9 winter recipes with cancoillote (the lowest calorie cheese!)
With the chill of winter, we often crave cheese dishes. To treat yourself without overwhelming your stomach, try the cancoillotte, the lowest calorie cheese on the market.
What is a cancoillotte?
This is a cheese from Franche-Comté, made from metton (skim condensed milk), water and a little butter. It has a very thick, almost liquid texture.
It’s pot plain or seasoned, especially with garlic or white wine.
Has PGI (Protected Geographical Indication) since 2022.
With contributions from 120 Kcal approx. per 100 g, cancoillotte is considered the lowest fat cheese on the market. Its low fat volume only comes from the butter added at the end of production.
How to use this cheese in recipes?
The specialty of this cheese can be eaten hot or cold.
It finds its place on cheese plates and can be eaten straight on a slice of fresh or toasted bread.
Slightly lukewarm, generously coats the steamed vegetables and sautéed potatoes.
It can also be tucked into hot winter dishes, such as gratins. It also easily replaces other cheeses, if you want to prepare a light cheese specialty.
To put the cancoillotte-based dish to the test, here are 9 recipe ideas to try this winter!
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Brussel sprouts gratin with cancoillotte
For 4 people. Peel 4 potatoes. Cut into pieces and rinse. Wash 500 g of Brussels sprouts. Steam the vegetables (about 10 minutes for the cabbage and 15 to 30 minutes for the potatoes). Peel and press 1 clove of garlic. Mix the cooked vegetables with the garlic, then arrange everything in a gratin dish. Heat the cancoillotte (regular or with garlic) then pour it over the vegetables. To mix everything. Optional: add some grated Comté cheese on top. Bake the dish at 200 ° C for 30 minutes.
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Carrot gratin with cancoillotte
For 4 people. Peel, rinse and chop 1 kg of carrots. Peel and chop 1 onion. Cook the carrots for 15 minutes in boiling water. Sauté the onions for 5 minutes (optional: add the bacon bits). Then add the carrots and continue cooking for another 5 minutes. Place vegetables in a casserole dish. Add 1 jar of cancoillotte and some grated cheese. Bake the gratin for 10 to 12 minutes at 180°C.
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For 4 people. Cook 400 g of pasta according to the time indicated on the package. Peel and chop 1 onion. Brown in a skillet with 200 g of bacon strips (optional). Then add 4 tbsp. in s. garlic cancoillotte and 2 tbsp. in s. watery cream. Mix and warm everything gently. Add salt, pepper and a little fresh parsley. Stir the pasta into the sauce. Mix and serve.
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Crozet gratin with cancoillotte
For 4 people. Cook 200 g crozets in boiling salted water for 15 minutes. While cooking, peel and chop 1 onion. Return to the pot for a few minutes. Drain the crozet. Pour into oven dish with onions and 145 g cancoillotte. To mix everything. Bake the dish for 10 minutes under the grill. Serve with vinegar salad.
Leek gratin with cancoillotte
For 4 people. Rinse and cut 3 leeks into strips. Peel and mince 1 shallot. Brown in the skillet for a few minutes, then add the chives. Cook gently for about twenty minutes. In a bowl, beat 2 eggs. Add 250 ml milk, 120 g cancoillotte, 1 tbsp. in s. cornstarch (previously diluted with a little water), salt and pepper. Add the chives to the preparation and mix everything together. Pour batter into ramekins or oven dish. Bake for 30 to 40 minutes at 180°C.
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Salmon and cancoillotte pizza
Spread the pizza dough on a wire rack. Spread 90 g cancoillotte over the dough. Add 60 g of smoked salmon pieces, 2 chopped artichoke hearts, some capers, oregano, salt and pepper. Bake pizza for 7 minutes at 250°C (or until done).
Onion and cancoillotte quiche
Pre-bake for 10 minutes pre-punctured shortcrust pastry and cover with parchment paper and cookie beads (or nuts). Peel and chop 4 onions. Fry in a pan for about ten minutes. Prepare a quiche mix, mix 4 eggs, 200 ml milk (vegetable or animal), 1 tbsp. c. thyme, a little nutmeg, salt and pepper. Add 100 g garlic cancoillotte and mix again. Add the onion to the mixture, stir and then pour the mixture over the mixture. Bake the quiche in the oven for 40 minutes at 180°C.
Potatoes stuffed with cancoillotte
For 4 people. Rinse 8 potatoes. Steam for 12 minutes. Then cut it in half, and dig out the middle. Mix in a bowl 120 g of cancoillotte (regular or with garlic), 100 g of small diced white ham, potato flesh, salt, pepper and fresh parsley. Add this filling to the potatoes. Bake for 12 minutes at 220°C.