You might have noticed on our menu plans that we have been enjoying raclette dinners quite often these days. I thought it might be good to explain what, exactly, it is (besides amazing, beautiful, and crave-worthy).
A long time ago, way back in the 1500's, Swiss herdsmen would bring with them hardy potatoes and a big chunk of cheese for their meals while they were keeping watch over the cattle. They would boil their potatoes and melt slices of cheese on top of a hot stone and "racler" (scrape) the cheese off the stone and onto their boiled potatoes.
Today, in the warmth of our homes, we can plug in our raclette "stone" and go to town. While we're at it, why not add more to the grill than merely potatoes? You can also choose to pour your melted cheese over a wholesome slice of sourdough bread, if you aren't a gluten-free home.
Here's how it works. Do you see those silver handles sticking out from under the grill pictured above? They are connected to little trays, and that is where you place your sliced cheese.
Our favorite cheeses for raclette:
- A cheddar/gruyere mix that you can find at Trader Joe's
- There is a raclette cheese. I love the way it tastes, but it is really stinky and my children can't handle the smell.
Our favorite grill items are:
- Slices of boiled potatoes
- Caramelized onions
- Sausage (cooked)
- Sauteed peppers
- Steamed or roasted veggies (broccoli, cauliflower, carrots, beets...)
Raclette has become a weekend ritual at our house, and we look forward to it every time. The grill pictured above is my parents. We have a granite stone and it works wonderfully.
Have you had raclette before? What's your favorite way to enjoy it?