Hello, food lovers; I am here to inspire you with cheesy raclette party recipes!
Winter and holiday season is upon us. If you’re anything like me, you’re already brainstorming ways to get together with family and friends.
Raclette is the star of our Christmas gathering for this party. It’s a melt-in-your-mouth Swiss experience from the heart of the Alps.
Why I Love Raclette
A raclette soirée is a unique, fun, and cozy way to celebrate – today, I’m doing it with my closest girlfriends. 🧀 Your friends will love it too.
Raclette originated using a huge wheel-shaped block of semi-firm cheese, melted and poured over your meal.
The name comes from the French word “racler,” meaning scrape. It has a triple meaning, though, as it is also the type of cheese and the name of the dish it serves.
A cheese wheel is exposed to heat from an open fire, and the melted cheese is scraped from it and poured over boiled potatoes, meats, bread, etc.
These days, however, in many European homes, they use a raclette grill to heat the cheese and the food at the same time.
There is a grill top with a heating element below for vegetables or meats. Underneath the heat are small trays to melt the individual slices of raclette cheese.
Everyone cooks their own meal. It’s a communal-style dinner and so much fun.
My friends and I enjoyed our first raclette dinner adventure in Hudson, Wisconsin, a couple of years ago as part of a purchased dining experience. We loved it. That inspired me to buy my own raclette grill. (affiliate link)
Your raclette party menu, the ingredients, toppings, and recipes you use are totally up to you!
Choose the foods you and your family love. If you are wondering where to start, let me help get you started.
The main attraction, Raclette cheese, is a semi-hard Alpine cow’s milk cheese.
You can find the cheese in the US at Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, Aldi, a specialty grocery store, and Amazon.com. You may also find it in markets with a wide selection of quality cheeses.
Note: It may only be available in season, based on your location.
You can expect to pay between $8-10 for small individual sliced packs at Aldi and online. Beware, some are way overpriced on Amazon.
If you cannot locate raclette cheese or you don’t care for it, you can use any similar delicious melting cheese, such as Gruyere, Emmental, Appenzeller, or cheddar, Or, indeed, any melting cheese you love.
Grill your favorite proteins. For example, choose from cold cuts/deli meats, sausage, beef, chicken breast, fish, and seafood.
Seafood such as fish, scallops, or shrimp cook fast and are excellent for cooking with raclette.
You can also incorporate wild game, but cook your meat ahead of time or cut it very thin.
I love grilling vegetables with raclette! Cut up bell peppers, mushrooms, asparagus, etc., ahead of time, or serve vegetable side dishes or a salad.
One of my favorite parts of the meal is the potatoes. They are an essential feature of raclette, served with melted cheese on top. YUM!
Before the raclette party, boil or steam medium-sized new or red potatoes (keep the skins on).
Depending on how many items you are serving, you will need approximately 4 to 6 potatoes per person.
Offer a simple green salad to help balance your taste buds between the rich raclette cheese servings.
This fresh Spinach Cranberry Salad makes a great side dish for the meal.
Serve a delicious crusty white bread alongside the meal. Choose your favorite chewy varieties, such as French baguettes, rustic, artisan boules, or ciabatta.
Dipping Sauces and Seasonings
Include a variety of accompaniments and dipping sauces with your raclette dishes. This adds flavor and helps prevent cheese overload.
Experiment with different toppings like fresh herbs, prosciutto, or even a drizzle of honey for that extra layer of yum.
Finish your feast with a dessert that is fresh and on the lighter side to balance the meal.
A fruit crumble is an excellent choice, or consider serving slices of pound cake or cheesecake with berries or other fruit.
Let’s talk libations! Whether you’re a wine or beer lover or prefer non-alcoholic options, I’ve got you covered. Let’s find the perfect pairing for your raclette meal!
Chardonnay, dry or semi-dry Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, or Pinot Gris are classic choices for raclette. They will complement the cheese beautifully, cutting through its richness.
Try a light, fruity Pinot Noir if you prefer red. Its gentle tannins and red berry notes make it a lovely partner for raclette.
A light pilsner pairs wonderfully with raclette. The beer’s carbonation and slight bitterness cut through the cheese’s richness.
Opt for a wheat beer like Hefeweizen or Witbier for a refreshing, citrusy flavor that complements the cheese’s creaminess.
Serve a crisp, non-alcoholic sparkling water with a twist of lemon or lime, a perfect way to cleanse your palate between cheesy bites.
Get creative with alcohol-free mocktails. A virgin mojito or a sparkling apple cider can be a hit with guests.
How to Make Raclette
And without further ado, below is the complete recipe. Read even further for party planning and raclette tips.
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Planning and Preparation
Let’s plan this party, shall we? Here’s a list of things to prepare.
Well, this is obvious and easy! If you are the formal type, you can send paper invitations or evites, which are also easy and convenient.
Or if you like me, our group just texts. 😉
Here’s what you’ll need to buy, borrow or rent.
A Raclette grill (buy or rent)
Raclette grill accessories
heating elements for each guest
Cheese for raclette
try Aldi in Minnesota
Groceries traditional Swiss charcuterie includes:
boiled red potatoes
condiments, such as:
Then, add your favorite food items, including beef, chicken, fish, and seafood.
Decorate your space
Depending on when you are hosting your raclette night, make it a cozy winter wonderland, a beautiful Christmas, New Year’s Eve, or a Valentine’s-themed room.
While you can use a raclette year-round, I love incorporating it into the colder months of Minnesota.
Add blankets or cushions if it works in your room. Remember, it’s all in the details.
Set the Table
Use simple tablecloths, dinnerware, and individual raclette pans for a personalized touch.
Assure there’s plenty of elbow room for everyone to grill and dine comfortably.
There is a lot of activity and reaching to use the grill, so be sure you put it in the middle of the table within everyone’s reach. It’s especially good for the petite guests!
Follow the instructions for your specific product to set up and use the grill.
To improve the efficiency and enjoyment of your party, prepare and chop all food ahead of time.
Pre-slice the cheese (my cheese was presliced), boil potatoes, chop veggies, cut meats, and prepare the dipping sauces in advance.
I used a lot of separate dishes, but you can also put everything together on one charcuterie platter. This would make it much easier and faster for clean up.
A well-planned Raclette party will surely be a hit. You are ready! Enjoy the festivities.
Here are a few pointers to achieve the perfect melt and avoid common mistakes.
Raclette-style grills are designed for grilling thinly sliced proteins, veggies, etc. You may need to precook thick meat or other items requiring higher heat.
If you like to eat veggies with it, I suggest steaming them before cooking on the grill.
Allow your cheese to come to room temperature before melting to be creamy and gooey without becoming oily or grainy.
Slice the cheese thin. Thinner slices melt more evenly and quickly, ensuring a smooth consistency.
The secret to perfecting Raclette’s melt is patience. Keep the heat on low and let the cheese melt gradually. This prevents it from burning or getting rubbery.
Beware of overcooking; keep an eye on the cheese when melting, and remove it once it’s perfectly melted but not runny.
If buying a new raclette grill, look for one with a long cord to make logistics easier.
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The warm food, togetherness, and laughter that fill the room make hosting a raclette dinner party with your dearest friends special.
These moments define the magic of the season and are the ones I’ll carry into the new year. I am full of gratitude, love, and beautiful memories. I hope this inspires you to create your own.
Happy holidays to you!
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