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Wintery nights spent snuggled up at home call for the ultimate in comfort food – and what can be more comforting than a creamy, cheesy Savoyarde Tartiflette? Straight from the French region of Haute-Savoie (where dairy products are no laughing matter), this delicious casserole of potatoes, bacon and Reblochon cheese ticks all the right boxes – unless of course you’re starting a diet.
Yes, granted, runny cheese and salty meat loaded with carbohydrates and full-fat cream isn’t the healthiest thing in the world, but let’s face it, sometimes, it’s just so worth it.
3 medium waxy potatoes
1 onion, sliced
150g pancetta, cut into 1cm lardons
100g Reblochon cheese, cut into cubes (leave the rind on as this gives the dish a nice crispy crust)
100ml double cream
Salt and pepper
1. Peel and slice the potatoes into thick slices – about 1cm. Boil until tender.
2. Heat some oil in a saucepan and add the onion. Fry until soft, add the bacon, and continue to fry until the onion becomes lightly browned.
3. Preheat the grill to its highest setting. Layer the sliced potatoes and onion and bacon mixture in a suitable heatproof dish (if making for a special occasion this also works well in individual casserole dishes). Place the cubes of Reblochon amongst the potatoes and bacon so that everything is more or less evenly distributed.
4. Drizzle with cream and season with salt (not too much as the bacon is already salty) and pepper.
5. Grill for about 5 minutes, until the cheese is bubbling and brown on top. Serve with a green salad (or another similar vegetable) and a tart dressing. Bon appétit!