Evelyn Chartres Author

Tartiflette au Brie

A recipe that combines potatoes, bacon, white wine and cheese to create a ready-to-serve meal or served up as a side. This recipe is said to have its origin from the French Alps, and is traditionally prepared with Reblochon cheese.

Since I have difficulty finding Reblochon cheese in local stores, I opted to use Brie or Camembert instead. Make sure to remove the rind prior to slicing. It also helps if you freeze the cheese for thirty minutes or so to make removing the rind easier.


  • 1½ pounds (680 g) of potatoes
  • ½ pound (225 g) of sliced bacon
  • ½ cup (120 ml) of minced onions
  • 2 cloves of garlic (5-10 g) pressed
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of salt
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of pepper
  • ½ cup (120 ml) of dry white wine
  • ½ pound (225 g) of brie or camembert (divided)


  1. Pre-heat oven to 350°F (180°C).
  2. (Optional) Place cheese in the freezer.
  3. Peel and cut potatoes into small cubes. Heat in the microwave on high for 3 to 6 minutes until soft. Immerse in water and set aside to prevent discolouration.
  4. Cut bacon into ¼ inch (0.6 cm) long pieces. Sauté over medium-high heat until browned. Drain, remove from heat, and set aside.
  5. Oil pan, add onions and garlic. Sauté until browned.
  6. Add bacon and drained potatoes. Season with salt, pepper, and herbs. Mix thoroughly.
  7. Add wine and heat for about five minutes. Alcohol will evaporate and wine will thicken into a sauce.
  8. Remove from heat and place first half of mixture in a baking dish. Set aside what’s left.
  9. Remove rind from cheese using a vegetable peeler or a paring knife. Cut into two half-circles then slice into three or more layers. To prevent cheese sticking to the blade, run it through warm water prior to every slice.
  10. Layer half of the cheese onto the potato mix in the baking dish.
  11. Layer remaining half of potatoes, and top with last of cheese.
  12. Place in the oven for about 20 minutes or until hot and bubbling.

Creamy Bacon Leek Soup

Featured_Creamy_Bacon_Leek_SoupThere is nothing better than coming home from a cold winter’s day and be greeted by a warm bowl of soup! This recipe combines bacon, potatoes, leeks and cream to create a surprisingly tasty dish. Top with aged cheddar for an additional zing.


  • 19 ounces (550 g) of potatoes peeled and cubed
  • 3 leeks (approximately 750 g)
  • 8 ounces (250 g) of uncooked bacon
  • 3 tablespoons (45 ml) of butter (separated)
  • 2 cloves garlic (5-10 g) pressed
  • 1 teaspoon (5 ml) of salt
  • ½ teaspoon (2.5 ml) of pepper
  • 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of Italian seasoning (optional)
  • 4 cups (940 ml) of chicken broth
  • 2 cups (470 ml) of cream
  • ¼ cup (60 ml) of shredded cheddar cheese (per bowl)


  1. Cut leeks lengthwise then chop into ½ inch (1.25 cm) pieces.  In cool water, separate leeks into individual layers to clean.  Remove from water and leave in a colander to dry.
  2. With a large pot (approximately 7.5 litres) melt 2 tablespoons (30 ml) on medium heat.
  3. Cut bacon strips into ½ inch (1.25 cm) pieces then drop into the pot.  Cook bacon until it begins to brown.
  4. Melt remaining 1 tablespoon (15 ml) of butter then add potatoes and garlic into the pot. Sauté for about five minutes. Optionally add Italian seasoning.
  5. Add leeks then cook for approximately 5 minutes.  Leeks will decrease in volume considerably during this time.
  6. Pour in chicken broth, bring to a boil then simmer on low until potatoes are soft (approximately an hour).
  7. Allow to cool for 2-3 minutes before pouring in cream.  Replace on low and simmer for 20 minutes.
  8. Fill a bowl then cover in shredded cheese.
  9. Makes roughly eight bowls.