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Raclette party! 
May 18, 2010 8:02 am 
Updated: May 19, 2010 11:26 am
We love doing Raclette.  Our friends (the husband is from Switzerland) introduced us to Raclette years ago, and Sunday night we had them over, along with some other friends.  Although our swiss friend says our ingredients aren't exactly traditional, he enjoyed it anyway.  It's basically a little tabletop grill that everyone cooks on.  Traditionally it's served with boiled potatoes, cornichos (baby pickles), pickled onions, and Raclette cheese, which smells like really stinky, dirty feet, but tastes divine, and baguette bread.  We served white and red wine.

Our friends enjoying the raclette...

The grill loaded with good food, note the cheese in the little trays below, looks like someone is also toasting a piece of baguette.  The kids like to do little pizzas with bread, mozzarella, and sausage.
For our Raclette party I served several cheeses, raclette, swiss, mozzarela, and gouda.  I provided lots of baguette bread, cornichos, (I forgot the cocktail onions), strips of steak, sausage, shrimp, red bell pepers and an assortment of mushrooms.

You melt the cheese in the little trays below, cook the meat and vegetables on the grill on top, and once the cheese is melted and bubbly, you scrape the cheese onto the bread and add any vegetables/meat you want!

We had two grills and set them up on the counter and the table, and everyone just walked around, talked, cooked, drank wine (except for kids, of course), and ate great food!

I hope you enjoy the pics, and if you're interested I got my raclette grill from Amazon, I got the same brand as my friends, Swissmar (but of course)!   
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May 18, 2010 9:18 am
What a fun wayto spend with friends! Good food and drink. This looks like a lot of fun. Thanks for sharing. ;)
May 18, 2010 9:20 am
Looks like a blast. Had never heard of it-Thanks!
May 18, 2010 9:23 am
my kind of party-wander around and eat, this may be the new fondue.
May 18, 2010 9:45 am
Looks like fun...i might try!
May 18, 2010 10:07 am
What a fun party! Thanks for the explanation. Hollar when you have the next one and I'll be over with wine in hand!
May 18, 2010 10:37 am
What a fun party! Thanks for the explanation. Hollar when you have the next one and I'll be over with wine in hand!
May 18, 2010 10:37 am
News to me - thanks for sharing. I will arrive with Dog...
May 18, 2010 10:40 am
How fun! And it all looks so delicious!!
May 18, 2010 10:47 am
Aww...your blog brought back a few memories from a couple of years ago! DH's grandparents are of Swiss heritage and wanted to do something a little non-traditional for Christmas dinner. So, they decided to do a Raclette dinner. And, of course none of the grand-kids had ever heard of it. There were 25 of us crammed into their little apartment, with 3 Raclette grills going. We had it the traditional way with boiled potatoes, pickles and onions. And, you're right about the cheese...it definitely stinks but the taste is out of this world! Thanks so much for posting this!!
May 18, 2010 12:12 pm
oh my it looks so yummy and what a great and fun way to spend time with friends and enjoy good food...thanks for sharing (i had not heard of 'raclette' before...great pics too!!!
May 18, 2010 6:20 pm
Thanks everyone, you are all certainly invited to our next party, including poochies! Catlin, glad you enjoyed it, I have never done it traditionally, but sounds awesome!
May 18, 2010 11:29 pm
Redneck G. has the take I had...could be the fondue of this era. Fun pics and interesting party report.
May 19, 2010 11:26 am
I love Raclett! It's a favourite way of throwing a cosy party! As a child we had Raclett ever so often, and I kept up this tradition! Loved seeing your pics! Thank you!
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