Wednesday, 24 October 2012

Raclette Party Time!


So what do French people do when it’s cold outside? When they want to gather some friends around for some food, when they go skiing or need some comfort food but don’t want to spend their time cooking? They have a Raclette Party of course! Oh oui, it’s so simple but so delicious at the same time.

Raclette is a traditional meal during which people eat melted Raclette cheese from Savoie or Switzerland poured over boiled potatoes, served with a green side salad and charcuterie (cured meat).  You need a Raclette grill which is an electric grill with little pans on it that you use to grill a slice of cheese. The grill is placed in the middle of the table so people can melt their own cheese at their pace.





It’s a lovely way to spend the evening, doesn’t require much effort for the host and always satisfies the guests. Raclette grills are sold on the internet but I was lucky to find one ages ago in a supermarket in Dublin. I guess if I found one in Ireland, you can get one pretty much anywhere you are.

If you are based in Dublin, shops like Sheridans Cheesemongers or Fallon and Byrne sell Raclette cheese (around €19 a kilo). You should get around 200g of cheese for each guest and slice it.
Buy loads of different kind of meat: ham, Serrano ham, prosciutto, saucisson, salami, chorizo, Rosette… Put everything nicely on a platter. For an Irish version you can even cook bacon to serve with the cheese and spuds. Boil enough potatoes for everyone, make a nice dressing for your green salad and get some French cornichons (gherkins). People then help themselves to anything they want.

I had a Raclette Party in my house last Saturday and enjoyed this lovely feast with some French/Irish company. We had some Kir (creme de cassis and white wine) before the meal to feel like in France, then the smell of cheese started to invade the house as we melted the Raclette, I even threw some bacon and sausages on top of the grill to add an Irish twist to my Raclette.
Some good food and good company, et voila... That's the magic of a Raclette Party!


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18 comments

  1. Racelettes are one of my favourite things about French cooking....so simple and fun...you don't have to worry about lots of preparation so can spend time chatting to your guests! Sounds like a great night :-)

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    1. It was a great night! I love it, spuds and cheese is a perfect Irish/French match ;-)

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  2. A wonderful Winter dish!! Yes, it already feels like Winter outside... I'm making one this week but without the lovely raclette dish I'm afraid (I don't have one and the kitchen is already packed packed packed!).

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    1. I love it so much that I have Raclette parties in the middle of August! You'll come to my place one day for a proper Raclette party ;-)

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    2. Yes! Raclette parties anytime of the year! And merci for l'invitation, I haven't been to a raclette party in years!! Yay :)

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    3. Oh and great new layout of the blog by the way, bien joué!

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    4. Thanks! I thought it needed a clearer layout ;-)

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  3. Oh my God, I'd probably remortgage my house right now for some of that...grilled cheese, charcuterie meats...heaven!

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    1. Haha...You don't need to remortgage your house, just go to the shop to buy the stuff ;-)

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  4. I love raclette!! My family always has a raclette meal for new years eve :)
    Like the new blog layout!!

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  5. Oh yeah! Raclette is great for New Year's eve ;-)
    Thanks Edith, your new design looks great too!

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  6. Hello

    Do you know where I can buy some raclette cheese in Ireland?

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  7. Hi there,

    If you are Dublin-based Fallon and Byrne or Sheridans Cheesemongers sell Raclette.
    I'm not sure about other places in Ireland, where are you based? I can check it out for you.

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  8. Hi !
    Do you know if we can find some Raclette cheese in Waterford ?
    I don't feel like going to Dublin only to buy it and I'm craving for a Raclette to make me feel like I'm back at home :D

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  9. I thought Raclette was from Switzerland.

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  10. Where can I buy a Raclette Grill in Ireland?

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    1. I've only seen them in Lidl, they usually sell them around January/February.

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