Saturday, May 4, 2013

Swiss Raclette !

We learned about Raclette from our friends in Provence.
It's a very social way to share an evening at the table with good friends.
Each person cooks and prepares the ingredients they like.

Raclette is a type of Cheese, it melts really well.

Traditionally Raclette Cheese is melted in front of an open fire with a large portion of the cheese facing the heat.
It's scraped from the melting side onto a plate and served with small boiled potatoes, cornichons , small pickled onions and dried meats or sausage.

Raclette has been around since Medieval Times  in the mountainous regions of Switzerland and France.

The modern way of serving it involves an electric tabletop grill with pans known as coupelles , where the cheese is sliced and placed in individual pans under the heat source.
The grill surface heats the boiled potatoes and meat.
The melted cheese is then scraped and mixed with the potatoes, meat, pickled onions and cornichons.

We've enjoyed preparing it with friends here in the States and in France with our friends.
We were in London in December and enjoyed an amazing Raclette sandwich at Burrough Market.

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