#1 – 48 Recipe Challenge – Recipe 12: Tartiflette
Ah, tartiflette. Memories of skiing holidays instantly evoked; sitting in a cabin on a mountainside enjoying a hearty lunch and a vin chaud, planning the afternoon’s skiing. It’s a dish I love in France and found a recipe for some months ago, but have never had the occasion to make (given that in this country the only exercise I do is walking so there’s generally no need for hearty lunches)! However, hosting a dinner party for some friends I met on a ski trip provided an excellent excuse for me to follow a French theme and serve tartiflette as a starter.
It was a very easy recipe to follow: par boil some potatoes, slice them and layer them in an oven dish, fry off some onions and bacon lardons in white wine, season and add to the sliced potatoes, dot with crème fraiche and layer the top with slices of Reblochon cheese. Then simply bake for 25 minutes or so until the potatoes are cooked through and the cheese is melted. A perfect dinner party dish as it can be prepared in advance and then just popped into the oven at the last minute.
I served it with a green salad and some homemade bread, and it was pronounced extremely tasty by my guests.
The taste was genuinely that of the Alps, which I think was due particularly to the Reblochon as it has a very distinctive flavour. Worth paying a little extra to get the real thing rather than using a substitute.
Basically, I really enjoyed this dish and would definitely make it again. As well as working brilliantly for a dinner party it’s also serious comfort food. There’s some leftovers in the freezer which I’m looking forward to enjoying at some point soon!
My scores for this recipe are:
Healthiness – 3/10 (lots of carbs, some high fat ingredients – exactly why it’s comfort food!)
Ease of Preparation – 9/10 (nothing challenging here but a bit of a faff slicing the potatoes)
Flavour/taste – 10/10 (a genuine taste of the mountains and SO yummy)
Here’s the recipe, I highly recommend you give it a go: