A fun way to dig in and savor this cold winter weather is to host a raclette party. Raclette is a type of cheese made in France and Switzerland for the sole purpose of being heated and then scraped onto little boiled potatoes. When the husband served a mission for our church, he became exposed to this goodness and we continue the tradition in our family (and with friends) today. I love placing the raclette machine in the middle of the table with our guests sitting around talking and eating....more talking and eating. It's a very social meal, much like fondue.
You will need to first invest in a raclette machine which can be purchased here or at your local gourmet kitchen store (we found ours in San Francisco).
The general rule of thumb for cheese is to purchase 1/3 lb. raclette per person. Locally, you can find raclette at Harmons or Liberty Heights Fresh. I believe both places offer both French raclette (more earthy) and Swiss raclette (more refined). Slice up the cheese rather thin and then place in the little trays under the heated machine until bubbly. Scrape onto boiled potatotes and enjoy. If you are up for trying something new, and easy, give this raclette party menu a try:
* Harmons homemade italian sweet sausage with fennel (grill on top of the raclette machine)
* good olives and fresh cornichons (the latter being a traditional accompaniment) from Liberty Heights Fresh
* boiled Yukon gold potatoes in the smallest size available (sprinkle a little nutmeg or paprika on top for an extra zing)
* grilled zucchini (again, grill on top)
* a crusty French loaf or baguette
Bon Appetit! Oh, and email me if you have further questions~