Ultimate Tartiflette Recipe Made with Love: A Savory French Delight
Tartiflette is a classic French comfort food that originates from the Savoie region in the French Alps. This dish is the epitome of hearty, cheesy, and indulgent cuisine. Made with just a handful of ingredients, it’s the perfect dish to warm your soul on a chilly evening. In this recipe, I’ll guide you through the steps to create an authentic Tartiflette that will transport your taste buds to the French Alps.
For the Tartiflette, you’ll need:
- 2 lbs (900g) of waxy potatoes
- 1/2 lb (250g) of lardons (cubed bacon)
- 1 large onion, finely chopped
- 1 clove of garlic, minced
- 1 cup (240ml) of dry white wine (such as Chardonnay or Savoie wine)
- 1/2 cup (120ml) of heavy cream
- 1 Reblochon cheese (a semi-soft, creamy cow’s milk cheese)
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
Step 1: Prepare the Potatoes
1.1. Scrub the potatoes and peel them if desired. Slice them into rounds, about 1/4 inch (0.6 cm) thick.
1.2. Place the potato slices in a pot of cold, salted water and bring it to a boil. Cook the potatoes for about 5-7 minutes or until they are slightly tender but not fully cooked. Drain and set aside.
Step 2: Cook the Lardons and Onions
2.1. In a large skillet, cook the lardons over medium heat until they are crisp and have rendered their fat. Remove the lardons and place them on a paper towel-lined plate to drain, but keep the bacon fat in the skillet.
2.2. In the same skillet, add the chopped onions and garlic. Sauté them in the bacon fat until they are soft and translucent.
Step 3: Assemble the Tartiflette
3.1. Preheat your oven to 375°F (190°C).
3.2. In a large, ovenproof dish, layer half of the partially cooked potato slices. Season with salt and pepper.
3.3. Scatter half of the cooked lardons and sautéed onions over the potatoes.
3.4. Repeat with the remaining potato slices, lardons, and onions.
3.5. Pour the white wine over the layers, ensuring it’s evenly distributed.
3.6. Drizzle the heavy cream over the top.
Step 4: Cheese Layer
4.1. Cut the Reblochon cheese in half horizontally, creating two thin rounds.
4.2. Place the cheese rounds on top of the potato mixture, rind side up.
Step 5: Bake and Serve
5.1. Bake your Tartiflette in the preheated oven for about 25-30 minutes or until the cheese is melted and bubbly, and the top is golden brown.
5.2. Remove the Tartiflette from the oven and let it rest for a few minutes before serving.
Tartiflette is traditionally served hot, straight from the oven. Scoop out generous portions onto plates, making sure to get some of the creamy cheese with each serving. Pair it with a crisp, green salad and a glass of white wine for an authentic French dining experience.
Tartiflette is a beloved French dish that embodies the essence of comfort food. With its layers of creamy potatoes, crispy bacon, and melted cheese, it’s a true delight for your taste buds. Whether you’re planning a cozy dinner for family or want to impress your guests, this authentic Tartiflette recipe will surely be a crowd-pleaser. Bon appétit!