I've been cooking French food lately.
I've been cooking French comfort food, like Aligot.
I picked up a couple of little recipe books at the local DIY store – the kind that have a theme. One was on 'cocottes' or little dishes done in small ramekins.
The other was on 'gratins'.
Not potato or vegetable gratins, but main course gratins.
This was the first one I tried.
I have to tell you this is the richest, most decadent dish I have made in years…. Maybe ever.
I couldn't believe it was a French recipe!
They surely can't eat like this and maintain their svelte figures.
I had assumed (yes, I know) because it only had 10oz (300gr) of beef in it, that it served two.
It was for four.
Four servings, with a crunchy baguette, a crisp salad and some fruit, would be perfect.
Eating the whole thing between the two of us was too much.
Well not really….
We moaned a bit, but we managed.
And it was really, really good.
When I make it again, (and I will) I'll refrigerate half before I have the first bite. If I wait I don't think I'll have the willpower.
2 medium onions. thinly sliced
2 medium leeks, thinly sliced
10oz (300gr) ground beef
2oz (60gr) bacon, roughly chopped
5oz (150gr) strong munster cheese, shredded
5oz (150gr) crème fraîche
2 tbs Dijon-style mustard
1 tbs whole grain mustard
2 tbs olive oil
Sauté the onions in 1 tbs olive oil until very soft and tender. Add beef and brown, breaking it up as it cooks. Add salt and pepper to taste.
In another skillet sauté leeks and bacon in 1 tbs olive oil until leeks are soft and bacon is cooked.
Stir together half the crème fraîche and both mustards. Add beef, onions, mix well and put into a deep baking dish just large enough to hold everything. Cover with leeks and bacon.
Combine the rest of the crème fraîche and cheese. Spread evenly over the top. Bake at 400F (200C) until nicely browned, about 30 minutes.
A word of caution: This is seriously decadent, rich, delicious. I stopped eating several times, but the fork just kept dipping again…. and again…. and again….
And then it was gone.