Have you ever thought about having a Raclette party?
Well if you are anything like me, you would have heard something about raclette (especially since Heidi Farm keep winning heaps of awards for their raclette cheese), but haven’t really grasped what it is all about.
Well, very simply, a raclette party is similar to a fondue party with a modern twist; Instead of dipping a variety of meat and vegetables into a cheesey sauce, you place a selection of items (vegetables, pickled onions, prawns , etc) on the small raclette dish and top it off with some Raclette cheese and then melt it underneath the grill. This means that you need a special raclette machine which is a non stick griller with 6 – 8 small plates that fit underneath the grill. They are plugged in and sit on the table.
The term Raclette actually has two meanings – it refers to both a meal and a type of cheese, which is (also) called Raclette Cheese. Raclette, the traditional dish, is done by melting cheese and scraping it off to a plate of boiled or roasted potatoes, pickled onions, grilled prawns, tomatoes, ham, or some marinated chicken or beef.
Raclette,the meal, is originally from Switzerland and is one of the most loved dishes in the region. On top of that, it is also very popular in other parts of Europe especially in France and Germany. The best Raclette Cheese is made in the alpine villages in the Swiss Alps, which is rumoured to be the secret behind its very unique flavour and excellent melting characteristics. It is also great for a classic cheese fondue, but the well known Raclette dish is a more exciting and interactive way of enjoying the delicious Raclette cheese. Heidi Farm here in Tassie do a sensational Raclette cheese.
While there are already modern electrical appliances or Raclette grills that are used to make the dish, some people still prefer to enjoy scraping cheese off a wheel in front of a campfire. However, even though the method of melting Raclette cheese has changed through the years, the Raclette meal is still very easy to prepare. Using the simplest of ingredients, anyone can host a festive and interactive Raclette party in no time!
Here are some useful tips to a successful Raclette Cheese Party:
If you are planning a Raclette party for a larger crowd and you are unsure if you can cover all the costs for the ingredients, you can ask your guests to bring something with them – pickled cucumbers, a jar of olives, a bottle of wine, some meat, etc. And because the ingredients need not be prepared beforehand, it will not be that much of a hassle for anyone.
In order to make sure that everyone gets a fair share of Raclette cheese as well as the other ingredients, it is better that you allocate a plate with a bit of everything in it to every person or to share between two. Aside from equally sharing the ingredients, this also minimizes the need to pass different ingredients around the table.
Melted Raclette Cheese served at home makes a delicious, hearty meal. At the same time, the meal itself is also highly sociable and is ideal for entertaining family and guests. So if you want a new and entertaining way for your next dinner party ( or an event for Christmas day like our family does) , get yourself a raclette grill.
Keep Being ewenique!