Many of you are familiar with Cheese Fondue which has its roots from Switzerland. Raclette is another Swiss innovation. It is melted cheese (broiled) that is served over boiled baby potatoes and accompanied by pickled vegetables, pickles and olives. A few models of Raclette ovens have a grill pan on the top of the broiling elements where you can cook meats, seafood, bacon or grill vegetables if so desired. My parents gifted us with a wonderful Raclette oven a few years ago (link) and we have enjoyed it over the past few years. My daughter especially likes shrimp and though I know that shrimp and cheese do not typically get served together I do make some for the kids. There is even a Raclette cheese. I buy mine at Trader Joe’s, but you can find them at well stocked grocery stores from time to time. I have had success in freezing the cheese too – to keep it until the day I make it. If you cannot find Raclette cheese Gruyere will make an excellent substitute as it is similar in taste and texture. Preheat the Raclette oven for about 10 minutes before using. The cheese is melted in non stick trays under the broiler. The meats and vegetables are grilled above on the grill pan if your Raclette oven has that option.
Melt the cheese and serve over boiled baby potatoes that you have roughly mashed with your fork. Season with caraway seed if desired, and dried minced oregano. Serve with pickled vegetables, roasted bell peppers, pickles and an assortment of olives. For meats I cooked Filet Mignon cut into 1 inch pieces and jumbo shrimp that had been peeled and cleaned.