Simply Made With Potatoes & Cheese
Truffade is a dish traditionally associated with Auvergne in France. Truffade is not the same as aligot, even though they are from the same region of France. But it is a variation on the same theme with potatoes and cheese.
What Is Truffade?
It is a sort of thick pancake made with thinly sliced potatoes that are slowly cooked in goose or duck fat until tender, then mixed with thin strips of Tome fraiche de Cantal.
This mix is stirred until it sticks together in a sort of thick pastry, sometimes decorated with fresh parsley.
What is Tome Fraiche de Cantal cheese like? It is a firm cheese and according to Gourmet Sleuth "When young, it has a mild, buttery flavor that over time develops into a pleasant bite that is reminiscent of sharp cheddar.
So you can imagine how good this will taste!
What Other Recipe Is This Similar To?
Truffade is not the same as Aligot, even though they are from the same region of France. But it is a variation on the same theme with potatoes and cheese. Both of these dishes could be considered close to the North American popular dish, Scalloped Potatoes.
Potato Soup With Cheese is also made primarily from the same main ingredients, potatoes, and cheese, with onions and a selection of condiments added in.
What Substitutions Will Work?
It is important to use Tome fraiche de Cantal, a cheese that is quite different from regular Tomme cheese. The recipe won't be the same if Tomme cheese is used because it melts in a very different way than Tome Fraiche. The problem with this is that regular Tomme cheese is widely available in the UK and the USA, but the Tome fraiche de Cantal isn't. Even so, although I've pointed out the deficiency, try it with Tomme if that is all you can get, but it would never get a French seal of approval. 😉
(You can in a pinch, substitute a sharp cheddar mixed with mozzarella cheese, but the same deficiencies hold true as the Tomme.)Print