When it’s cold in Texas, you make chili. When it’s cold in northern France, you make Raclette. The best part about Raclette is that you don’t even have to cook anything – your guests do all of the cooking for you!

Raclette is the name of a glorious cheese that is best served warm, gooey, and melted all over potatoes (and, traditionally, charcuterie). The meal Raclette encompasses so much more than the cheese itself.

You go out and buy several packages of Raclette cheese; here in France, they say how many people each package can serve. You set up your handy dandy Raclette device, which I just so happened to receive as a Christmas present from my dear boyfriend. The machine is basically a hot griddle with space underneath the griddle to put your cheese holder, which you slide underneath to melt your cheese slice while you get your sides ready. On the table,  you set up an assortment of sides that your guests can cover with cheese.

Although this isn’t really a recipe, I felt obligated to share it with you, because it is so very good!


Here’s what you need:

  • about 6 slices of Raclette per person
  • 2-3 small baked potatoes per person
  • sliced mushrooms
  • sliced yellow and red bell peppers
  • sliced avocado
  • sliced onion
  • pickles
  • cooked broccoli
  • cooked cauliflower
  • salad (on the side)

Here’s what to do:

  1. Choose any of the ingredients above, as long as you include the cheese, potatoes, and pickles, for tradition’s sake.
  2. Spread everything out on the table as shown above.
  3. Heat up your slice of Raclette. While it’s melting, cut up a baked potato on your plate while you put some vegetables on the grill to cook. When your vegetables are cooked and your cheese is melted, add them on top of your potato and dig in.
  4. Repeat as necessary!

Stay warm, everyone. Happy New Year!