Recipe by Dan
"A potato casserole that is a favorite in France. It's a specialty from the Savoie (Alps) region. Perfect for a cold day--especially after a day on the slopes. I use Brie when making it in the U.S. Reblochon cheese is the authentic cheese for the dish, but it's impossible to find in the USA. Raclette cheese mixed with Gruyere is also a good substitute."
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2 1/2 pounds
red potatoes, peeled and cut into 1/4-inch slices
yellow onion, diced
bacon, cut crosswise into 1/4-inch pieces
1 (8 ounce) container
salt and ground black pepper to taste
1 (8 ounce) round
Brie cheese, sliced
This recipe is very good. I have made this dish several times before finding this version (most of them are alike, with small exceptions). I have always used Reblochon cheese - it is regularly available here in Monterey County, California, at the better cheese shops. Yes, Brie works - but it often has an ammonia smell/taste which is never the case with Reblochon. This is a great side dish, easy to make and pleasing to almost everybody.
Well, whats not to love about carbs smothered in cheese, creme and bacon? I think this is a good recipe. I had this a few times when I was in France and it is fabulous treat after a day on the slopes or while sipping on a Sancerre on a cold winter's night in Paris. I had to go to 3 cheese stores to find the Reblochon because brie just isn't the same. Having said that, probably isn't necessary. The one thing I would change to this recipe is blending a glass of white wine (a Sancere or Sauvignon Blanc) with the creme fraiche. Also, I don't think it needs to be cooked for so long at that temperature. If you want it to bake quicker, put it in a 450F oven for 17-20 minuts uncovered.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Serving Size: 1/12 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 12
Amount Per Serving
Calories from Fat: 200
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