I was so focused on eating Raclet on Christmas day that I failed to take any good pics. Friend and regular reader Phyllis, a marvelous and creative cook, asked for more. Sara and Ben hosted Raclet for their friends in Austin over New Year’s, and Sara sent pics along for all of us.
There is Swiss Raclet and French Raclet, and apparently the French Raclet doesn’t melt quite right — so if you’re going to try this, hold out for the Swiss version. This is a very fun meal to do with a group. You need the grill or burner on which to melt the cheese. The simplest version of Raclet is bubbly melted cheese served over boiled potatoes. Over the years, Ben’s family has augmented the meal with cured and fresh meats, pickles, cocktail onions, freshly chopped chives, and fresh vegetables. It’s a wonderful spread, a tasty meal, and a very social eating experience. I’m a big fan!
Phyllis, I do think you and Art would enjoy hosting this meal for your friends. It is a lot of prep work, and you have to buy the grill — a consideration for those of us who are downsizing our kitchens. Do these pics give you a better sense of a home-generated Raclet meal?