Montbenoit's canapés

Montbenoit's canapés
A recipe from Franche-comté (lovely region of eastern France): large slices of bread coated with melted shallot, grilled bacon dice, a big slice of Morbier (cheese from the same region) and a brief spell in the oven. It really is a winter dish.
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Last modified on: October 13th 2010

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47 min.58 min.1 hour 45 min.
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Stage 1 - 20 min.
Montbenoit's canapés
Peel 10 shallots, cut into fairly thin rings.

Put a pan on medium heat, add 50 g butter cut into small pieces. As soon as it begins to fry, add shallots, and stir fairly roughly to start separating the rings. They should fall into ribbons when cooked.

Do not salt at this stage.

Stage 2 - 20 min.
Montbenoit's canapés
Cover and leave to cook, stirring occasionally just to avoid bottom of pan browning.

Stage 3 - 2 min.
Montbenoit's canapés
When well cooked and of melting texture (about 20 minutes), remove lid, add 1 glass dry white wine (if possible French Jura wine), salt and pepper.

Stage 4 - 15 min.
Montbenoit's canapés
Continue to cook uncovered until wine is absorbed, then taste and adjust seasoning.

Wine is there to add a little acidity to balance shallots' sweetness.

Stage 5 - 8 min.
Montbenoit's canapés
Put 250 g small pieces of smoked bacon, cut into small pieces in a hot frying pan without fat, cook until they are browned.

Remove from heat, drain off excess fat, add 3 tablespoons vinegar, mix and set aside on absorbant paper.

Vinegar is there to add a little acidity to balance fat of bacon.

Stage 6 - 5 min.
Montbenoit's canapés
Preheat oven to 464°F (240°C).

Cut 250 g Morbier cheese (cheese) into thick slices.

Stage 7 - 3 min.
Montbenoit's canapés
Remove crust.

Stage 8 - 5 min.
Montbenoit's canapés
Cut 6 slices bread, if possible leavened bread, into fairly thick slices (1 cm or ½ inch at least), remove crust and toast until they are brown and crusty outside, still soft inside.

If you don't have a toaster you can lightly butter the slices, and fry in a pan for 1 or 2 minutes each side.

Stage 9 - 3 min.
Montbenoit's canapés
Put toast on a baking sheet, sprinkle with a dash of dry white wine.

Stage 10 - 3 min.
Montbenoit's canapés
Distribute shallots.

Stage 11 - 3 min.
Montbenoit's canapés
Then bacon.

Stage 12 - 3 min.
Montbenoit's canapés
And Morbier.

Stage 13 - 15 min.
Montbenoit's canapés
Put in the oven, and watch the cooking: it's done when cheese is melted and slightly toasted (about 10-15 minutes ). Serve immediately, if possible with a salad and French dressing (vinaigrette).
The same recipe as been tested in a wood-fired oven, it's better and takes only half (or a third) the time.

You can also use cheese other than Morbier, I think that any soft-paste might be tried, e.g. reblochon or Mont d'Or.
1 or 2 days in the fridge, folded in a plastic film.
Home made.
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
2,808 Kcal or 11,757 Kj118 gr249 gr245 gr
140 %45 %24 %37 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
226 Kcal or 946 Kj9 gr20 gr20 gr
11 %4 %2 %3 %
Per person
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
468 Kcal or 1,959 Kj20 gr42 gr41 gr
23 %8 %4 %6 %
% 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: Gluten, Sulfites, Milk
How much will it cost?
  • For 6 people : 6.39 €
  • Per person : 1.07 €

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This recipe uses (among others)
Morbier cheeseMorbier cheese: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Ham and cheese slices with spring onions, Gratin Comtois, Bouchées montagnardes, Gratin of leeks with Morbier cheese, Triple-Cheese Pumpkin Gratin, ... All
Small pieces of smoked baconSmall pieces of smoked bacon: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Eggs meurette, Rabbit civet "à la normande", Salad paysanne, Endives "bonne femme", Comtois surprise bread, ... All
ButterButter: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Diamond biscuits, Escalope cordon bleu, Apple charlotte with toasted brioche, Nicholas's fish, French onion soup, ... All
ShallotShallot: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Pan-fried salmon with white cabbage, Shiitake eggs, Scrambled eggs and leeks on toast, Chinese Soup, Cauliflower curry, ... All
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