February 18, 2011 6 Comments
This weekend, after spending many hours on the ski trails I’ll be looking forward to my favorite part of each day: Apres Ski. There’s nothing more satisfying after a workout on the slopes than a glass of wine, mulled or chilled and some savory treats enjoyed in front of a fire. Whether or not skiing is on the agenda for the long weekend, these recipes are perfect comfort food ideas if you’re looking for something new to serve on a cozy movie night in or a small gathering with friends.
1. Reblochon Tartiflette
for 4 people
1 reblochon (cheese)
4 cups of potatoes
1 cup of bacon bits
salt and pepper
Melt the butter in a frying pan and fry the bacon bits, add the onions, chopped finely, fry with the potatoes. When the potatoes are nearly cooked, put them in a low oven proof dish with the bacon bits and onions then cover with the grated reblochon. Cook this in a very hot oven, until the cheese has melted and browned.
2. Croustade of apple and coconut
This recipe can be found here
3. Fondue with toast and crudites
1 glass of white wine per person
1.5 cups of cheese per person (half emmental, half beaufort)
1 clove of garlic
1 teaspoon of potato flour
1 glass of Kirsch liqueur
selection of carrots, radishes and celery sticks
1/2 loaf of sour dough loaf, sliced (slightly stale bread works the best)
Cut the cheese into strips. Mix the potato flour into the kirsch. Rub the inside of the caquelon (special fondue saucepan) with the peeled garlic clove. Heat the wine: as soon as it starts to bubble add the cut cheese, stirring all the time with a wooden spoon. Add pepper. When the cheese has all melted, add the potato flour and kirsch mixture, mixing all the time. Serve with fingers of sour dough bread and thin sticks of crisp vegetables. If anyone loses their bread in the fondue than traditionally they must buy a bottle of wine.
My suggestions for dry white wines (and personal favorites):
From left to right: Oyster Bay Sauvignon Blanc, Santa Margherita Pinot Grigio, Vinho Verde