What in the world is Raclette? Raclette is a cheese-eating process originating from Switzerland. It consists of melting cheese, either in front of a fire or by a special machine, then scraping onto diners’ plates. In my case, I use it to entertain larger groups and when in need of a much needed cheese-fix.

Raclette Recipe

When explaining to guests what Raclette is all about, I just say – its about playing with flavours, mixing and matching and just enjoying each others company while stuffing our faces with delicious pieces of melted cheese.

Raclette Recipe

So, first things first, to make Raclette successful you ought to have a Raclette set so that guests can melt their own cheese combinations. Though I got my set as a present, I know the non-stick version retails for about $100, so this is an investment worth making. The set is super easy to clean and works like a charm, plus you can use the top portion to grill your veggies and meat accompaniments while the cheese melts. Sets can be found at most home retailers.

Raclette Recipe

The second most important thing about making Raclette is to have good quality cheese. Given its Swiss descent, one must stick to cheeses originating from the area, with an added “melting feature”. I default to my favourites at St. Lawrence market – the Swiss Gruyere, Swiss Raclette and French Comte. Now the French one is non-traditional, but I just adore this cheese so much, I can’t ever bring myself to deviate. It’s that perfect.

Raclette Recipe

To accompany this cheese-melting experience, I bring to the table (no pun intended) toppings that go well and add creativity by doing a Spain-inspired “montadito”, which is basically a sliced small piece of baguette topped with cheese, cured meats and the like. So at my table I usually serve mushrooms, potatoes, grape tomatoes, sliced baguette, basil leafs, and cured meats like chorizo, salami and prosciutto.

Et voila! A perfect Montadito in a Raclette kind of way!

Raclette Recipe

Until next time Foodies!

Buen Provecho,
Foodies Inked.

The food item: Cheese Raclette
The challenge: Knowing how to pair
The ingredients: Swiss cheeses, Potatoes, Grape Tomatoes, Mushrooms, Cured Meats, Baguette & Basil

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