Cheesy Swiss bake

Cheesy Swiss bake

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Cooking time

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 45 mins

Skill level

Easy

Servings

Serves 4

A hearty Alpine-style bake with rich cheese and smoky bacon – ideal after a day on the slopes…or just a walk round the park

Nutrition and extra info

Additional info

  • Freezable
Nutrition info

Nutrition per serving

kcalories
889
protein
38g
carbs
46g
fat
60g
saturates
34g
fibre
4g
sugar
0g
salt
3.57g

Ingredients

  • 1kg floury potatoes, cut into bite-sized chunks
  • knob of butter
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 200g smoked bacon, cut into small pieces
  • 125ml dry white wine
  • 142ml pot double cream
  • 350g raclette cheese, grated
  • ½ tsp smoked paprika

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Method

  1. Heat oven to 200C/fan 180C/gas 6. In a large pan, boil the potatoes for 5 mins, then drain and tip into a large mixing bowl.
  2. Melt the butter in a saucepan and gently fry the onion until soft. Add the bacon and cook for a further 5 mins. Mix the bacon and onion with the potatoes in the bowl.
  3. Stir in the wine, cream, most of the cheese and a little paprika. Season and mix together, then spread over a large (30cm long x 4cm deep) buttered baking dish. Sprinkle with the remaining cheese, cover with foil and cook for 25 mins. Remove the foil, sprinkle a little more paprika over the top and cook for a further 20 mins until the cheese is golden brown.

Recipe from Good Food magazine, January 2006

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jgjude's picture

If you do it with half the amount of potatoes and add in some macaroni, and keep some sautéed onions for the top (they turn lovely and crispy in the oven) you will have a lovely Swiss Dish called Alpen Maccarone which is traditional served with apple sauce. O and its also usually made with ham but I love the taste of bacon and cheese together!

splodgemeister's picture
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I've made this a few times now and absolutely love it. I always use gruyere as like most people I can not find raclette. I do only make it as an occasional treat though because the quantity of cheese needed actually makes this simple dish a bit expensive. But it's always yummy!

alikazam's picture
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Very tasty but a little on the greasy side

pidgepidge's picture
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Very good, though will make changes next time (and I WILL make it again)... Raclette is such a strong cheese that I was surprised to find this a tiny bit bland. I forgot to buy bacon, so skipped the meat (to be fair, this obviously may have contributed to the slight blandness), but I added a heaped teaspoon of wholegrain mustard to the cream-wine mixture (and will add a bit more next time, even if I add meat as well). To make it a bit more healthy, I threw in some broccoli and cauliflower (added halfway through when the potatoes boiled) and a handful of frozen peas at the very end, which worked great--I suspect mushrooms would work too. I also sprinkled some lightly ground walnuts over the top at the end, which was a great addition for taste and also texture.

alic86's picture

Is there any alternative to the double cream?

babybex's picture
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great as a side dish with gammon steak, will cook again and again.

roebird1's picture
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Cooked this to go with some leftover gammon. Very easy to make, and extremely tasty. We used gruyere, as suggested above, and it worked fine.

nefetiti's picture
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This was a family favourite a few years ago and we've made it ever since but with different variations on the cheese as we can't seem to find Raclette for love nor money. Nice

emmagotz's picture
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Didn't have any Raclette at my local Sainsbury so used combination of gruyere, emmental and chedder, but will make the effort to find raclette next time. As I'm veggie (but hubby is not) I used quorn 'pretend' bacon. Was very yummy and hubby liked it too. Served it as main course with steamed cabbage an carrots.

lynniebracken's picture
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wow this is gorgeous i cant get enough of it. i think its fab on its own but is great with loads of things especialy sausages, roast chicken or grilled salmon .YUMMY.

melaniepugh's picture

going to try this tomorrow, having trouble getting the cheese but will get something close. What do you guys have it with or do you have it on its own??

keiblob's picture
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Great recipe, simple and delicious. I used a raclette-type cheese that I picked up at a french market and it still worked very well. I wasn't sure what would go with this and so just served it with a simple salad. Does anyone have any ideas as to what to serve this with?

caffeechino's picture

I made this today and everyone loved it. I didn't have the right cheese so used cheddar which worked well and I didn't have to use as much. They are already requesting a repeat.

nicolawatt2000's picture
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Loved this recipe for Monday night tea.

shellbell751's picture
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This was so delicious! We couldn't find raclette so used gruyere instead but only used 200g as that is all we had. Leave it to rest for 10-15 mins as it's VERY hot!

regornotrub's picture

We have made this for years under the name tartaflete, if you aregoing to make the effort you really must use raclette, you can get it by going to any good delli and putting in an order, thats what we have to do on the Island, takes about 3 days, but it is so worth it.

buttons5's picture

I made this and it was really nice i did not use the dry white wine, but this was still really nice

sarahwol's picture

This was delicious... totally worth the calorfic content! Couldn't find any Raclette, but I live in place with no limes! Used Gruyere instead but will hunt out the Big Cheese......!

joeinnes's picture
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Very tasty, but very very greasy. I didn't have paprika, I used oregano and rosemary instead. I also wouldn't bother greasing next time, it all just seemed to melt and congregate at the bottom.

kaseswiss's picture

You can get good quality Swiss Raclette from Borough Market in London, Selfridges or Wholefoods.

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