Reblochon, a soft washed-rind cheese from the French Alps, adds a luxurious creaminess and delicious pungency to this simple bacon and potato gratin.
Yield: serves 6-8
- 3 tbsp. unsalted butter
- 8 oz. slab bacon, cut into 1″ strips about 1/2″ thick
- 1 medium yellow onion, thinly sliced
- 1⁄2 cup dry white wine
- 2 1⁄2 lb. waxy potatoes, peeled and thinly sliced
- Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
- 1 lb. reblochon cheese (murrayscheese.com) sliced 1/4″ thick
- Heat oven to 375°. Grease an oval 2 1⁄2-qt. casserole dish with 2 tbsp. butter. Heat remaining butter and the bacon in a 12″ skillet over medium heat. Cook until bacon is slightly crisp, 10–12 minutes. Using a slotted spoon, transfer bacon to paper towels to drain. Add onion to skillet; cook until slightly caramelized, 7–9 minutes. Add wine; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium; cook until reduced by half, 2–3 minutes. Stir in potatoes, salt, and pepper; cook until just tender, 8–10 minutes. Spread half the potato mixture evenly in prepared dish; top with half each the reserved bacon and the cheese. Repeat with remaining potato mixture, bacon, and cheese; bake until top is browned and filling is bubbling, about 25 minutes.