If You Entertain, Consider Getting a Raclette Maker

 

Raclette cheese is especially popular in Switzerland, but it has become even more so in the United States and many European countries. Why’s that? The main reason so many folks enjoy themselves at the dinner table thanks to this type of dish is that the practice is essentially social and relaxing, and it allows everyone to choose whatever they want to eat.

Raclette cheese comes all the way from Valais, a Swiss region. Nowadays, the word describes both the cheese and the meal. There are several melting methods, some of which are easier than others. Back in the day, Swiss herdsmen used to gather around a campfire and melt raclette either near the flame or using an indoor hearth.

What does a traditional raclette meal include?

For a generous meal, you can use both Raclette, but also other types of cheeses that can range from sharp Cheddar to mozzarella, Gorgonzola, and Monterey Jack. Whatever your preferences, you need to make sure you have enough, because most diners usually consume at least 4 to 5 oz of cheese, especially if they want to make a whole evening out of their dining experience, enjoy some wine, and talk with friends and family.

The other foods you will need for a complete raclette experience range from sausage or braised beef to thinly sliced raw meat. If you have a raclette grill, your job will be much easier, because each and every one of the diners will practically cook their own food.

If you want to use raw ingredients, it might be a good idea to choose a grill that comes with a variable temperature setting, because in this case, you need to use a higher one on the top surface to make sure that the meat is cooked correctly. Potatoes should be either pre-boiled or partially baked because otherwise, they might take too long to grill or they might turn out partially raw.

Best of all, the cheese is melted in tiny trays placed under the main grill. The heat in these compartments will be slightly lower compared to that on the top so that the cheese doesn’t get burnt. Once it’s melted, it can be scooped and poured over the food in the plate.

Other things you can use to impress your diners range from fish, shrimp, and scallops, to any kind of veggies you may have at your disposal. You also have the freedom to serve the food along with fruits like apricots, papaya, apples, or pears.

Sauces

There aren’t any typical sauces that the Swiss serve with this type of dish which means that you can use any of the condiments you and your friends enjoy.

As a tip, place everything on the table and let everyone enjoy themselves as they deem fit. The best thing about using a raclette maker is that you won’t have to run to the kitchen all of the time to bring this or that, depending on whatever anyone might want to eat.

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21 thoughts on “If You Entertain, Consider Getting a Raclette Maker

  1. Raclette cheese sounds very intriguing! We do entertain guests from time to time, so I’m thinking we may have to get one of these Raclette Maker, for something different! I have never heard of this, and it would definitely impress!

  2. I LOVE my Raclette. Raclette cheese is pretty awesome too. Check out my post on raclette too.
    Seriously, it was the best way to get the family together, cook and get our hygge on!

  3. I have heard of raclette before, but I wasn’t quite sure what it was and I had certainly never heard of a raclette maker. This sounds really interesting and a fun appliance to have!

  4. I have never seen or heard of this, but now I want one! We have people over all the time and would get a TON of uses with it!

  5. Wow, that looks like something we would use often. Not just for ourselves, but we entertain quite often!

  6. I have never heard of a Raclette Maker before. These seem like a real neat thing to have for our parties. We love melted cheese so this would be perfect I am going to be buying one soon

  7. This is all new to me but now I kind of want one. We are huge cheese fans to begin with and this sounds like it would be awesome to have. I think I am way behind times not ever hearing about this.

  8. I have never seen one of these but it looks like something I would enjoy using. I think it would be perfect for holiday parties!

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