Tartiflette

A wonderful wintery dish!
A tartiflette is made with Reblochon cheese, potatoes, bacon, onions, garlic and cream. A favorite in ski areas and winter wonderlands everywhere for it is a hearty, warm and rich dish. We served it as a side dish in this holiday menu:
Champagne Reception
Veuve Clicquot Rosé
Shrimp Cocktail
Gouréres au Cumin
First Course
Nigl Grüner Veltliner 2007
Moules å la Mariniére
French Baguette
Salad Course
Chèvre Chaud, Green Salad, Dijon Vinaigrette
Main Course
Domaine Henri Jouan Chambolle Musigny 2005
Filet Mignon Chausseur
Tarragon Horseradish Crème
Side Dishes
Tartiflette
Carottes de Bébé avec du Miel
Dessert
Vol-au-Vent with Winter Fruits and Vanilla Yogurt
Coffee & Tea
Chocolate Candies

And while we were in the kitchen prepping our holiday meal, look who came to visit Susan’s back yard. Those are ornamental deer under the arch, and their live counterparts came by to check them out! See the three deer in the right of the photo? Magical!

Reblochon is a raw cow’s milk cheese from the Alps region of Savoie. It is creamy, nutty, with full-flavor (somewhat stinky). In the middle-ages, farmers there were required to pay rent to the landowners in the form of milk and cheese based on production. The crafty farmers would hold back some of the milk until after the tax collector had left, then go back to finish milking the cows. This second-milking produced a richer milk, and was used to make their special Reblochon cheese. Cheese made from unpasteurized milk aged less than 60 days is not legally imported into the US, so we used a substitute cheese, Fromage de Savoie, made in the same manner but with pasteurized milk.

We had a fabulous time visiting Susan in New Jersey. We woke up early, had our coffee and began cooking. Everyone had an assignment which was loads of fun (and I sure appreciated the help)! Here my brother and sister-in-law are working on their projects. Don is making dessert; cooking quince, pears and oranges in a sugar and cinnamon syrup. Kristy is cooking the bacon for the tartiflette, and in the foreground, I am working on leeks and celery for the mussels.

Meanwhile Susan is prepping the goat cheese medallions with egg wash and panko breadcrumbs. It will be refrigerated and ready to fry in peanut oil later on. And a big thanks to Esther (in the back) who is helping everyone keep a clean workspace.

Kristy’s tartiflette turned out great: Sliced waxy potatoes are boiled in water until al dente. A sprig of fresh rosemary adds a nice essence. Sliced onions are sautéed in some of the bacon fat until golden brown, minced garlic is added at the end and cooked for a few more minutes.

Layer potatoes in baking dish, then onions with garlic, then bacon. Season with a little salt and fresh ground pepper.

Repeat. Then about a half cup of cream is poured over the top.

Top with sliced Reblochon/Fromage de Savoie. We recommend leaving the rind on.

The tartiflette was baked at 400°F early in the day. Later we would put it back in the oven to heat right before dinner. I first saw this dish on Fiona Beckett’s blog and knew immediately it would be a big hit around here. For a more detailed recipe and if you are a cheese aficionado, do check our her blog and her excellent book, Cheese: From Fondue to Cheesecake which has inspiring recipes and beautiful photographs.
I was wondering why I hadn’t had this delicious tartiflette before, as I lived and skied in Aspen for 4 years after college. It is supposed to be a favorite of skiers after all? Fiona answers that question for me in her book, apparently tartiflette was invented by the local cheese commission in order to sell more Reblochon cheese, in the 1980’s! Well, that explains it.
Please come back soon to read more about the special dinner later that evening at Susan’s…

Happy Holidays to All!

13 thoughts on “Tartiflette”

  1. What an exquisite menu and wine tasting! The ‘tart’ looks delicious. I’m sure the deer had no interest in their fake images other than that they stood between them and what was cooking in the kitchen! Great photo.

  2. Say Joan – there I go anthropomorphizing animal intentions again, perhaps it comes from living with dogs? I’ll go ask Wilson.
    Thanks and happy holidays!
    LL

  3. I knew those were NJ deer in the photo!
    That is my kind of menu!
    Next time in NJ, please give us a visit!
    You can cook in my kitchen!
    Stace

  4. Everything looks so gorgeous and inviting…I’m living vicariously.. cream, bacon, molten cheese, when was the last time I lived in that neighborhood?
    Just for fun, go to my blog,click on “Recipe”…..
    Best wishes for the New Year…

  5. I’ve seen the tartiflette before and you do need a proper cheese where it doesn’t separate on you. I’ll be on a hunt for Reblechon.

    PS…cool that the live deer came to say ‘hi’.

  6. Hi:

    What a amazing blog. I bookmark it in my favorites…Very nice cooks and pics..Congratulations – from Brazil!

    Best Regards

    Mario
    Brazil

  7. That looks and sounds wonderful Lori Lynn! I always love your cheese dishes and choices! I dream of your quiche in the red dish.. I’m so glad I dream in color! 🙂

  8. Wow! What beautiful photos and how lucky you are to have such a nice family.

    I love your holiday menu with the wine pairings – Such a great idea if you’re like me and clueless about wine 🙂

  9. Back in 2005, when I hiked a little too long in the Swiss/French alps, this was the dish I ordered (and devoured) to refuel… but I just wanted to say that it looks absolutely delicious and I’ll have to try it again now that I’m not lonely and cold!

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