The word "raclette" comes from the French word "to scrape." Raclette makes up a simple meal that was enjoyed by shepherds in the fields. They would boil up some potatoes, and heat a stone and melt a bit of the raclette cheese on the hot stone. Once melted, the cheese was scraped off and served on top of the potatoes. Raclette has a long history and has been mentioned in medieval writings.
Nowadays, raclette is cooked in special raclette pans instead of on hot rocks. There are two types of raclette cooking tools. One is the device below:
The melted cheese is served over boiled potatoes, and sliced cold meats, charcuteries, cornichon pickles, and pickled onions are traditionally served on the side. A dry white wine is best to accompany this dish. This is a very simple and humble meal, and very filling.
Want to have a raclette party this winter? You can get the basics online!
Please note: raclette cheese is a little "stinky" on first smell. Don't be put off; the taste is very different from the smell. Give it a chance, Bon appetit!