Raclette is probably my favorite French dish and would you believe it is just basically cheese and potatoes?
Raclette machines are 2 fold: The bottom is used to melt the cheese in little trays. The top is used to cook your meat. It is the easiest meal to prepare because the only thing YOU have to cook are the potatoes! The rest is cooked by the individual. This is a great meal to do when you are with family and friends who are not in a hurry and like to chat. The meal is slow-paced and believe me... you will be in a cheese coma by the end of it!
The table- use a round or square formation rather than a long rectangle, so that the raclette machines can have maximum use!
Potatoes- Skinning these is optional. (Just make sure you boil them until a fork can be easily inserted inside)
Cold cuts... we usually buy a variety pack in the sandwich meat section! (Cured HAM is my favorite!)
Buy RACLETTE cheese at the store. It should already be cut into little squares that will fit in the melting trays.
The meal is typically served with a light salad. (We did mache with vinaigrette) Another fun item to add to the dish is pineapple!
As you can see, you put 1 slice of cheese in the melting tray and your cold cuts/pineapple on the top to cook.
Wait until your cheese is bubbling and sliding around so it will pour easily over your meat & potatoes. Then voila! Your meal is ready. Bon Appetite!