When I lived in France I discovered raclette cheese and raclette grills. Having a raclette for dinner is very common in France, especially in the winter months and in ski areas. Throwing a raclette dinner party is a super easy and delicious dinner, perfect for a large group. When we moved back to the USA, we were excited to find a raclette grill online (we got our on Target.com) and have raclette parties.
What you need to throw a raclette dinner party:
First, a raclette grill:
The top part is used to cook the meat or grill vegetables (there are some that are teflon, ours is in stone, like this one). The bottom has little trays where you put the cheese and let it melt.
Raclette cheese: In NYC, this cheese is available at fine cheese retailers like Whole Foods, Fairway, the French Cheese Board and Murphy’s Cheese. In Astoria specifically, you can find it at Astoria Bier and Cheese and Green Bay Organic. Tip: you should purchase a special cheese slicer in order to make slicing it better, like this one. This is the one we have.
Charcuterie: charcuterie (fancy word for deli meats, haha!) like prosciutto, ham, chorizo, salami, etc. You can also grill vegetables on top of the grill (alongside the meats, or make it a vegetarian raclette and only do vegetables).
Finally, you need potatoes and other veggies if you wish. New potatoes, like the small ones you can purchase in a bag, are great. You don’t have to remove the skins, you can boil them with the skins on.
Some veggies we also have used: carrots, mushrooms.
All you have to do is cut the cheese, prep the meat or veggies and set the table! VOILA! Bon Appétit!
Love cheese? Check out my post on the Tea and Cheese Tasting!
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