Raclette 101 – Enjoying this Alpine practice at home. Making mealtime a party.

What is Raclette?

Raclette is a firm cheese from Switzerland that is the center of a popular winter social event in the Alpine parts of Europe. This salty cheese made of cow’s milk melts beautifully. The word raclette comes from the French word to scrape.

Raclette’s Beginnings

Raclette made up a simple meal that was enjoyed by shepherds working in the fields. They would boil potatoes and melt cheese on a hot stone. Once melted, the cheese was scraped off and served on top of potatoes. The tradition of Raclette has been taking place for so long that it was even mentioned in medieval writings.


How it is used today…

Pouring oozing Raclette over a variety of foods can be done over and over, a little at a time, while conversing and having fun with friends. And, oh, the aroma is amazing! Raclette can also be enjoyed all on your own or with a loved one. Pair with sliced baguette or melted over top a dinner involving potatoes and a hamburger. It also is a fabulous melting cheese for a delicious grilled cheese sandwich.

Modern Raclette machines offer the convenience, luxury and entertainment of heating foods and melting cheese. Here’s how it works…Slices of raclette are placed into small nonstick pans, called coupelles, which are most often placed underneath the broiler of the raclette machine. Meats and vegetables can be grilled on the griddle. When boiled potatoes and heated meat and veggies are placed on your plate, the melted cheese is poured on top.

Foods for Raclette

toasty baguette – boiled potatoes – salami – Prosciutto – cooked sausages – pickled vegetables – cauliflower – sliced zucchini – broccoli – mushrooms – onions – pears – apples

We carry the Raclette de Savoie along with Raclette machines for a fun night dining with friends.