Potato Galettes with Munster Cheese
I've written elsewhere about the joy of travelling in France and experiencing simple, regional meals in unassuming places. Our dinner at the restaurant of the Hotel Château Landsburg was another great example of this. In between a starter of beef carpaccio and a dessert of crème brûlée, we had a traditional main dish: crispy, perfectly fried galettes, or potato pancakes, topped with melted munster cheese and thin slices of local ham with a creamy rind of fat.
Galettes are rare in American cooking, yet to the French they are common to the point of being a shared experience of youth. Our hostess, the hotel's owner and our chef for the evening, was mildly embarrassed at first to propose something so "banal", but this was clearly a dish she'd perfected over the years. She conducted a symphony of perfectly-balanced flavors and textures and made us a memorable, home-cooked meal.
Hotel Château Landsberg, 133 Rue de la Vallée Saint-Ulrich, 67140 Barr