Raclette with smoked bacon and fine herb salad


  • Serves 4 people

  • 1kg small bintje potatoes, scrubbed
  • 100 ml olive oil
  • 1 onion, thinly sliced
  • 200 gm smoked bacon, cut into lardons
  • 2 tbsp thyme, plus extra to serve
  • 400 gm raclette, thinly sliced (see note)
  • To serve: cornichons and pickled onions
  • Fine herb salad
  • 1 cup (loosely packed) micro herbs, such as cress
  • ½ cup (loosely packed) each dill, flat-leaf parsley and chives
  • 2 tbsp each lemon juice and extra-virgin olive oil
01   Cook potatoes in boiling salted water until tender (25-35 minutes), drain, cool slightly, peel, coarsely chop and set aside.
02   Meanwhile, heat half the olive oil in a frying pan over medium heat, add onion and bacon, sauté until onion is tender (10-12 minutes). Remove from pan, set aside, keep warm. Wipe pan clean, increase heat to high, add remaining oil and fry potato in batches until golden and crisp (3-5 minutes). Meanwhile, preheat grill to high heat. Combine potato, onion mixture and thyme in a 2-litre shallow ovenproof serving bowl, scatter with raclette, season to taste and grill until golden and bubbling (3-5 minutes).
03   Meanwhile, for fine herb salad, combine herbs in a bowl, set aside. Whisk lemon juice and extra-virgin olive oil together in a separate bowl, season to taste and gently toss through salad. Serve with hot raclette, cornichons and pickled onions.

Note Raclette is a semi-hard cheese available from select delicatessens.

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