La Truffade

I've mentioned before that I live in the Auvergne region of France.  It is literally smack dab in the middle of the country.

We actually live in the biggest city of the region, which isn't saying much since most of the region is farmland inhabited by cows and sheep.  The one amazing thing about this region though is the cheese.  Most of those delicious and smelly cheeses are produced right here.  You can go and visit local farmers and buy the cheese directly from them, or better yet take a tour and see how the cheese is made.  Yum!  Some bread, some wine and cheese.  Life isn't all bad in Auvergne.

What all of this means is that the regional cuisine is focused on cheese and those "countryside" meals.  One of my absolute favorites is Truffade - which is essentially potatoes with bacon and cheese and {DELICIOUS}!


It is typically served with sausage or ham; add a glass of hot spiced wine and it is heaven on a plate, and I decided to make it this weekend.

It is definitely not figure friendly, but so delicious and so easy to prepare!

Ingredients:

2 medium yellow onions diced
1 pound of potatoes, peeled, cooked and chopped into pieces (I steamed mine in the microwave)
2 Tbs of butter
200 grams (7 oz) of bacon, diced into pieces
250 grams of a good melting cheese (9 oz) ( I used Cantal, which is a French cheese but any melting cheese will work).

In a large skillet (or pan) melt the butter and add onions.  Cook until translucent on medium heat (about 3 minutes).  Add the bacon until cooked and fat is released (an additional 3 minutes).

Reduce heat and dd the potatoes and brown them in the skillet with the butter and fat. We like ours crispy and even a little burned so I cooked mine longer.  After the potatoes are browned, turn off heat and add the cheese.  Toss until the cheese is melted and covers all of the potatoes.

You can serve this with smoked sausages or even a bratwurst, although we ate our plain with a side a salad.

It is the perfect dish for winter and some typical French comfort food.


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18 comments:

Liene said...

I've been craving truffade all week! (Can it be a pregnancy thing?) Thanks for the recipe!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

Yum! This looks delicious!

JDaniel4's Mom said...

Yum! This looks delicious!

Adrienne said...

Definately going to try this recipe! With ham, on a cold, winter night! THANKS

Mark said...

Here's the deal, I'll never make that dish in a million years. But if I ever come to visit you, I expect you to make it for me. I'll watch the kids!
Your Friend, m.
I'm so hungry right now.

Natalie said...

Sign me up! This sounds super yummy!

Jessica said...

Yes please.

Jenny said...

That looks so yummy!

Missy said...

All of these great recipes today - making me hungry!

Kim said...

I honestly don't know how you stay so thin. I would be three hundred pounds if I lived there.

jeands said...

Yumm! I'm salivating just looking at photo. And not to mention I totally envy in where you live, cheese? wow, if I'm living there I'll be in heaven.

Kimberly said...

Anything with bacon or cheese has to be delicious!

Sara Louise said...

I married a boy from the Auvergne and one of the best bonuses... visiting my in-laws and eating all the cheese!

Kiddothings said...

I'm definitely making this and what a classy name to go with it too. If only I can pronounce it correctly ;)

Kiddothings said...

I am definitely making this and what a classy name to go with it too - if only I can pronounce it correctly ;)

Hungrigyrl said...

Sounds heavenly!

labergerebasque said...

definitely must try this!

Anonymous said...

very good!

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