If you’ve been ski-ing in the Alps recently you’ll have enjoyed, like me, some of the food specialities of the region. It’s simple mountain fare, with various combinations of melted cheese, charcuterie and potatoes, guaranteed to pack in the calories you’ve burned after a muscle aching day on the slopes.

Although we were in a self-catering apartment on our recent holiday in Val Cenis in the French Alps, we ate out in a local restaurant on one night of our stay. There’s generally a family friendly selection of familar dishes but inevitably there’ll be a part of the menu set aside for Savoyard specialities.

Salad Savoyard

For starters there’s Salad Savoyard, which is a salad topped with croutons, lardons (small chunks of fried bacon) and cubes of the local cheese. Then for the main course you can go the melted cheese route or the grilled meat route. Melted cheese is either the fondue made of local cheese mixed with white wine into which you dip your bread and sometimes vegetables, or the tartiflette which is sliced potatoes baked with bacon, cream and local cheese, or the raclette which we tried.

More on Savoyard food from Heather's blog

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