I first read about Raclette in my Swiss cookbook.
Raclette is a popular cheese in Switzerland which is eaten in a very specific manner, and the appeal has obviously spread to the US, given the fact that there are more than a dozen "Raclette party grills" to choose from in just the first page of results from an Amazon search of "Raclette."
In Switzerland, the traditional method is to melt the cheese up against a fire, then have plenty of cooked potatoes and pickled onions and cornichons on hand to eat with the melted cheese. Today, most of us in the US do not have a fire available in order to melt cheese, so this is where the Raclette grills come in handy. Although I'd love to have one, I can't justify having one in my already filled kitchen cabinets, so I'll show you how I like to prepare this traditional Swiss treat.
RACLETTE with POTATOES & CORNICHONS
small, red potatoes, boiled (do not peel)
Raclette cheese slices
Preheat broiler (grill.)
Cut the potatoes in half and place on a baking tray.
Cut a slice of cheese approximately the same size as each potato half and lay it on top.
Place under a preheated broiler, watching carefully until the cheese has melted.
Now, place a small cornichon on each potato half and serve immediately.
These make delicious appetizers, or a full meal if you accidentally eat too many!
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