You know when you're sad but you don't really know why? I am sometimes. I just wake up, not particularly happy – sad, you might say – but I have absolutely no inkling why. I don't know whether this is a common phenomenon, or whether I'm just strange, but we all have days which you can only describe as one of those. And when I have one of those, there is only one thing that can properly comfort me. Comfort food. It's pretty self-explanatory, really; eating comfort food for comfort. When I say comfort food, I do mean something easy to make, something simple. Something I don't have to spend many hours making, something that won't challenge me. I don't remember who it was, but one food blogger defined comfort food as a ''culinary equivalent of a hug'', which pretty much sums it up. This tartiflette here gave me a big hug, so to speak.
TartifletteRecipe adapted from Gourmet Traveller
50 ml olive oil
1 onion, finely chopped
100 g. lightly smoked bacon cut into matchsticks
125 ml dry white wine
6 waxy potatoes, such as desiree, cut into small cubes (leaving skin on)
100 ml pouring cream
250 g. Reblochon or any other washed-rind cheese
Fresh thyme, for decoration (optional)
1.Preheat oven to 180°C. Heat oil in large deep-sided frying pan, add onion and bacon and cook over low heat until onion is soft (5-10 minutes), add wine and cook until evaporated (2-3 minutes). Add potato and cook until tender (10-15 minutes), then season to taste. Add cream, cook for 1 minute and remove from heat.
2.Lay half the potato mixture in an 8 cup-capacity casserole or two 4 cup-capacity baking dishes, scatter over half the cheese, then repeat with remaining potato mixture and cheese. Bake until dish is golden and bubbling and potato is tender (30-45 minutes). Serve immediately with plenty of crusty bread.