Raclette is not only the name of the famous cheese but also the dish. Raclette is now world-famous and a fun way to entertain. You can get whole grills like this, where meat, bacon, sausage, seafood and a whole array of vegetables can be cooked on top. It comes with little small pans called coupelles, which are placed under the heating element so that the slices of raclette melt until ready to use.
Since I was making this as just an appetizer, I purchased a very small unit to just melt the cheese like the one you see below. You can pick up a similar one here.
The most common food items are boiled potatoes and bread. Cured meats, cornichons and pickled onions are served alongside. Seriously the possibilities are endless, and melted cheese is pretty much good on everything. Raclette, the cheese is typically made from cow but sometimes sheep. It is best melted. There are many choices in Switzerland however I had to order mine on-line. You can sometimes find it at Trader Joes or Whole Foods etc.
Whether you serve raclette as an appetizer or a meal it will be a hit! Youcan go big or keep it simple, whatever your heart desires.
Did you know that Switzerland and France share a large lake? The Swiss call it Lake Geneva and the French call it Lake Leman. As neighbors, it is no surprise that they also share the love of raclette. Raclette is popular in Savoie, France. If you would like to learn more about the tiny nation of Switzerland, be sure to check out “Our Journey to Switzerland”. You will also find more delicious and authentic Swiss recipes like Zurich Style Veal in Cream Sauce, rosti, Switzerland’s national dish, and the most amazing walnut pie.
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Raclette (How to make it)
- 1 lb. white potatoes baby cut in half
- paprika to garnish the potatoes
- 1 jar cornichons with small pickled onions
- 1 lb. cured meats ham, prosciutto, salami
- ½ lb. raclette cheese you can use gruyere or emmentaler if you can’t find raclette
- 1 French baguette sliced thinly
- Put a pot of water on the stove and bring to a boil, add salt and then add in the potatoes.
- Cook until fork tender about 10-15 minutes.
- Drain the potatoes, sprinkle with salt pepper and paprika, put in a serving bowl
- Meanwhile, set out your cornichons and other pickled items and your meats on a serving tray. As well as the bread. Put them on the table.
- Make sure your cheese will properly fit in the raclette burner light the candles and when the cheese is bubbly, simple slide it off onto the plate with potatoes, bread and accompaniments.
- Please note if you do not have a raclette burner, you can broil the cheese in a cast iron skillet to get a similar effect.