to make and more original than other kinds of party food.
Prepare the vegetables for stuffing. Peppers, tomatoes, celery sticks and basil and lettuce leaves can be stuffed raw, but courgettes, aubergines and peeled onions must be lightly boiled for about 3 minutes, then cut in half or quartered and made into a shape that can be filled. When all the vegetables are ready, set them to one side.
Boil the potatoes in water until soft, mash them and mix in the chopped herbs, garlic,
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