I thought I would share an easy supper dish with you today. We were first introduced to it during a visit to France some time ago and while this recipe may not be traditional (I couldn't find one) the flavour is good. It is made using Reblochon cheese. This is a 'smelly' cheese, so don't leave it lying around in your refrigerator for too long! It takes about 45 minutes from start to finish.
375g/12 ozs potatoes, scrubbed but not peeled.
25g/1 oz butter
1 small onion, chopped
250g/ 8 ozs bacon or ham, chopped
1 miniature Reblochon cheese, or half a large one
5 tbsp single cream or milk
salt and black pepper
Preheat the oven to 220 deg C/ Gas Mark 7.
Thickly slice then boil the potatoes for 5 - 10 minutes until tender.
While the potato is cooking, heat the butter in a frying pan and fry the onion and bacon until lightly browned - about 5 mins. Remove from the pan and set aside. Add a little more butter, if necessary, and then add the potato slices and brown for about 2 minutes each side until golden.
Cut the cheese in half through the middle, then cube it, leaving the crust on. Make layers of the potato, bacon and cheese in a buttered gratin dish. Season as you go, but take it easy with the salt. Pour the milk or cream over the top and then bake it for 20 minutes until the top is brown and slightly crisp.
Serve with a crisp green salad. Enjoy!
If you can't find Reblochon cheese you can substitute a mix of Cheddar and Emmental, but it won't be quite so good!