Wild Mushroom Tartiflette

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Haute Savoie region of the French Alps, dotted with many Reblochon farms

As a lover of all things cheese, the Après Ski dishes from The Alps are right up my street. Fondue, Raclette, Tartiflette….all contain loads of melted cheese, so press all the right buttons for me! We were lucky enough that Lore and Sebastian bought us some Reblochon from the source, close to Lake Geneva. So, on a recent visit to the Alps we went to a Reblochon farm to see this wonderful, nutty cheese being produced.

The farm we visited had 70 dairy cows, that are milked in the morning and at night, all year round. Once the milk is collected, rennet is added to separate the milk into curd and whey.

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Curd and whey are poured into the cheese moulds

The whey escapes slowly out of small holes in the bottom of the moulds. The moulds are weighted, pressing down and the result is a solid mass of curd which will eventually ripen into the wonderful aromatic cheese, we know as Reblochon.

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Hundreds of Reblochon mature in a cool cellar

The cheeses are then left in a cool cellar to mature for at least 21 days. They are washed and turned every day. The end result is a cheese with a distinctive flavour, that should be refrigerated and enjoyed within a week or 2.

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Reblochon cheese made from raw cow´s milk.

Tartiflette

…is a dish from the Haute Savoie department of the French Alps. It´s traditionally made from potatoes, Reblochon, lardons and onions. As a non meat eater, I needed to replace the lardons with something with a lot of flavour, so we decided to make a Tartiflette using wild mushrooms. For all of you purists out there, this is not a traditional recipe, this is my take on Tartiflette! I love mushrooms anyway and their texture seemed perfect for this dish.

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A whole box of delicious Chanterelle mushrooms
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Black trumpet mushrooms
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Oyster mushrooms

Since the dish is so calorific, it´s best enjoyed after spending lots of energy, hence perfect after a day of skiing! But if you are nowhere near the slopes, you can enjoy this treat after a long walk in the fresh air. Prepare it in advance and just pop it into the oven when you get home.

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Ingredients for Wild Mushroom Tartiflette

Ingredients:

1.75 kgs potatoes, cubed

1 onion, diced

3 garlic cloves, sliced

1 Reblochon (450g), halved

100g black trumpet mushrooms

400g oyster mushrooms

400g chanterelle mushrooms

Method:

Preheat the oven to 200º. Dice the potatoes and tear the mushrooms into strips.

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Tear the mushrooms into strips

In a frying pan with a bit of oil, sautée the potatoes until they brown a little. Tip these into a large bowl and part cook all of them in batches.

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Sautée the potatoes

Then do the same with the mushrooms, then the onions and garlic together.

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Sautée the mushrooms

Season the potatoes and mushrooms, then mix thoroughly with the onions. Empty into a baking dish. Cut the Reblochon in half and put the 2 halves on top of the mushroom mix.

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Place the Reblochon halves on top of the potato mixture

Bake for an hour or until golden brown.

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Tartiflette – bubbling melted cheese and potatoes – food porn at it´s best!

Traditionally this is just served with a simple green salad. What more could you ask for? Melted, cheesy goodness, just perfect for these cold wintery days.

5 Comments Add yours

  1. Cynthia Holland says:

    Char
    I was salivating just reading your blog. Sounds absolutely wonderful. Makes me want to have a go and make it and you know how lazy I am in the lkitchen!
    Wonderful. Loving your blog!!

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    1. Give it a go and let me know how you get on. It´s only really potatoes and melted cheese so it easy to make, but it´s moreish and super tasty!

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  2. Fascinating stuff – and the recipe looks amazing!

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    1. It’s pretty easy to make, you should try it!

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