Recipe of the Month – Tartiflette
I read about this dish, which was new to me, in a memoir by a transplanted American living in France. (Samantha Vérant’s book, How To Make a French Family, is coming out in April.) Rather than try to save the recipe in the eBook, I clipped two other recipes from the Internet and saved them in ChefTap.
This rustic casserole of bacon, potatoes, onion, and cheese is pure comfort food. The cheese is supposed to be Reblochon, but I didn’t find that when I was ordering groceries (online), so substituted Chaumes. Epoisses would also do. The idea is that the somewhat pungent cheese makes up for the mildness of the potatoes, so don’t use a bland cheese. (I expect that Bon Appétit in the Princeton Shopping Center will have any of these, and take note that while these are not inexpensive cheeses, the dish was well worth it to me.)
As is often the case, I read a couple of recipes online (here and here), and then did a mash-up of the two, going for ease and simplicity. I didn’t have any white wine open (called for in the Saveur recipe) but did have some crème fraîche (called for in the BBC recipe), so dolloped that (generously!) over the casserole before laying on the slices of Charmes. That provided plenty of extra moisture. And the onions added a slithery sweetness that, for me, made the dish even more appealing.
This, with a nice salad on the side, was a wonderful cold weather dinner and leftovers were easily used up over the next few days. I will definitely be making this fantastic dish again!