Recently on a trip to the Franco-Suisse Jura mountains we enjoyed a memorable afternoon at La Boissaude, an isolated farmhouse-restaurant just a stone’s throw from the summit of Mont D’Or and the Swiss border. We were there to try the local melted cheese speciality called la boîtes chaude, a whole Vacherin du Mont D’Or cheese melted with a little white wine and served with baked potatoes and charcuterie.
click here to see our boîte live….
Mont D’Or (or Vacherin du Haut Doubs as its also called in France) is a rich, washed rind, soft cow’s milk cheese that is produced in the Jura mountains of both France and Switzerland. In France it is one of the country’s (over 40) celebrated AOC cheeses while in Switzerland it enjoys its own AOP status. The cheese is distinctive because each one is sold in its own handsome spruce mold. In France it’s production is limited to several communes within the Doubs departement (Franche-Comté region). There it is made with raw milk while just across the border, in Switzerland, it is made using thermized milk (a process similar to pasteurization but using lower temperatures).
Now is the time to eat Vacherin du Mont D’Or because it is a seasonal cheese, produced only in the cooler months from mid-August to mid-March in France and from September to April in Switzerland. This period is when the cows are down from their high summer pastures and don’t produce enough milk for Comté, a cheese that is big business in these parts. Comté is arguably France’s most popular cheese boasting the country’s largest production AOC. Each year about 40,000 tons of it are made in the region.
Click here to see our boîtes chaude live!
Read more about the French Jura in this previous post
If you go:
La Boissaude, 25370 Rochejean, France
Phone:+33 3 81 49 90 72
- 1 Mont d'Or cheese (approx. 480 grams)
- as many baked potatoes as you can eat
- a selection of charcuterie
- gherkin pickles
- white wine (preferably from the Côtes-du-Jura or an AOC Arbois)
- Preheat the oven to 220 degrees (C).
- Make a cut in the top of the cheese and pour in a glass of the wine.
- Bake for about 25 minutes or until the cheese is melted and the crust is golden and bubbly.
- Serve with a crusty loaf, the potatoes, charcuterie, pickles and a green salad.
- And the rest of the wine.
- Mont D'Or is made in different size molds from 480 grams to just over 3 kilos making it perfect for a romantic dinner for 2 or for a party.