Raclette Dinner Party - Recipe Ideas

Holding a Raclette Party is easy and I have some simple raclette recipe ideas to impress your guests.

Okay, I know Raclette grills have been about for ages, and I've always wanted one, but since our house is already overrun with more kitchen gadgets than you can shake a stick at.

I've controlled myself from buying one; until last week that is.

Raclette Party

Oh my goodness, they are such fun, and I say everyone should rush out and get a Raclette Grill immediately, if not sooner.

Relaxed and sociable eating along with drinking, a raclette meal can still be going on hours later.

What can be nicer than cooking your own meal at the table, picking and choosing for yourself just what you fancy?

if you're wondering where you can buy Racellet Cheese, both Waitrose and Sainsbury's Emmi Raclette Classique Swiss Cheese Slices. Yes it's in slices but that's okay.

However you can use any cheese that melts such as Gruyère but I tend to use Cheddar cheese and it works just fine.

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Raclette Party Ingredients

Whoa! I've just noticed that CHEESE is missing from the table, I must have brought it out after the pictures. And in case you're wondering about drinks, the wine hadn't got to the table at this point either. Not very organised am I?!

The only slight problem I need to overcome is there isn't enough room at the table for any more people once it's filled with the grill and all the food.

More about Raclette:

The name 'Raclette' refers to a meal and also to a type of cheese with the same name. Which as yet I've not been able to find here in the UK, that said I haven't looked hard enough as I've discovered you can get it here.

Traditionally raclette is a dish is of melted cheese and boiled potatoes served with small gherkins and pickled onions along with dried meats, ham, and sausages, etc.

These days we can now buy one as an electrical appliance called Raclette grills, which are tabletop machines. They come with either a stone top or a metal griddle and or pancake griddle.

Raclette grills also come with individual melting pans (called coupelles) that sit underneath the top and are used to melt cheese or heat already cooked foods such as boiled potatoes.

The Food:

You can have whatever takes your fancy but cheese is a must. Clockwise from the top starting with the Lazy Susan turntable;

Sliced mushrooms, sliced red and green bell peppers, jalapeno peppers, sweetcorn, baby tomatoes.

Sliced new potatoes (feeling lazy myself I used the ones in a tin).

Thinly sliced strips of beef marinated in Jack Daniel's Hot Pepper Steak Sauce, thinly sliced chicken fillet marinated in Old El Paso Original Smoky BBQ spicy mix for fajitas.

Pepperoni soured cream and chives (only because I had some living on the fridge which needed to be used up) and sliced onion.

The Raclette grill came with 8 melting pans and since there were only two of us at this 'Raclette party for two' I made a couple of dishes ready to take out to the table and for these pictures.

As soon as I've started eating, sorry folks but pictures just ain't gonna happen!

Here they are BEFORE being cooked:
Raclette Melting Pans

Above is a concoction of egg (just crack into the melting pan) top with a slice of Monterey Jack cheese and sprinkle with a little paprika for a bit of colour.

Verdict, very moreish and truly delicious. And my next concoction, a pizza style fiery mixture of cheesy goodness!

Raclette Cheese

Into the melting pan, slices of cooked new potatoes, topped with a mix of grated cheeses fiery from the added crushed chillies (available in any good supermarket) add to that slices of pepperoni halved baby tomatoes a couple of jalapeno peppers taken from a jar.

A few snipped chives, why did I use those? Because I had some left from making the soured cream earlier.

Raclette Party Pepperoni and Cheese

All that's left to do is pop the pan underneath the raclette to bubble and melt then enjoy.

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Raclette Dinner Party Recipe Ideas

Raclette Dinner Party Recipe Ideas

here are just a few ideas for a Raclette party.
You can, of course, make up your own. The best thing is you don't have to do all the cooking!

Ingredients:

Ideas to cook in the Melting pans
  • You can have whatever takes your fancy but some sort of cheese is a must. If you can't get Raclette cheese, don't worry, I couldn't. But Cheddar, Monterey Jack, Gruyère and even Feta cheese all work well.
  • Sliced mushrooms, sliced red and green bell peppers, jalapeno peppers, sweetcorn, baby tomatoes.
  • Sliced new potatoes (feeling lazy myself I used the ones in a tin).
  • Crack an egg into the melting pan and top with grated Monterey Jack cheese then sprinkle with paprika.
  • Pepperoni, soured cream and chives (only because I had sour cream living in the fridge which needed to be used up) and sliced onion.
  • Nachos with Salsa, Cheese and Jalapeño Peppers: Crumble up your nachos, top with salsa and a little grated cheese then top with jalapeño peppers. Once they've melted under the raclette you can top with sour cream.
Ideas to cook on top of the Raclette grill
  • Whatever you are planning to cook be sure to slice chicken, beef or fish thinly.
  • If you're not going to marinate chicken, meat or fish it's a good idea to drizzle with a tiny bit of oil and mix before cooking, it just helps to cook it better and stop it sticking.
  • Thinly sliced strips of beef marinated in Jack Daniel's Hot Pepper Steak Sauce, thinly sliced chicken fillet marinated in Old El Paso Original Smoky BBQ spicy mix for fajitas.
  • Sliced mushrooms, sliced red and green bell peppers, jalapeno peppers, sweetcorn, baby tomatoes. and sliced new potatoes from a tin.

Instructions:

To cook with a Raclette grill
  1. Prepare all your ingredients first and cover with cling film. 
  2. Refrigerate meat, fish and poultry but remove from the fridge 30 minutes before you plan to start cooking.
  3. You can prepare a few dishes beforehand or let everyone do their thing, which is what's supposed to happen. But if you're having a Raclette party for two I find it better to prepare a few first, only because I know what we both like to eat. 
  4. Just remember meat, fish and poultry has to be cooked on top of the grill to allow them to cook properly. 
  5. Vegetables can go on the top too but they can also go into the melting pans. 
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11 comments

  1. Oh my word!! I now want it, my friend in France was telling me about these and now seeing it,my interest has possibly quadrupled! Raclette can be bought here I have seen it at markets but Waitrose online sell it.

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  2. Wanted one for ages, but not seen one locally (in Hull) before today. Just bought one today (23 Dec 13) from Lidl for £17.99. Can't wait to get started on it tonight. Ian

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  3. Wanted one for ages, but not seen one locally (in Hull) before today. Just bought one today (23 Dec 13) from Lidl for £17.99. Can't wait to get started on it tonight. Ian

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  4. Wanted one for ages, but not seen one before today in shops in Hull. Bought one this morning (23 Dec 13) in Lidl for £17.99. Can't wait to get started on it tonight. ian

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  5. My daughter bought me one for Christmas 2 years ago and still haven't used it! Want really sure what to cook on it? Yes we do have the cheeses in every supermarket here in France but thought the pan was just to melt the cheese in? And didn't fancy poring melted cheese over beef or chicken! As the French do. .so armed with that's recipes I will get it out of the store cupboard and give them a go..

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  6. We also got one from Lidl for 17.99, works a treat!
    We also got the raclette cheese there, much cheaper than waitrose and tasted amazing melted over boiled potatoes :)

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  7. We buy the cheese at lidl and freeze it as it isn't on sale very often and flies off the shelf!

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  8. We buy it from lidl and freeze it as they don't sell it regularly.

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  9. we've had a raclette for years now and have done every kind as to seafood and wine with the adults to pizza night with the grandkids the youngest being 7 they love it..we love it

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