Avengers' potatoes

Avengers' potatoes
Lurking behind this strange name (see reason below) is a kind of potato-cheese gratin, which is wrapped in thin slices of bacon. It's cooked first on the hob, then in the oven.
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Last modified on: February 21th 2011

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Step by step recipe

Stage 1 - 30 min.
Avengers' potatoes
Wash and peel 1 kg 500 g potatoes, cut into even medium sized slices

Stage 2 - 10 min.
Avengers' potatoes
Put the potato slices in a pan, cover with water, salt and bring to boil.

As soon as it boils, remove from heat and drain in strainer.

Set aside.

Preheat oven to 390°F (200°C).

Stage 3 - 1 min.
Avengers' potatoes
In a large pan that can be used both on the hob and in the oven (with metal or removable handle), melt 1 tablespoon goose fat (or butter).

Stage 4 - 15 min.
Avengers' potatoes
As soon as fat is melted, remove pan from heat, and lay 200 g belly (streaky) bacon slices in bottom (bacon should be as thin as possible).

Make a kind of rose-window shape, radiating from centre...

Stage 5
Avengers' potatoes
...all round up and over the sides.

No matter if some slices overlap others a little, especially in centre, ideally you should no longer be able to see the bottom of the pan .

Stage 6 - 5 min.
Avengers' potatoes
Put one third of potatoes onto bacon, salt, pepper and add half grated cheese.

Stage 7 - 5 min.
Avengers' potatoes
Make another potato layer, add rest of cheese and a final layer of potatoes.

Stage 8 - 5 min.
Avengers' potatoes
Fold bacon slices over on top.

Stage 9 - 3 min.
Avengers' potatoes
Put the pan on high heat for 2 or 3 minutes, to start cooking and brown bacon.

Stage 10 - 40 min.
Avengers' potatoes
Put in the oven for about 40 minutes, until potatoes are soft.

Stage 11
Avengers' potatoes
Turn out by inverting pan onto a dish or a big plate.

Serve if possible with green salad and a good French dressing (vinaigrette).
This is a very approximate recipe, don't hesitate to change all ingredients to your taste: a bit more of this, a bit less of that will pose no problem.

The strange name "avenger's potatoes"? Oh yes, here's the reason: it came from another recipe by famous French chef Joel Robuchon called "pommes des vendangeurs" (grape-pickers' potatoes). When we made it for the first time, my elder son Jeremy was 10 and he loved it (like all the family) and asked for more "avengers' potatoes" because that was what he'd understood by this new word. Of course, it's easier to understand the confusion in French, because the words "avengers" (vengeurs) and "grape-pickers" (vendangeurs) are quite similar. Anyway we kept the name for this (now) traditional family recipe.
Several days in the fridge, covered by a plastic film.
Joël Robuchon, via Jérémy.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
2,903 Kcal or 12,154 Kj70 gr292 gr162 gr
145 %27 %28 %24 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
160 Kcal or 670 Kj4 gr16 gr9 gr
8 %1 %2 %1 %
Per person
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
484 Kcal or 2,026 Kj12 gr49 gr27 gr
24 %4 %5 %4 %
% are calculated relative to a Recommended Dietary Intake or RDI of 2000 k-calories or 8400 k-joules by day for a woman (change to a man).
Possible allergens in this recipe: Milk
How much will it cost?
  • For 6 people : 3.59 €
  • Per person : 0.60 €

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This recipe uses (among others)
PotatoesPotatoes: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Hasselback or "Swedish-style" potatoes, Fillets of sole Dieppoise, Mushroom velouté, Seafood sauerkraut, Green bean purée, ... All
Belly (streaky) baconBelly (streaky) bacon: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Meatballs, Larded pork tenderloin, Rillons de Tours, Pâté de campagne, Sausagemeat, ... All
Grated cheeseGrated cheese: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Cassoulet-style shepherd's pie., Stuffed artichokes au gratin, Baker's pizza, Alpine gratin, Gratin of beet tops and potatoes, ... All
Goose fatGoose fat: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Sarladaise potatoes, Breton leek and mushroom tart, Röstis, Foie gras cured in salt, Icelandic-style fish and vegetable pie, ... All
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