A bit of French Toast…..
Vegetarian Tartiflette Open Toastie for a Random Lunch
Any recipe or dish that has the name “Tartiflette” is okay in my book, in fact, it’s the sort of recipe name that I LOVE to repeat over and over again – I obviously need to get out more! Tartiflette is one of my favourite French recipes, real COMFORT food at its best. I DO have a recipe for this fun sounding dish, and I will post it towards the end of summer, when it cools down a bit……..hold on, what am I saying?! With the summer we have had so far, maybe I can post my recipe in JULY to warm us up a bit! But to get back to the recipe; it’s basically a baked potato and cheese dish with bacon, onions and cream…….so, pretty light on the calories then. The dish comes from the Haute Savoie region of France, and is a typical après-ski dish. I would love to tell you that the recipe is an ancient Alpine dish, but in actual fact, the recipe was commercially developed in the 1980’s as a big marketing hype to promote Reblochon cheese, the cheese that is used in this dish. Never mind its tender age though, the recipe is delicious and is a favourite all over France, as well as in my home throughout the winter.
So when I picked out a book for Dom’s Random Recipe challenge this month, and when I realised that my “Middle” recipe was on page 206/207 and it was a VEGGIE Tartiflette Toastie, I was chuffed……..what a brilliant recipe I thought, and one that would go down a treat in this Arctic summer we are having. My random book was number 256, which is River Cottage Veg Every Day – the book is 214 pages long, hence my middle recipe, The Vegiflette Toastie, being on page 206/207. It’s a book that I “borrowed” from my sister, who is a full-blown vegetarian, and not a lapsed vegetarian like me. The book is packed full of amazing veggie recipes, I can’t think of one recipe that I dislike, and it has fast become my favourite book of 2012……
……however, one teensy weensy little problem; I planned this for today’s lunch – I had the bread, I had the cheese, I had the potatoes and I had the time……..but, I didn’t have the bitter salad leaves, or, and I am astounded at this, the crème fraîche! (One of my staple ingredients) We have just come back home after being away for a week and I haven’t been shopping yet……so, I had to improvise with the recipe, and although the idea came from the book, this is very much my own recipe now, as I changed it quite a bit. I used artichoke hearts in place of bitter leaves, and extra cheese in place of the crème fraîche. It was delicious however, and I served it with a simple salad of ripe tomatoes, with a black pepper dressing and some cornichons.
I have posted my much adapted recipe below, and suggest that onions and olives, as well as few peppers or shallots would make a nice change to the artichoke hearts. I can also see this being a brilliant “meaty” recipe, with the addition of fried bacon or lardons and maybe some cooked sausages or chorizo…….it’s a moveable feast, and up to you. I used some of my own home-made sourdough bread, recipe to follow, and this meal appears in my Meal Planning Monday post too…..so, that’s it for today, I have some book and product reviews to post this week, as well as my usual recipes and kitchen notes, (ramblings!) I hope you have had a great start to the week, see you tomorrow, Karen.