Cheesy Swiss bake

Cheesy Swiss bake

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(35 ratings)

Prep: 20 mins Cook: 45 mins

Easy

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

  • Freezable

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal889
  • fat60g
  • saturates34g
  • carbs46g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre4g
  • protein38g
  • salt3.57g
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Ingredients

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

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.

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jgjude
23rd Jul, 2010
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
9th Apr, 2010
4.05
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
5th Nov, 2009
4.05
Very tasty but a little on the greasy side
pidgepidge
15th Sep, 2009
4.05
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
8th Sep, 2009
Is there any alternative to the double cream?
babybex
15th Jun, 2009
4.05
great as a side dish with gammon steak, will cook again and again.
roebird1
17th Feb, 2009
4.05
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
12th Jan, 2009
3.05
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
8th Dec, 2008
3.05
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
25th Nov, 2008
5.05
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.

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