Raclette dinner party

Where I grew up in Québec winters always consisted of nights of fondue or raclette. We always had fondue during the holidays either Christmas Day or New Year’s Eve. Another ” interactive” dining experience is Raclette. It’s a Swiss dish of melted cheese over a variety of meats and vegetables often served with pickled vegetables. In Québec you can usually find raclette restaurants and stores carry raclette grills in the kitchen appliance section. I was home last Christmas and bought one and packed it up in my carry on luggage excited to bring back to the US the grill. The thing I love best about raclette is the laid back way of cooking and eating. It gives your guests a change to eat slowly and talk over bottles of wine. Grazing and having lots of wine helps you digest this indulgent menu. You can serve it with beef tenderloin or simple cured meats in your meat section of your favorite grocery store. I can usually get all my components at one store but I never skimp on the quality of a good baguette and raclette cheese. I have also fallen in love recently with Peruvian peppers from the police bar at Whole Foods. These gems are packed with flavor and my new obsession. What I try to include in my meal is a mix of salty, sour, and sweet. Here’s my list I pick up for my raclette menu. For about 6 people you will spend about 100$.

  • Swiss Raclette cheese sliced
  • Variety of olives from the olive bar
  • Peruvian peppers
  • Roasted red peppers
  • Fingerling potatoes
  • Roasted garlic
  • Caramelized onions ( I make in advance )
  • Pickled red onions (I’ll post in later )
  • Sliced mushrooms
  • Kielbasa
  • Assorted cured meats like salami, prosciutto, etc
  • Blanched asparagus
  • Baguette sliced, buttered and lighted toasted
  • Arugula tossed in ACV, maple syrup, EVoo, salt and pepper
  • Wine…red or white

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