Raclette potatoes with cornichons are a typical Swiss combination. Serve these Swiss appetizer bites whenever you entertain for rave reviews!
Originally published January 25th, 2013 (updated June 29, 2018)
I just flew back from Switzerland yesterday and am still basking in the memories of my Swiss adventures! Three nights ago I had raclette potatoes (with cornichons and pickled onions) and it was heavenly.
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Updated: I’ve written about my trip to Switzerland in 9 reasons why you should visit Lugano.
Goodness, if you’ve never tried this delicious Swiss cheese, you simply must put it on your shopping list!
I created this extremely simple appetizer which combines these perfectly matched flavors, and they are truly a taste of Switzerland.
Why Raclette on Potatoes?
Raclette is usually served with potatoes. It is a semi-hard Swiss cheese which is traditionally served in a very particular manner. In Switzerland, the cheese wheel is melted against a fire, scraped onto a plate, and served alongside plenty of cooked potatoes, cornichons and pickled onions.
Today, most of us in the US do not have a fire that we can use to melt cheese so this is where the raclette grills come in handy.
However, for this raclette potatoes recipe, you won’t need a grill.
You can read all about this Swiss creation in my post:
all about raclette.
What are the Best Potatoes for Raclette?
The best and most traditional potatoes for raclette are any small potatoes such as these Dutch red potatoes, or baby red potatoes, both carried by Melissa’s Produce which you’ll find at your grocery store. Baby Dutch yellow, or baby yellow potatoes are perfect, as well.
This is from a Christmas market vendor in NYC, but I’ve also enjoyed this cheese with bread at German Christmas markets.
A Perfect Appetizer for Cocktail Parties and More
I have made raclette potatoes with cornichons appetizer countless times, and I don’t believe there’s ever been leftovers: everybody loves them! They’re wonderful party bites, and there’s no need for cutlery.
Love melty cheese? Try this delicious baked Camembert appetizer with truffle honey!
Although I have a tiny raclette grill, this recipe doesn’t use one.
You can make it in your oven, or even an air fryer or toaster oven. Above, I made three little potatoes as a snack for myself! It’s also a perfect girl-dinner option with a glass of white wine! It’s truly a taste of Switzerland.
Raclette Potatoes with Cornichons
original recipe by Christina Conte serves 2 as appetizers
FULL PRINTABLE RECIPE BELOW
- potatoes, boiled
- raclette cheese
Preheat broiler (grill) or air fryer or toaster oven.
Cut the boiled potatoes in half and place on a baking tray. You can peel them if you like, but I prefer the skins left on.
Cut a slice of cheese approximately the same size as each potato half and place it on top.
Place under a preheated broiler, watching carefully until the cheese has melted.
Remove from the oven and place on a serving platter. Now, add a small cornichon on each potato half and serve immediately.
Raclette potatoes with cornichons make delicious appetizers, or even a full meal if you accidentally eat too many, as I have done in the past!
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- 6 baby potatoes, boiled (do not peel unless you dislike the skin)
- 3 raclette cheese slices (half a full slice)
- 12 cornichons
- Preheat broiler (grill.)
- Cut the potatoes in half and place on a baking tray.
- Cut slices of cheese approximately the same size as each potato half and lay it on top of each half.
- Place under a preheated broiler, watching carefully until the cheese has melted.
- Place a small cornichon on each potato half and serve immediately for results (while the cheese is still melty).
- These are best served hot, but also good on a buffet served at room temperature.
Nutrition Information:Yield: 2 Serving Size: 6
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 220Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 31mgSodium: 374mgCarbohydrates: 24gFiber: 2gSugar: 8gProtein: 11g
Nutrition information is only estimated.
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