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Can you only use Raclette Cheese on a Raclette Grill?

Posting date: 15th November 2009 21:19

I can understand why people get confused as to the use of a Raclette Grill, given that it has the same name as a famous cheese.

In fact, Raclette Grills were first invented by an Alpine shepherd who found a lump of cheese melted directly onto a hot stone in the pastures, and decided he liked the taste. So "raclette" cooking was born.

The traditional dish is melted cheese eaten with boiled (or roasted) potatoes with small gherkins and pickled onions. Modern electrical appliances, used to make the dish are called Raclette grills.

With the tradition originating in Switzerland, Raclette, the meal, is one of Switzerland's best loved national dishes and is very popular in other European countries like France and Germany. The most famous and best Raclette cheese is made in the Swiss Alps. It has a very distinct flavour and excellent melting qualities as well as being the main ingredient that makes the dish.

However, Raclette grill cooking has expanded to include lots of other ingredients. Just google and you will find lots of different recipes.

We sell 2 different types of Raclette grills - those with raised grills, that result in a more "grilled" flavour and need a bit on oil on the good, and those which are truer to the tradition, and use a raclette hot stone to melt or cook the food. This results in a more baked flavour. The hot stone does not need oil or fat so is the healthier option.

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