Comtois surprise bread

Comtois surprise bread
In this recipe, a simple burger bun is hollowed out to hide a filling of fried potatoes and bacon in a pool of hot cancoillotte cheese.

It is usual to eat the filling first, then the bread, still piping hot, with the remaining cheese.

Children really love this!
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Last modified on: May 10th 2020

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Step by step recipe

Stage 1 - 5 min.
Comtois surprise bread
Preheat the oven to 360°F (180°C).

Cut 100 g cooked potatoes into small dice.

Stage 2 - 5 min.
Comtois surprise bread
Pour 2 tablespoons oil into a small frying pan on high heat. When good and hot, fry the diced potatoes until browned all over.

Set aside.

Stage 3 - 5 min.
Comtois surprise bread
Use the same pan to fry 100 g small pieces of smoked bacon.

Stage 4 - 1 min.
Comtois surprise bread
When nicely browned, return the potatoes to the pan, mix together and turn off the heat.

Leave to wait in the pan.

Stage 5 - 2 min.
Comtois surprise bread
Slice the tops off 4 Hamburger buns and use a fork to scoop out the interior crumb, which we will not be using this in this recipe.

Stage 6 - 7 min.
Comtois surprise bread
Sit the buns and their "lids" on a baking sheet. Pop in the oven for 5 minutes, just to lightly colour the insides.

Stage 7 - 5 min.
Comtois surprise bread
Meanwhile, pour 150 g cancoillotte into a small saucepan on low heat and heat through gently.

Stage 8 - 4 min.
Comtois surprise bread
Put a bun on each plate and fill with the potato and bacon mixture.

Stage 9 - 4 min.
Comtois surprise bread
Fill up with the hot cancoillotte.

Stage 10
Comtois surprise bread
Serve without delay, either as "surprise" bread with the lid on, or with the lid off at a jaunty angle, like in the photo.
The inside of the burger buns removed in Step 5 isn't used in the recipe, but you can use it up in other ways, such as home-made breadcrumb coating.

For a more golden-brown finish to the buns, use a brush to coat the insides with clarified butter before they go in the oven.

Want to go the full Comtois? Use fried diced Morteau sausage instead of the bacon.
Should be eaten immediately.
Home made, but recipe dedicated to my friend Sébastien who makes the best buns I know..
Nutritional information
Whole recipe
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
1,197 Kcal or 5,012 Kj64 gr155 gr135 gr
60 %25 %15 %20 %
Per 100 g
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
171 Kcal or 716 Kj9 gr22 gr19 gr
9 %4 %2 %3 %
Per person
Energetic valueProteins CarbohydratesFats
299 Kcal or 1,252 Kj16 gr39 gr34 gr
15 %6 %4 %5 %
% 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, Milk, Egg, Sesame
How much will it cost?
  • For 4 people : 3.28 €
  • Per person : 0.82 €

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This recipe uses (among others)
CancoillotteCancoillotte: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Eggs Arsène, Comtoise tart for Seàn, Eggs Comtoise, Creamy Comtoise artichoke gratin, Comtoise stuffed tomatoes, ... 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: Veal Marengo, Salad paysanne, Spinach à la Lorraine, Endives "bonne femme", Rabbit civet "à la normande", ... All
Cooked potatoesCooked potatoes: You can check-out other recipes which use it, like for example: Eggs Comtoise, Baker's chicken and potato tart, Gratin of Endives with Mont d'Or, Deep leek and potato quiche, Green Piedmont Salad, ... All
Hamburger bunsHamburger buns: You can get more informations, or check-out other recipes which use it, for example: Tex-Mex chicken burger, Hamburgers, Chicano burger, Pan bagnat, ... All
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