As I promised I am sharing a savory recipe with you today! As I am from Franche-Comte, a region situated close to mountains, the traditional winter meals are mostly made of cheese. So I am pretty sure that you are familiar with fondue and maybe even raclette, well Mont d’or is very similar.
First of all what is Mont d’or? This is a cheese made of cow milk at high altitude which is very creamy and is surrounded by pine bark which gives it a smoky and woody flavor. This cheese is from France-Comte and is one the most popular winter meal in this region. I am very happy that I got to find it in Toronto as it is such a rare and particular cheese. In fact, even in France you cannot find this cheese all year round. It is available for sale only between September and May.
I found Mont d’or in one of my favorite cheese store in Toronto: Cheese Boutique (I talked about it in one of my previous post). Obviously, being a rare and an entire piece of cheese it was quite expensive but it was worth it to me as it is such a special cheese. Unfortunately they only had the Mont d’or from Switzerland and not from France but the taste is similar so it doesn’t make a big difference. The price was 68$ without tax which I know is not for everybody’s budget, but if you are from France like me and miss this cheese or simply want to try this traditional and rare cheese, I really advise you to go buy it!
Mont d’or can be eaten directly from the box, but more commonly it is heated in the oven and poured over potatoes, cold cuts and sausages. It is quite quick and easy to make so it is the perfect meal to warm you up in an instant!
Let’s start cooking!
- 1 Mont d’or
- 5cl white wine
- 1 pound of potatoes
- Your choice of cold cuts and sausages ( smoked sausages like Kielbasa are ideal)
1- Before starting cooking the cheese and the potatoes, the best is to prepare your plate of cold cuts and to cook the sausages. Preheat the oven at 450 F.
2- Place the lid of the cheese box under the box and place it on top of a piece of aluminum.
3- Dig a hole in the middle of the cheese with a spoon and pour the wine inside. Close with the aluminum so the cheese is covered. Let the cheese cook for about 30 to 40 min. You can check if the cheese is well melted by stirring it in the box.
4- In the mean time, boil your potatoes so they will be ready at the same time as the cheese. You can keep the skin on or peel it if you prefer.
Once your Mont d’or is melted, don’t forget to stir it and pour it generously on your potatoes. A dry white wine will go perfectly with this cheese.
I hope this recipe will warm you up this winter.
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