Morbiflette is a potato gratin on steroids! The Morbier cheese is melted on top of a creamy, winy and aromatic bed of potatoes. A pure delight for cheese lovers!

Morbiflette is a tartiflette (potato covered with cream, fresh bacon bits, onions and reblochon cheese) but with Morbier cheese instead! If you are, like me, a cheese lover… This is the dish for you! Morbier isn’t a comparable cheese except maybe to Raclette cheese for its texture. Although its taste is bolder and brings in a lovely mineral tang no other cheese has. You’ll see, this cheesy dish is so simple and addictive… one bite is just never enough.

Morbier Cheese Origin

Morbiflette

The protagonist is Morbier, a semi-soft cow cheese with a layer of vegetable rye in the middle. Two decades ago, the cheese was created by the cowherds from a calm land in the East part of France called the Franche-Comté region. This is where they make those big wheels of “Conté cheese”. If there were any leftovers of milk, they would fill up half a mould, then add ash to it. In order to prevent the bugs from touching it overnight.

Morbiflette

The following day they would fill the other half of the mould with fresh milk and then cure it for 45 days. The cheesemongers would keep these particular cheeses for themselves. Wouldn’t have been well seen to sell it to ordinary people and even less for the aristocrats. Today the roles got reversed…Morbier is seen as a “highly gastronomic cheese”! Nowadays the cheese still has its distinct hash layer although it’s purely decorative.

Alternative Ingredients

The traditional recipe contains bacon bits, which you fry with the onions at first. If you fancy bacon, go ahead! Also, you could use lovely small pieces of sausage.

To Serve

Morbiflette

Here, it’s served in a 20 cm clay pot, a full main meal. In France, they eat Morbiflette or tartiflette as an appetizer (10 cm pots) next to a green salad. It pairs perfectly with caperberries, olives, pickles, marinated onions, etc.

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Morbiflette

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 people
Calories 2179
Morbiflette is a of potato gratin on steroids, the unique Morbier cheese is melted on top of a creamy, winy and aromatic bed of potatoes! A pure delight for cheese lovers!

Ingredients

  • 4 slices of Morbier cheese (3mm thick)
  • 6 potatoes
  • 2 onions (finely sliced)
  • 45 ml heavy cream
  • 3 tbsp white wine (*optional)
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp thyme (fresh branch would be ideal)
  • salt and pepper (to taste)

Instructions 

  • Boil the potatoes in water until tender. (I keep the skin and peel after but you can just take it off before.)
  • In a pan, melt the butter, add the onion, wine, thyme, salt and pepper, reduce the onion, medium-high heat, until soft.
  • *optional: at this point, if you want the fresh bacon bits, make them, high heat, in the pan.
  • Cut thick slices of the cooked potatoes, add the onion, cream, *fresh bacon bits, nutmeg, salt, pepper and the famous slices of Morbier on top.
  • Grill in the oven at 210°C (350F) for about 10 minutes or until cheese is melted.

Notes

Serve with olives, pickles, marinated onions, caper-berries, etc.
 
Author: Marie Breton
Calories: 2179kcal
Course: Aperitivo, Plato principal
Cuisine: Francesa
Keyword: cheese, gratin, morbiflette, sweet potato, wine sauce

Nutrition

Calories: 2179kcal | Carbohydrates: 129g | Protein: 109g | Fat: 137g | Saturated Fat: 86g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 39g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 484mg | Sodium: 2930mg | Potassium: 3545mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 3084IU | Vitamin C: 45mg | Calcium: 954mg | Iron: 8mg
Nutrition Facts
Morbiflette
Amount per Serving
Calories
2179
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
137
g
211
%
Saturated Fat
 
86
g
538
%
Trans Fat
 
0.2
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
4
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
39
g
Cholesterol
 
484
mg
161
%
Sodium
 
2930
mg
127
%
Potassium
 
3545
mg
101
%
Carbohydrates
 
129
g
43
%
Fiber
 
10
g
42
%
Sugar
 
11
g
12
%
Protein
 
109
g
218
%
Vitamin A
 
3084
IU
62
%
Vitamin C
 
45
mg
55
%
Calcium
 
954
mg
95
%
Iron
 
8
mg
44
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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