Raclette Party Recipes (Grill Menu, Cheese, and Dessert)

Use these raclette party recipes to host a Raclette gathering in your home! I’ll show you how. It is a memorable, fun, and relaxed way to share a meal with friends.

A dining table with a raclette grill and party side dishes on it.

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 soirรฉe is a unique, fun, and cozy way to celebrate โ€“ today, I’m doing it with my closest girlfriends. ๐Ÿง€ 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)

Raclette Ingredients

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.

Raclette Cheese

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.

Protein

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.

Vegetable Sides

I love grilling vegetables with raclette! Cut up bell peppers, mushrooms, asparagus, etc., ahead of time, or serve vegetable side dishes or a salad.

New Potatoes

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.

Salad

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.

Bread

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.

Apple Crisp, The Chunky Chef
Pound Cake, Sally’s Baking Addiction
Cheesecake, Natasha’s Kitchen

Dessert

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.

Drink Pairings

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!

Wine

White wine

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.

Red Wine

Try a light, fruity Pinot Noir if you prefer red. Its gentle tannins and red berry notes make it a lovely partner for raclette.

Beer

Pilsner

A light pilsner pairs wonderfully with raclette. The beer’s carbonation and slight bitterness cut through the cheese’s richness.

Wheat Beer

Opt for a wheat beer like Hefeweizen or Witbier for a refreshing, citrusy flavor that complements the cheese’s creaminess.

Non-Alcoholic Drinks

Serve a crisp, non-alcoholic sparkling water with a twist of lemon or lime, a perfect way to cleanse your palate between cheesy bites.

Mocktails

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.

Love theseย Raclette Party Recipes? Leave a 5-star ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ๐ŸŒŸ rating & a review in the comments section further down the page. I love hearing from you!

Follow along on Pinterest,ย Instagram,ย Facebook, and TikTok, and then Subscribeย to my newsletter!

Print
clock clock iconcutlery cutlery iconflag flag iconfolder folder iconinstagram instagram iconpinterest pinterest iconfacebook facebook iconprint print iconsquares squares iconheart heart iconheart solid heart solid icon
A dining table with a raclette grill and party side dishes on it.

Raclette Party Recipes


Description

Be inspired to host friends in your home with these raclette party recipes! It is a memorable, fun, and a relaxed way to share a meal.


Ingredients

raclette cheese, 150-200g (5-7 oz) per person, sliced

new potatoes, (4-6 per person), boiled

protein, (your choice), sliced
beef fillet, chicken, ham, bacon, sausage, salami, shrimp, etc.

vegetables (your choice), sliced
red pepper, mushrooms, zucchini, onions, tomatoes, etc.

toppings (your choice)
cornichons/gherkins, Peruvian peppers, pickled baby corn, etc.

dips or sauces


Instructions

  1. Make any dips or sauces first so the flavors can meld for a bit.
  2. Prepare the raw meat and shrimp beforehand. Cut all food into bite-sized portions so they have a chance to heat fully. Raclette grills are less powerful than a stovetop. Marinade meats as desired.
  3. Boil the potatoes in salt water until fork tender (10-18 minutes depending on size).
  4. Make a salad. (optional)
  5. Cut the cheese to fit the trays for your grill.
  6. When ready to serve, arrange all food on platters and bowls. Separate raw meat from other foods.
  7. Slice and plate the bread.
  8. Follow the instructions to set up your grill. Turn on to medium-high heat.
  9. Brush the grill plate with oil (I use avocado oil) or fry the bacon first to prep the grill. Then, use the bacon fat to cook the other foods.
  10. Place slices of meat, seafood, and vegetables on the hot grill plate. Start with the items that take longer to cook.
  11. While cooking on top of the grill, place cheese slices into the trays under the heating element.
  12. When melted, pour the melted cheese as desired over the warmed potatoes and vegetables. Enjoy!

Notes

All of the ingredients are up to you! Choose your favorites, from meats and seafood to vegetables and breads.

Add more flavor by marinating the meats and sprinkling the cheese with spices you enjoy. Make or purchase dips and sauces to customize the meal.

I stock up on raclette cheese when I see it at the stores, so I can have it beyond the holidays.

If you don’t use all of your cheese for raclette, you can use leftovers in casseroles, pasta dishes, egg dishes, etc. It should stay fresh when stored in the refrigerator for many weeks. Check the package for specifics. You can also freeze hard cheeses (according to this cheese article). I have yet to try it, though.

For cheese quantities, 1 package of raclette cheese for every 2 people or approximately 6 slices per person typically works well.

  • Prep Time: 1 hour
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Category: dinner
  • Method: grilling
  • Cuisine: Swiss

Keywords: raclette cheese, raclette grill, boiled new potatoes, Swiss, French, German

Recipe Card powered byTasty Recipes

Nutrition Label. The nutritional values listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card. Actual amounts may vary.

Planning and Preparation

Let’s plan this party, shall we? Here’s a list of things to prepare.

Send invites

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. ๐Ÿ˜‰

Gather equipment

Here’s what you’ll need to buy, borrow or rent.

A Raclette grill (buy or rent)

Raclette grill accessories
small pans
spatulas
heating elements for each guest

Buy groceries

Cheese for raclette
Gruyure

try Aldi in Minnesota

Groceries traditional Swiss charcuterie includes:
boiled red potatoes
bread
veggies
condiments, such as:
cornichons
pickled onions
mustards.

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 Yearโ€™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.

Food Prep

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.

Raclette Tips

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.

More Party Ideas

Click one of these posts below for additional hosting ideas, including parties, lunch, or dinner!

Favorite Things Party Ideas
Raclette Dinner Ideas
Food Ideas for Raclette
How to Host the Perfect Lunch Party for your Girlfriends
Hosting a Birthday Lunch Party
Garden Party Ideas
Graduation Party Ideas
Oktoberfest Party

Kid Birthday Party Ideas

Click below for more entertaining party options and ideas for children.

Outdoor Kid Picnics
Camping Party for Kids
Food Ideas for Camping Party

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!

xo,
Cindy

Be sure to subscribe or follow me on social media for more inspiration.

Nutrition. Any statements regarding dietary information are to be used at your discretion and should not be used to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.

Subscribe to Bloom’s Recipe Emails

Sign up for Bloom email updates and to receive recipe ideas and more!

There are newsletters for other topics also, including crafts, sewing, gnomes, entertaining, and home & garden.

After you subscribe, simply update your interests by clicking “manage your subscription” at the bottom of the e-mail you receive. That way, we send you only what you like. Enjoy!

Explore More

SHOP for info & resources to buy
RECIPES for more recipes
INSPIRATION for creative project ideas
START HERE for blog home

Some products contain affiliate links. When you buy through affiliate links on my site, I may earn a small commission at no cost to you. See the shop page for more information.

1 comment on “Raclette Party Recipes (Grill Menu, Cheese, and Dessert)

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe rating 5 Stars 4 Stars 3 Stars 2 Stars 1 Star