The Cheesy Dish: French Raclette on Grill

September 22, 2021

Raclette is the perfect dinner! Try this delicious European cheesy dish now. Just cut and grill.

This raclette recipe is all you need to make the perfect show-stopping raclette at your next dinner party. Fun cooking takes very little time. It can be incredibly filling, depending on what you add to the recipe.

And while raclette is traditionally considered a winter food, there is literally no reason not to enjoy it with friends and family all year round. Especially when taking into account how delicious it is.

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Taste Score: %80
Difficulty Easy
Servings 1 people
Preparation 15 mins
Cooking 15 mins
Total 30 mins

Tips

  • Raclette Cheese is generally accepted as the best cheese for raclette, but you can also use other kinds of Swiss cheese like Emmental and gruyere and even cheddar cheese when in a pinch.
  • You’ll need a Raclette grill to make authentic raclette, but a hot pot stove can also work. If you have neither, melt your cheese in a frying pan over the stove.
  • If serving raclette for dinner, keep in mind that you’ll need about 200g or 7 oz of raclette cheese per person.
  • It is also great to have different kinds of raclette cheese available to allow people to choose but make sure that at least half is mild raclette cheese.
  • If you don't have raclette cheese, you can use cheeses that have similar melting properties, such as Swiss Gruyère, Emmenthal and Vacherin Fribourgeois, or French Beaufort.
  • This raclette recipe is highly customizable, and you can use any meat and vegetables of your choice. You can even skip the meat altogether for a vegetarian raclette recipe.
  • For a slightly spicier raclette, add half a teaspoon of brined green peppercorns to the plain raclette cheese before melting it. This will also save you from having to buy many different types of raclette cheese.
  • After dinner, if you have leftover raclette cheese, toast it on bread with a ham under the grill for a delicious and hearty breakfast the next day.
  • You can eat the boiled new potatoes with the skin on or use special potato prongs to hold the hot potatoes and help with peeling. Either way works great.
  • Bacon fat helps cook the other ingredients, so if not using bacon, you must brush the grill plate directly with oil to serve the same purpose.
  • Take care not to overcook the meat or vegetables on the grill, and slice the potatoes just before adding the cheese. You can also add slices of potato directly to the coupelles, so the cheese melts on top.

Ingredients

Directions

  1. Cut the raclette cheese as necessary to fit the small trays or coupelles underneath the raclette grill.
  2. Then turn the raclette grill on and bring it to medium-high heat.
  3. Add the rashers of bacon to the grill plate and cook them to your liking before adding in the other meat and vegetables.
  4. Continue cooking the meat and vegetables on the hot grill plate, and in the meantime, add a slice of raclette cheese to the coupelles or small trays and move them under the grill's heating element.
  5. Once the cheese is sufficiently melted, and the vegetables and meat are cooked as desired, you can serve your French raclette on top of slices of boiled potato or grilled vegetables and enjoy!
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 1 French Raclette
Serves 1
Amount Per Serving
Calories687
% Daily Value*
Protein 50 g100%
Total Fat 38 g48.7%
Cholesterol 125 mg41.7%
Sodium 1217 mg52.9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

What Is Raclette?

Raclette is a Swiss dish made with melted raclette cheese, a type of semi-hard cheese typically made from cow's milk and used for grilling and melting. This dish consists of melted cheese served over boiled and sliced potatoes, grilled vegetables, meat, etc., and has many different variations.

French raclette is slightly different from Swiss raclette in that it is softer with a smoother, creamier flavor. This raclette recipe employs the French version and is made with several different ingredients like potatoes, bacon, beef, sausages, zucchini, capsicum, cornichons, and pickled baby corn. The end result is sweet, sour, and salty, with a hint of pungent nuttiness from the cheese.

How to Melt Raclette Cheese?

There are many ways to melt raclette cheese. You can melt it using a raclette grill as described above, use a hot pot stove, or employ a special Raclette cheese melter. Raclette cubes can also be melted in the microwave by heating them at one-minute intervals on medium heat.

You can also melt raclette over the stove by cutting the cheese into quarter-inch slices and adding them in a single layer to a cast-iron skillet rubbed with vegetable oil. Cover and cook for about 5 minutes on low heat till cheese is properly melted.

What to Serve with Raclette?

Raclette potatoes are the most common traditional way of enjoying Raclette, but other vegetables, pickled items, and meats are also usual sides.

Raclette goes well with vegetables such as tomatoes, mushrooms, cornichons, broccoli, sweet potatoes, cauliflower, avocado. Also peras, pineapple, mango, grapes and figs can be combined with raclette cheese recipes.

Raclette can also be served with beef fillets, cream cheese stuffed mushrooms, and prosciutto-wrapped asparagus for a fancier dinner feel. And if you're not the biggest fan of grilled meat and sausages, you can go for something more traditional and serve your raclette with a plate of charcuterie or cold cuts like salami, bratwurst bites, ham, prosciutto, and other deli meats.

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How to Store Raclette?

Raclette cheese can be stored in the refrigerator for about six weeks or frozen for up to three months. To freeze your raclette without affecting flavor and texture, tightly wrap hand-sized blocks of cheese in plastic wrap and store.

You can also freeze raclette by coarsely grating the cheese block into an airtight ziplock bag and sealing with all the air pushed out.

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