RACLETTE IS THE ORIGINAL SWISS MELTING CHEESE. ITS TRANSCENDENT FLAVOR WILL MELT YOUR HEART AND WARM YOUR SOUL!
Photo by Elizabeth Stark, Brooklyn Supper
By Kat Johnson
Raclette is one of the most adaptable cheeses. If it was a person, it would be just as comfortable in overalls as it is in a tux. Sound crazy? Stay with me….
According to Emmi USA, Raclette is the cheese of legend, based on the story of a man from Valais by the name of Leon. One cold day, with food scarce in the open pastures, Leon heated up a piece of cheese on the open fire to ease his hunger and keep warm. He found the melted cheese had a transcendent flavor. It not only complemented other foods – it made a great, satisfying meal for his family.
Basically, raclette is of humble beginnings, and one of the best ways to enjoy this gooey cheese is the same way that Leon first did – over an open fire. I’m speaking from experience. The last time I enjoyed raclette was at Shacksbury’s Harvest Camp in Vermont. The affair kicked off with cans of locally-produced cider, fire-roasted raclette, and crunchy bread.
photo by Hannah Fordin
Luckily, you don’t have to have fire-tending skills to properly enjoy the wonders of raclette. This is a cheese that can elevate any occasion – from burger night to brunch! For serious cheese lovers, a raclette grill can be used to perfectly melt the cheese and dramatically scrape it to serve. If you don’t have a special grill for your cheese, you can simply pre-slice the raclette and place it in the oven to melt!
Get even more raclette inspiration this winter from our friends at Emmi USA. You can find out where to purchase this one-of-a-kind cheese and browse their recipes at emmiusa.com.