The summer months are gone, and for most of us, it is too cold to have a braai with our friends. A great alternative is to have a Raclette party at home.
For those who are not familiar with Raclette, it is a dish originating from Switzerland. The history behind the dish is that peasants and cow herders in the Alpine regions carried cheese with them and in the evening the cheese would be placed next to a campfire for softening, then scraped onto bread.
Today of course it is done on a Raclette grill and eaten with potatoes, gherkins, pickled onions, corn and cold meats.
A hot beverage like tea or white wine is served with your meal.
So what do you need?
There is a variety of grills, some are combined with a Fondue pot, others have a grill plate on top and often a combination of a grill plate and a hot stone.
They come with little pans called coupelles, which is placed under the grill. My experience is that you need at least two per person.
- Boiled baby potatoes
- pickled onions
- cold meats such as salami and ham
- Raclette Cheese
- Bacon bits (not traditional but works well)
- Beef or chicken strips (not traditional but works well)
- Mushrooms (not traditional but works well)
- Small sausages like Nürnberg Rostbratwurst (not traditional but works well)
- White Wine
How to prepare and serve
Each person fries their own meat, sausage, bacon or mushrooms on the grill plate.
You then add potato to your pan, top it with gherkins, pickled onions, corn and if you like cold meats. You can also eat the cold meat on the side. The fried items (sliced) can also be added.
Add a slice of Raclette cheese on top.
Put under the grill.
Enjoy the company of your family and friends with some wine or Kirsch.
When the cheese is melted and browned to your liking, take it out from under the grill and slide the food onto your plate with a small spatula.
Prepare the next pan for grilling while your food cools down a bit.
- Serve apple slices with your raclette! Apples help cut through some of the richness of all the melted cheese and salty meat.
- Raclette dining is meant to be slow and easy so take your time.
- Raclette cheese is easy to find in Germany. You can also use other cheeses like Gruyere or Emmentaler.
- South African flavour – add some Mrs Balls chutney to your food before you add the cheese. We have a list of shops that sell South African Products.
- Paprika or Chilli powder works well with cheese.
- Gaan bos! Fry and grill whatever you feel like.
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