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Potato Hot Pot


Cuisine: French
Region: the Central Plateau and Languedoc

There are many variations of this French Potato Hot Pot recipe. (After all it’s just another way to cook potatoes, no? 🙂 )

Serves 6
Cooking time: 25 min
You need: a skillet or frying pan


  • 125g (4oz) streaky bacon or speck
  • 500g (1 Lb) potatoes, thinly sliced
  • 250g Cheddar cheese (or equivalent) coarsely grated
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Heat the bacon or speck in a heavy skillet or frying pan over moderate fire, until the fat rans out.
  2. Add the potatoes and cook for 5-6 minutes, turning constantly, browning them on all sides.
  3. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Leave the mixture of gentle fire for about 15 minutes, until the base is crisp and brown, but don’t let it catch.
  5. Invert onto a warmed plate and serve.

Notes on the Potato Hot Pot

  • Originally, this recipe suggest Tomme cheese, which is particular to the French Alps and Switzerland. The Italians make a similar cheese and they call it Toma.
  • In absence of Tomme or Toma, Cheddar or Cheddar-like cheeses will do nicely.

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