Raclette: All Fire and Flames

Posted by Sonja Hoffmann on

October 14th and South Dakota saw the first snow of the season. Time to get cozy with raclette. Add a crackling fire in the background and of course the delicious melted cheese and we are ready for the winter to come. Which brings me to this post’s topic: I found a company in Switzerland that makes a holder for the raclette cheese to be placed next to the open fire. I call it the ‘Flame’. The holder is made of aluminum with a the solid wood handle for an easy and secure grip.

Raclette Holder "Flame" with half wheel of raclette cheeseRaclette holder placed to the fire, waiting for the cheese to meltRaclette cheese being scrapped off the wheel

Our friends have an open fireplace and that is where we tried it. The cheese was set tightly into the holder. Instead of holding on to the handle the whole time we found a way to lay it down. When the cheese started to melt, we scraped it off the wheel onto a prepared plate.

Raclette cheese over boiled potatoes, salami, prosciutto and pickled asparagus and cucumber

The raclette cheese was served with boiled fingerling potatoes, salami, prosciutto, and gherkins, sprinkled with my own raclette spices. The taste was absolute fantastic. Maybe it’s just the setting at the fire but I think the open flame gives the cheese a wonderful smokey flavor. We used the Emmi Raclette Cheese, but maybe you would prefer the French Livradoux?

This was a true Swiss Raclette evening, only missing the traditional Swiss Buendnerfleisch, a dried meat that I didn’t have the day we had raclette.


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