Tartiflette (French pronunciation: [taʁtiˈflɛt]) is a dish from Savoy in the French Alps and from Aosta Valley. It is made with potatoes, reblochon cheese, lardons and onions.[1][2] A splash of white wine can be added too.[3]

Place of originFrance
Region or stateSavoy
Aosta Valley
Main ingredientsPotatoes, reblochon, lardons, onions
Similar dishesCacasse à cul nu

The word tartiflette is probably derived from the Arpitan word for potato (tartiflâ) or from the Savoyard tartifles, a term also found in Provençal and Gallo-Italian. This modern recipe was inspired by a traditional dish called péla: a gratin cooked in a long-handled pan called a pelagic (shovel).[4]

Often served as an après-ski meal, tartiflette conveys an image of Alpine authenticity and conviviality.[5]

History edit

A cooked tartiflette and grilled ham

As with many traditional dishes in the region, the potato is a staple ingredient. Savoy was historically part of the Holy Roman Empire, and the Savoyards were exposed to potato tubers earlier than the French.[citation needed] Tartiflette was first mentioned in a 1705 book, Le Cuisinier Royal et Bourgeois, written by François Massialot and his assistant cook B. Mathieu.[6]

In its modern form, tartiflette began to appear on the menus of restaurants in the ski resorts in the 1980s. Its popularity is partly thanks to the promotional effort by Le Syndicat Interprofessionnel du Reblochon to boost the sales of reblochon,[5] as is confirmed also by Christian Millau (of the Gault-Millau Guide) in his gastronomic dictionary.[citation needed]

Variations edit

A common related dish found throughout the region is the croziflette. Its preparation resembles that of the original dish in everything but the use of potatoes, in place of which minuscule squares of locally produced pasta are used. These are known as crozets de Savoie (which are usually made from buckwheat, but sometimes durum), hence the name of this dish, which is a blend of "crozet" and "tartiflette".

Another related dish is the morbiflette prepared with the Morbier cheese in place of the Reblochon.[7]

References edit

  1. ^ Willan, Anne (2007). "Tartiflette: Potato and Reblochon Cheese Melt". The Country Cooking of France. Chronicle Books. p. 60. ISBN 978-0-8118-4646-2. Retrieved 26 February 2010.
  2. ^ Clark, Melissa (2021-02-26). "Where Velvety Potatoes, Crisp-Edged Cheese and Smoky Bacon Meet". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2021-02-28.
  3. ^ "How to cook the perfect tartiflette". the Guardian. 2014-02-27. Retrieved 2021-04-24.
  4. ^ Caro (2013-03-10). "Tartiflette". Taste of Savoie. Retrieved 2021-04-24.
  5. ^ a b "La Tartiflette". Reblochon de Savoie (Syndicat Interprofessionnel du Reblochon). Retrieved 2021-04-25.
  6. ^ Barbara Ketcham Wheaton (1989) Savoring the Past: The French Kitchen and Table from 1300 to 1789
  7. ^ The Oxford Companion to Cheese. Oxford University Press. 2016-10-25. ISBN 978-0-19-933090-4.