Saturday, December 15, 2007

Aligot Travels Well

After Paris, Toulouse.

Last Saturday, I happened to run into some happy Toulousains lunching on aligot, Aveyron's cheese and potato specialty, as they enjoyed the Christmas market on the Place du Capitole.

At first I wasn't absolutely sure what these Saturday shoppers were savoring, but a quick look around the market stands revealed potatoes and tomme fraîche all dressed up for the holidays:



I had hoped to get a closer look at the aligot operations, but couldn't break through the crowd at the highly popular stand. I guess aligot is a hit wherever it travels.


17 comments:

wcs said...

Sounds like a hearty treat on a chilly day. :)

Anonymous said...

The aligot. The name of this tasty loamy dish sounds so pleasant to me!
To prepare Aligot, the most difficult is to find this special cheese named 'la tomme de l'aligot'.
When you find it, you need some potatoes in purée, the melt cheese in them, garlic and creme and that's all. It smells so good in the house!
When I prepare Aligot everybody without exception enjoy it!
Et vive l'Aligot!

Steve H. said...

On a cold wet day like the one we're having here in Eugene, OR, a warm bowl of aligot would sure hit the spot.

Betty C. said...

Steve, I almost mentioned this post when I left you a comment this morning, but figured you have other things on your mind besides aligot! But I guess any time is aligot time...

Eleonora said...

Coucou Betty...ah le marché de Noël...toujours une belle ambiance. Pour la recette..elle est simple à faire...Je te souhaite un bon dimanche et à bientôt. http://aufildemesrevesdamour.over-blog.com/

Colleen said...

Did you have some? I see it is like Raclette no?

I've never heard of Aligot before. Very cool

Betty C. said...

Colleen, I didn't have any there, but have had aligot many a time here in Aveyron. It is a traditional dish at big meals and also easy to buy in a very good vacuum-packed form. It's quite a hassle to make, though!

RennyBA said...

Looks like you got pretty close after all - great pics - looks a bit like the marked I was visiting last week.

Thanks for your visit and comments! I'm glad you liked my saying about Make Blogs, not Wars too :-)

RennyBA's Terella

thequietway said...

Betty, thanks for stopping by my blog! Leah enjoyed her visit...thank you for your hospitality.

Nice photos here...I especially like the evening and countryside photos.

La Belette Rouge said...

Potato and cheese! I am having a Pavlovian response to your post. If you had shown an up close picture of the ooey-gooey treat I would have been reduced to licking my monitor. ;-)

Betty C. said...

la belette, you can find an up-close and personal picture of aligot on this post:

http://franceprofonde.blogspot.com/2007/10/aligot-takes-to-streets-in-paris.html

I must admit I didn't take the picture myself, though.

La Belette Rouge said...

BettyC,
I followed the link to the up close picture and let me tell you that when I licked the monitor and the flavor was not all I hoped it would be.;-) Wow! That looks like the ultimate potato cheese soup.
Yummy pictures.
Merci,
LBR

Anne Corrons said...

Oh, I perfectly know Aligot because my best friend is a fan fo it! However, I can't eat it; it's too much for me!

Tinsie said...

Awww my mouth's watering! I *must* try aligot one of these days :-)

My Inner French Girl said...

Bonjour, Betty! Ah, potato and cheese, my two favorite foods! Sounds like an excellent treat for a wintry day.

Great photos!

Salut,
Marjorie

joy suzanne said...

I loooove aligot!

At our marché de noël the other day I had the greatest cup of mulled wine that I've ever tasted. It was faaantastic. I would have quite liked a bowl of cheesy potatoes to go with...

Jann said...

What a fun place this must have been!Lots of good eating and fun for all! Food for the soul.....