Raclette cheese is a semi-soft, pressed, cheese, with a natural rind. Raclette
is made with cow's milk. It has a slightly spicy, but not overpowering, flavor.
Raclette is made of melted cheese and comes from the French word, "racler" meaning "to scrape. It has a long history with both France and Switzerland. In fact, the history of Raclette cheese has its origins on the hillsides of the Valais region in Switzerland at the end of the 19th century.
Maturation takes at least two months, but the cheese is available all year round.
Although this kind of cheese has a pleasant enough flavor, it is not particularly special until it is heated in front of a fire or under a hot grill. Then the full, nutty, sweet and slightly fruity aroma intensifies and the stringy elasticity of the melting cheese makes it truly magnificent.
Grilling the cheese with a special indoor grill makes Raclette really crunchy and brings out a terrific savory flavor.
Here are some ways to use Raclette cheese
- With Potatoes Boil potatoes until tender. Cut them into thick slices and place them on a fireproof serving plate. Top the slices with Raclette and broil until melted. Serve with pickles, cornichons, cocktail onions, or other favorite condiments.
- With Fish or Meat Top broil fish fillets, sliced ham, chicken, or turkey with thin slices of Raclette. Broil until melted.
- With Eggs Add small cubes of Raclette to scrambled eggs or omelets, or thin slices on top of fried or poached eggs.
- With Vegetables Place thinly sliced Raclette on top of piping hot steamed or sauteed cauliflower, celery, carrots, peppers, eggplant, or any other favorite vegetable and watch it melt, or place briefly under the broiler.
- With Apples Top thick slices of unpeeled apples with Raclette. Broil until melted for a quick cheese and fruit snack.
Wine is a must with Raclette grilling. The best wine to accompany Raclette is Beaujolais vieilles vignes or Sauvignon Blanc.
Grill and grill some more. You won't want to stop!
This is a classic recipe from Switzerland for indoor grilling.
Here's a new twist on an old theme.
For veggie lovers!
Additional Information for Raclette Grilling
What is Raclette cheese?
Where to buy a Raclette Grill
Where to buy Raclette Cheese
Return from Raclette Cheese to Easy Appetizer Recipes home page.