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More Raclette Dinner Party Recipe Ideas

When I first bought my Raclette grill I had no idea we'd use it so much.  It's such fun making up your own mad food concoctions!  I wrote a post on Raclette Dinner Party Ideas a while back and as it's been so popular, I thought I'd share my latest and rather yummy ideas.

One being Nachos with Salsa, Cheese and Jalapeño Peppers - just 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.

Please note - all pictures were taken before being cooked.

You don't have to do this but I like to prepare a few dishes beforehand for less faff at the table since we have little room - our table seats four but the food takes up all the room!
From left to right and ready to cook in the grill pans we have:
Egg, Feta and Roasted Peppers (from a jar) sprinkled with a few Chilli Flakes.
Egg, Grated Cheese, Sweetcorn and a generous sprinkling of Smoked Paprika.
The 3rd pan along is a repeat of the first.
Then then Nachos, Salsa, Cheese and Jalapeño Peppers from a jar.
The next pan is a repeat of the 2nd pan.

Sliced bread drizzled with olive oil ready for toasting on the top of the raclette.
The chicken strips were marinated in a little oil along with a good dose of Chipotle Chilli Paste.

At the table serve a selection of whatever else you fancy.  Just remember meat and chicken most certainly have to be cooked on top of the grill (or with will not cook through) along with onions, bell peppers, mushrooms, cooked potatoes, bread etc.  Things like cheese, eggs, cooked peppers are good to go into the grill pans - basically anything you want to heat up of melt.

If you haven't got one of these marvelous inventions then you must get one immediately - great fun!
Your Raclette will come with little wooden spatula type thing you use to turn your food with - the dishwasher is the best place for these after use to get them beautifully clean.  Just remember to dry thoroughly before storing.  A pair of skinny tongs are good for adding any meat items to the grill.

Personally I think this raclette grill by Swan is great - the stone top is removable and really easy to clean once it's cooled down of course.  Some of these grills have a non stick top but to be honest nothing really sticks to this one and it has lasted ages and still looks like new.  I might be wrong but I suspect the coating wouldn't last long on some then they won't look as good a few uses down the line.

The one thing I will point out is that once you have all your food on the table there isn't any room for anyone else - more reason to have a Raclette Party for Two!

Update June 2017:  This is the Raclette I bought and still use to to this day!

Raclette Dinner Party - Recipe Ideas

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.....till last week that is.

Oh my goodness they are such fun and I say everyone should rush out and get one immediately!
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?

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 drink....yes the wine hadn't got to the table at this point either!  The only slight problem I need to overcome is there isn't enough room at the table for anymore 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 table top 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....coz once I've started eating and drinking, pictures just ain't gonna happen!

Here they are BEFORE being cooked:

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!

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 a couple of jalapeno peppers taken from a jar.  A few snipped chives, why? because I had some left from making the soured cream earlier.

All that's left to do is pop the pan underneath the raclette to bubble and melt then enjoy.
Check out some more of my raclette recipes.

I hope this post has made you want a raclette grill - yes or no?
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