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1,000 FOODS TO EAT PROJECT
I am working my way through the foods that are listed in the book 1,000 Foods to Eat Before You Die by Mimi Sheraton. This is called my 1,000 Foods to Eat Project. Raclette is food #49 in my project!
In this book, the author Mimi Sheraton lists her choice for the 1,000 Foods of the World that you MUST try. I can unequivocally state that Raclette is definitely one of the most enjoyable foods and experiences that I have tried so far!
WHAT IS RACLETTE?
Raclette is a Swiss semi-soft cheese and it is absolutely delicious. It also happens to be a dish. By this I mean if you are going to enjoy a traditional raclette dinner, then you will dine on boiled new potatoes, melted cheese, some gherkins, and pickled onions. There are a myriad of other foods that you can enjoy with a raclette dinner, but those foods are traditional.
The name comes from the French word “racler” which means “to scrape.” Typically you will scrape the melted cheese onto your plate alongside or on top of the foods included in your raclette.
Raclette is also a grill! Above you see the electric raclette grill. There is a heating element directly under the top portion of the grill, and underneath the heating element, you will find the small trays for the cheese.
You can see there are eight small trays that come with this grill. So many trays means that a raclette dinner makes for a perfect dinner party for eight! 🙂
SOME IDEAS FOR A RACLETTE DINNER
I chose the following for our first raclette dinner:
- Boiled new potatoes (traditionally served at raclette)
- Gherkins (traditionally served at raclette)
- Pickled onions (traditionally served at raclette)
- Thin ribeye steaks seasoned simply with salt and pepper
- Sliced corn
- Prosciutto wrapped asparagus
- Raclette cheese
These foods were absolutely delicious prepared on the raclette grill, and so much fun to cook and serve!
Some other foods to consider for your raclette dinner are:
- Shrimp or prawns
- Cured meats, including ham
Basically if you can cook it you can raclette it!
SOME OTHER CHEESES YOU CAN ENJOY WITH RACLETTE!
So allow me to state that you don’t have to use raclette cheese for a raclette dinner! You can also enjoy raclette with different cheeses including:
- Even mozzarella!
Next time I will try raclette with a blue cheese!
A FEW HELPFUL TIPS
I find these tips helpful when planning a raclette meal.
- Be sure that any meats that you use are thinly sliced. I chose thinly sliced ribeyes for our meal.
- It is also best to slice vegetables thinly. For example if you will include zucchini, be sure to slice it thinly before adding to the grill (i.e. don’t grill the entire zucchini)
- You may want to add some butter or oil to the surfaces of the grill and the trays. I used Pam cooking spray on mine.
- It depends on what you are cooking, but there might be a smell due to the indoor grilling. Just wanted to point that out. 😉
- Slice the raclette cheese (or whatever cheese you will use) before placing in the trays for melting. I recommend use the rind! It adds some delicious extra flavor!
TIME TO ENJOY SOME RACLETTE!
We thoroughly enjoyed our raclette dinner! Honestly it’s so hard to stop eating cheese! If you watch the video below you can see some scraping action.
I hope you will enjoy a raclette dinner in the near future! Easy, fun, and delicious, and a MUST TRY food of the world!
SOME OTHER FOODS YOU MAY ENJOY!
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Easy Raclette Dinner
- Raclette grill
- 2 ribeye steaks thin cut
- 1/2 lb new potatoes boiled until fork tender
- 1 corn sliced thinly widthwise
- 2 wedges raclette cheese totalling 1/2-1 lb – depending on how much cheese will please you!
- 4 asparagus spears
- 4 slices prosciutto
- gherkins a few
- cocktail onions a few
- salt to taste
- pepper to taste
- Season the front and back of your steaks with salt and pepper.
- Snap off the woody part of the asparagus spears, and wrap 1 slice of prosciutto around each spear.
- Slice the raclette cheese into slices that will fit in the cheese trays (small trays that accompany the raclette grill).
- Boil the new potatoes in salted water until fork tender (around 15 minutes).
- Spray a bit of nonstick cooking spray onto the grill (or add some butter) and turn up the grill to med high. Place the sliced cheese into the cheese trays and place underneath the grill. Add the steaks, asparagus and corn to the grill and grill until cooked to your liking.
- Once the food is cooked, place it on your plate, along with some of the new potatoes, and pour over some of the oozing and melted cheese! Enjoy with gherkins and cocktail onions!