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Here are three easy recipes with Fromage Blanc, a soft French cheese that’s somewhere in between a cream cheese and a Greek yogurt.

A handful of micro-platforms have cropped up on WeChat since the start of the outbreak, all vying to supply the city with more accessible grocery options via delivery. To say the least, the prices are competitive.

So when I see three tubs of Isigny Sainte-Mère Fromage Blanc on sale for ¥60, it’s cheese 1-0 me.

Details on how to buy fromage blanc at the bottom of this article, plus information about the sale.

3 recipes with fromage blanc, a soft French cheese. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

I have 1.5kg of the stuff. Now what?

What is Fromage Blanc?

Fromage Blanc is a French cheese made from cow’s milk, and is lighter than cream cheese and thicker than yogurt. Isigny Sainte-Mère fromage blanc is creamy and soft in texture, and is subtly acidic.

It can be a stand-in for sour cream, ricotta, mascarpone, or cottage cheese. It’s good for sauces, as a spread, for baking, and savory oven-baked dishes.

3 recipes with fromage blanc, a soft French cheese. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

3 Easy Recipes for Fromage Blanc

Other than spooning the stuff from the tub into your mouth, here are three easy recipes.

Recipe 1: On Sourdough Toast

I did say easy recipes, right?

3 recipes with fromage blanc: Breakfast Toast. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

1.Spoon out a significant amount of fromage blanc into a bowl and whip until smooth. Add a pinch of salt and some lemon zest.

3 recipes with fromage blanc: Breakfast Toast. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

2. Toast your sourdough. (I get mine from O’Mills.)

3. Spread your cheese mix evenly.

4. Add sweet or savory toppings depending on your preference—fruit, avocado, or bacon.

3 recipes with fromage blanc: Breakfast Toast. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

Recipe 2: Cheesy Potato Omelet

This is a little more complex than the above, but still quite easy.

3 recipes with fromage blanc: Cheesy potato omelet. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

Ingredients

4 large eggs
1 tablespoon of Fromage Blanc
1 medium sized potato
¼ red onion
2 cloves garlic
4 rashers of fatty bacon*

*I get my bacon from Matty Gras (WeChat ID: MattyGras)

Instructions

1. Whip Fromage Blanc in a bowl. Crack in eggs and whisk together with a pinch of salt and pepper. Set aside.

2. Wash and peel potatoes. Cut into long strips. I’d recommend thinner strips than the ones pictured. Set aside.

3 recipes with fromage blanc: Cheesy potato omelet. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

3. Fry up bacon and remove from pan. Let cool, then roughly chop them.

3 recipes with fromage blanc: Cheesy potato omelet. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

4. Using the bacon oil, fry up the potato strips until 90% done. Remove from pan and set aside.

5. Fry garlic and onion in butter until golden brown.

3 recipes with fromage blanc: Cheesy potato omelet. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

6. Add to your egg mix the garlic, onion, bacon, and potatoes and mix.

7. Coat pan (non-stick recommended) with oil and heat on low. Pour in egg mixture and cover with lid, and cook on low heat for about 10 minutes.

3 recipes with fromage blanc: Cheesy potato omelet. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

8. The flip. If you’re not a flipping pro (like me), just fold the egg onto itself. If you do this, you’d need to reduce the heat further so as not to burn your omelet.

9. Serve with more Fromage Blanc.

3 recipes with fromage blanc: Cheesy potato omelet. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

Recipe 3: Potato Gratin

Again, not very difficult, but you’ll need an oven.

3 recipes with fromage blanc: Potato Gratin. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

Ingredients

2 cloves garlic
½ stalk leek
3 large potatoes
250g/1 cup Fromage Blanc
Rosemary (or thyme)
Cheddar (or Parmesan)
Butter for cooking
Salt & black pepper

Preheat oven to 160° Celsius.

Instructions

1. Roughly chop garlic and leek. Fry them up in a pan with butter until browned. Set aside and let it cool.

3 recipes with fromage blanc: Potato Gratin. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

2. Blend fried garlic and leek with 1.5 teaspoons of salt, ½ teaspoon of pepper, ½ teaspoon of dried rosemary, and fromage blanc in a food processor. If you don’t have a food processor, finely dice and chop the garlic and leek.

3. Wash and peel potatoes. Slice the potatoes as thin as you possibly can and set aside. If you have a mandoline slicer, you can save yourself the hassle. (Do not re-wash potatoes after slicing.)

3 recipes with fromage blanc: Potato Gratin. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

4. Grease your baking tin with butter. Line the tin with potato slices and stack alternatingly with spreads of the blended cheese mixture. Be sure to fill as many gaps as possible and flatten the potatoes down.

3 recipes with fromage blanc: Potato Gratin. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

5. Sprinkle some rosemary and black pepper and grate cheddar cheese over the top.

6. Wrap top with tin foil and bake for 60-70 minutes.

7. Remove foil and bake at 180° for 10-15 minutes to crust the top.

3 recipes with fromage blanc: Potato Gratin. Photo by Rachel Gouk @ Nomfluence.

Now on Sale—Fromage Blanc

Originally ¥48 per tub, the Isigny Sainte-Mère Fromage Blanc (500g) now on sale for ¥60 for three tubs, delivery fee included.

The deal is thus:
One tub ¥48 (discount ¥23) = ¥25
Two tubs ¥96 (-¥50) = ¥46
Three tubs ¥144 (–¥84) = ¥60

Scan the QR Code to buy this cheese!
While stocks last.

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