Totally forgot to mention that we had a raclette party last Saturday, inspired by our raclette dinner in Paris. I ordered a small 4 tray raclette grill from KlinQ.com (via Amazon) which came all the way from Montreal for the occasion.
Stephanie’s dad Jean-Claude and Sabine were both in town to vote in the first round of the French elections, so we decided to make a party out of it. They brought some aged raclette cheese from their Santa Rosa “fromage contact,” as well as some prosciutto, and we supplied the rest. FM Tech was in fullish effect, as was Marcia de Petaluma.
The heating element is beneath the grill surface, so you can cook veggies (and/or meat) on top while the cheese melts in little trays below. Then you use a little wood scraper (in the bottom left) to get the melted cheese out of the tray and on to your dish.
Sliced boiled potatoes on the bottom, followed by various charcuterie, some grilled mushrooms, melted raclette cheese, a cornichon (pickle), and a spear of grilled asparagus.
After the traditional raclette, Stephanie prepared some chevre-chaud (literally: hot goat [cheese]), consisting of a sliced baguette drizzled with olive oil, toped off with some chevre and a sprinkle of herbes de provence, all cooked together under the heat. SO good.