Sunday, 17 May 2009

Petetree's Cheesey Potato Bake

One one of our numerous trips to France Pete & I enjoyed some wonderful meals at a cheese and wine restaurant in Bordeaux. One getting home, Pete attempted to recreate one simple dish we ate there and this is his rather tasty result! It's a dish we both love so we have it once every 6 weeks or so! I'd have it every week but that much cheese makes it a no-no!
April cheesey bake (can't remember which cheeses)

Petetree's Cheesey Potato Bake
Approximately 200 grams potato per person (floury variety)
Approximately 200 grams strongly-flavoured cheeses per person (roughly one third each of a hard cheese such as Comte or Gruyere, a medium-soft cheese such as Maroilles or Pont l'Eveque and a blue cheese such as Gorgonzola or Stilton)

  • Peel and chop potatoes into roughly half inch cubes.

  • Parboil the potatoes. Better to over than under do this stage but don't overcook them to the point they can't hold their shape when transferred into the cooking dish.

  • Chop or break cheese into small pieces; about half an inch. Pete often slices some of the medium-soft cheese to lay over the top.

  • Distribute potatoes and cheese evenly in a shallow oven dish; no more than 1 to 1.5 inches deep inside the dish. (You can either use individual baking dishes or one larger one for a communal meal).

  • Just a little longer!

    Perfect! This one contains Ilha Graciosa, Blue d'Auvergne and Pont l'Eveque

  • Bake at a medium heat, about 160-180 degrees, until the cheese is starting to brown on top. Time is a little dependent on the cheese mix but is approximately 45 minutes.


Anne said...

Oh oh oh, this sounds and looks soooo delicious! Potatoes + cheese = my idea of heaven!!! Gorganzola is one of my favourite cheeses and baked is just magical! mmmm am salivating at thought!!

Can see why it could be a regular dinnertime occurence but probably best left a little while inbetween eating!!

Anne said...

P.s. I've nominated you for an award, please come by to collect

Margaret said...

Sounds delicious. I know what you mean by eating too much cheese and keeping this rich dish for 'now and again'.

SarahKate said...

I love the little serving dishes you've got. Perfect size. Those look so delish!

Lorraine @ Not Quite Nigella said...

That sounds so simple yet so delicious! A real winner for a warming weekday meal :)

Michelle said...

Potatoes? Check. Cheese? Check. One helluva meal? Check!