This is a dish based on the traditional 'Tartiflette' that we enjoyed with French friends earlier in 2015. When I told Chantal that I included mushrooms in my recipe, and that I didn't use Reblochon cheese, she said "That's not Tartiflette, you can't call it Tartiflette". So this is my take on this traditional Alpine dish, perhaps also suitable for a cold March day in Timperley.
350 gm potatoes (waxy/red are good) - thinly sliced
250 gm bacon (smoked is good) - get two hand-cut slices from the butcher and cut into small squares (or buy lardons)
4 shallots or a small red onion - sliced
2 cloves garlic - crushed
150 gm chestnut mushrooms - sliced
200 ml double cream
250 gm Linset Chaorce cheese
Salad ingredients of your choice
1 Heat oven to 200 degrees C.
2 Boil the potatoes in salted water until they soften (6-7 minutes).
3 Drain and cool the potatoes.
4 Fry the bacon, garlic and onion/shallots with a dash of olive oil for 5-6 minutes until they soften, then add the sliced mushrooms and continue frying for 4-5 minutes.
5 De-glaze the pan with white wine.
6 Put the bacon mixture in a buttered gratin dish, then layer the sliced potatoes on top.
7 Pour the double cream evenly over the top of the potatoes.
8 Season with salt and pepper.
9 Overlay with slices of Chaorce cheese. This is more readily available in the UK than Reblochon, which can also be used, as can other soft, melty cheeses.
10 Bake in the oven at 200C until the cheese is golden and bubbling.
Enjoy with some green, or more elaborate, salad.
Based on a Tartiflette recipe from Robert, the Solitary Walker. Thanks Robert.