Hot box cheese

Hot box cheese
This recipe is a great classic from Franche-Comté (area of eastern France). A Mont-dor cheese (from this area) is oven cooked in its wooden box with a little dry white wine, and served melted over baked potatoes. It's a dish for a winter evening meal with friends, very easy to prepare, everything goes on the table around which you are sitting.
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Last modified on: February 11th 2016

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Step by step recipe

Stage 1 - 20 min.
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Preheat your oven at 360°F (180°C).

Wash carefully potatoes with a brush or scratch sponge, if possible don't peel them, and put in the oven 20 minutes before cheese.

Stage 2 - 3 min.
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Open cheese and lay box in its lid.

With a teaspoon make a small hole in the center.

As the chef you are alone allowed to taste the cheese now!

Stage 3 - 3 min.
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Surround wood box with aluminum foil just in case, and fill the hole with dry white wine.

Stage 4 - 2 min.
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Lay cheese on a tray and put in the oven too.

Stage 5 - 30 min.
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Let cheese about 30 minutes until it melt completely...

Stage 6
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...and top is well brown and crusty (for that don't hesitate to switch on your oven grill for a few minutes at the end).

Stage 7
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Put cheese and potatoes in the middle of the table, everyone take itself in potatoes, cut in pieces and add melted cheese.


If you can't get Mont d'or in your area try other cheeses, if possible soft paste with a wooden box.

You can serve this with cooked meats, and a green salad with French dressing.

And to drink?

A good white wine if possible from the same Area, a Jura's wine of course or one of those delicious White wine from Savoie. If you don't like white wine, try a not too strong red, something like a Beaujolais.

Nutritional information

Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
2,293 Kcal or 9,600 Kj120 gr192 gr116 gr
115 %46 %18 %18 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
143 Kcal or 599 Kj8 gr12 gr7 gr
7 %3 %1 %1 %
Per person
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
573 Kcal or 2,399 Kj30 gr48 gr29 gr
29 %12 %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).

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More recipes?

This recipe uses (among others)
PotatoesPotatoes: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Sorrel soup, Pan-fried potatoes, Big knife-cut chips (French fries) , Mini Mont d'Or fondue with "spuds in blankets", Alsatian-style salad, ... All
Dry white wineDry white wine: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Rillons de Tours, Quiche Bretonne, Penne with purple artichokes, Creamy risotto with vegetables , Mushrooms on toast, French style, ... All
Mont d'Or cheeseMont d'Or cheese: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Creamy spinach and potato gratin, Mini Mont d'Or fondue with "spuds in blankets", Morel risotto with Vin Jaune and Mont d'Or, Quick courgette soup with cheese, Sausage with duchess potatoes and a Mont d'Or fondue , ... All

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