Fondue, Raclette, Tartiflette, Croziflette.. Here we got what makes France heartbeat during the winter season. I am talking about those famous winter dishes full of cheese. French people are prouder about those French Alps dishes that belong to the French food than about the Eiffel Tower, I can tell ya! Those dishes are just perfect after a day of skiing (In the Alps for sure), but you can simply enjoy those in your flat or in your house during the cold time with your relatives. Let’s start:
1 – Fondue
La Fondue, the main ingredients are cheese, cheese, and cheese. The meaning of Fondue means “melt” in English. You have to dip your little piece of bread into the hot and melting cheese in a pot in the middle of the table.
Next to the French Alps there is Switzerland and there are different kinds of Fondue from Switzerland and France but since I am French, the one I would recommend the French one call La fondue Savoyard ( from the fancy French county of Savoie).
And if you want to try it at home here the recipe (In French):
2 – Raclette
If you want to share a good moment with your friends around the dinner table as the fondue, la raclette is the perfect match. But instead of the fondue, la raclette has more ingredients: potatoes, cheese, pickles, and ham. Warning: if you decide to eat raclette at your place be careful because it is going to be quite stinky!
You need a machine, in French, we call “machine à raclette” so translated into English, it would give “raclette machine” it looks like this:
The famous French YouTuber Norman explains how works the raclette in a humoristic video (there are English subtitles):
This French dish is also one of the best-sellers of the winter in France: La Tartiflette. The main ingredients are potatoes, ham (call in French “Lardon”), and the French cheese le Reblochon that you cut by two on the top of the dish before putting into the oven.
4 – Croziflette
The Croziflette is an alternative to the Tartiflette.
This one is not as famous in France as the three previous ones. It is exactly the same recipe except that you have to switch the potatoes with the French pasta from Savoie call Crozet:
I hope you enjoy discovering those French Alps foods (fondue, raclette, tartiflette, croziflette) and you are going to cook them (if the cheese is not too expensive where you live)! I invite you to read this article about French food 3 easy and quick French dishes to cook. Do you want me to write other articles about French cuisine? Let me know in the comment section 🙂