Tartiflette is a modern French dish based on the traditional gratin made with potatoes and melted cheese. If you’re looking for warm comfort food to enjoy on chilly evenings, look no further than this inexpensive and satisfying one-pot meal. This dish is from the Haute-Savoie French Alps Valley and is a simple and hearty combination of potato, bacon, onion, and cheese. Click here for my French Tartiflette Recipe. For the last couple of decades, it has became a staple winter dish in French kitchens.
The name Tartiflette is from the Franco-Provencal language (patois) that means “potato” (tartifla) and it is funny because any word ending with “flette” is cute. The actual recipe calls for (and was created to use) Reblochon cheese, a soft raw-milk. Reblochon is no longer available in the USA because of the new laws about pasteurization of soft cheeses, so my twist is using Raclette cheese which is available at Trader Joe’s. This dish is really delicious and so easy to make and perfect when you have last minute company!
My sister originally introduced me to Tartiflette. When my sister and I stay at my parents’ house in the Basque country we usually take turns cooking lunch and dinner. We’re all crazy about great cuisine and cooking as a family so there is always a new dish to try or learn about. Cooking in my mother’s kitchen is always a happy affair. Her kitchen is large with a gorgeous view of the garden, the flowers, the pine trees… with plenty of counterspace and room to chop, cook, and gather.
One day when my sister Martine and I were staying at my parent’s house years ago, my sister decided to share an easy recipe from the Alps that she had tasted at a friend’s party in Paris. I remember how I laughed when I heard the cute name of this dish: Tartiflette.
In my fridge, I always have the basics for this recipe: Cubetti Pancetta (pancetta mini-cubes), Raclette cheese, and Creme Fraiche … all from Trader Joe’s (and extra thanks to TJ’s, the Raclette cheese is now conveniently sliced). So when I want to make something fast and comforting I make my sister’s Tartiflette. The recipe is here and I’d love to hear how you liked it.