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Raclette recipe

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Aah, raclette! I've just come back from Switzerland and in my new-found passion for cooking, I had to ask for the recipe. Although this isn't a recipe per se, but rather a list of foods which has been lovingly put together. As most people don't have a campfire or a fireplace for a half a block of cheese, I'm adapting this recipe for a raclette grill.

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IngredientsServes: 6

  • 250g raclette cheese per person, sliced
  • 3-4 small waxy potatoes per person, boiled in their skins
  • 50g Bündnerfleisch (Swiss air-dried beef) per person
  • 50g ham per person, such as Prosciutto
  • 1 jar gherkins
  • 1 jar pickled onions
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 pot of tea

MethodPrep:30min ›Ready in:30min

  1. Place all the ingredients on small plates. Place onto the dining table with the raclette grill.
  2. Invite good friends around your table.
  3. Serve black tea.
  4. Each guest receives a raclette tin.
  5. Place the cheese into the small tins and let melt on the lower grill till lightly browned.
  6. Pour melted cheese onto the plate with a piece of potato and eat bites of the other lovely ingredients here and there.
  7. Eat, drink and chat until everyone is happy, full and satisfied.

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What to make on a raclette

Well there can’t be a raclette without some oozing, melted cheese. Place slices of Swiss cheese, emmental or gruyere under the Severin Raclette grill until it’s bubbling and delicious. Tip out over boiled potatoes, crusty loaves or crackers and you’ll be in melted cheese heaven.

2. Cured ham, asparagus and mozzarella skewers
The versatility of a raclette is endless. Skewer some asparagus, cured hams like black forest or parma ham and mozzarella balls, quickly cook on the top grill and you’ve got a tasty meal on a stick. Serve with a simple pesto hollandaise.

3. Beef fillet, aubergine and baby tomato skewers
Here’s another delicious Mediterranean combination. Simply slide cubed fillet and aubergine with some whole tomatoes onto a skewer. Cook on top of the Severin Raclette for a few minutes, season and serve with cheesy goodness.

4. Easy rocket pesto hollandaise
Looking for the icing on your Swiss cake? This pesto hollandaise sauce can be whipped up in five minutes and works like magic with skewered delights.

5. Camembert with honey and NoMU dukkah
Now here’s a good idea. Slice some camembert, drizzle with honey and sesame seeds or a NoMU spice of your choice and grill until it’s ready to be scooped onto bread and devoured.

6. Mixed nuts
Roast some macadamias and walnuts and enjoy these with your choice of melted cheese.

7. Caramelized pears and baby figs with thyme
If you thought raclette was only for mains, think again. There’s a reason they serve cheese platters on the dessert menu.

Add sliced pears and figs with a sprinkling of thyme, brown sugar and honey and place under the grill for a sweet treat.

Are you hungry for a cheese feast? Check out the Severin Raclette on Yuppiechef and our selection of cheese tools to make the prep easy as sliced bread.

There are two ways to cook raclette. The traditional way to prepare a raclette is with a half-moon-shaped round wheel of cheese (which can weigh up to 6kg/13lbs) and a large grill/oven device. The grill melts the top layer of cheese and then you scrape off the cheese and eat it with small firm boiled potatoes.

If you order raclette in a restaurant, this is the way they normally serve it. You can pay for each plate of potatoes and cheese or sometimes they will have an ‘all you can eat’ deal (by the way, this is called ‘a gogo‘ in this country).

The easier way to prepare raclette is to use an electric table-top grill, called a ‘raclonette’. These grills usually have six or eight trays where each person puts a cheese slice on a small square-shaped skillet pan.

The broiler grill melts the cheese slice and then you scrape it onto your plate with a wooden spatula. This method is much easier and is fun for dinners with friends or family!

Everyone prepares their own raclette according to their preference!


Raclette recipe tip: The special Raclette cheese makes the Raclette dish taste best

The best cheese for a raclette dinner is the original same named Raclette cheese, which was made exactly for that reason. For the holiday and winter time supermarkets in Europe stock up on Raclette cheese.

You will find Raclette cheese in the US as well, however it’s not as widely available as in Europe and a special kind of cheese can get quite expensive. A good source to find affordable Raclette cheese is at Trader Joe’s. You can also find Raclette cheese online on Amazon.


You don’t necessarily need Raclette cheese to make a raclette party. Other cheeses will work too for a raclette dinner. You should look out for a cheese with a high fat percentage so it will melt nicely. You should also pick a flavorful, preferably aged cheese. The more flavor the cheese has, the more tasty the raclette will be.

Good alternatives for raclette cheese are: Gouda, Cheddar, butter cheese, Camembert, Mozarella


  1. Brush potatoes under running water and place in microwave-proof bowl half filled with luke warm water and cook on high for 6 mins in their skins. Alternatively you can boil the potatoes on the stove top in a pot filled with water for approximately 18mins on high.
  2. Remove the rind (outer surface) from the cheese. You will need a sharp knife to remove the rind. Once the rind is removed slice 2mm thick slices (thinner if preferred) from the block using a knife or wire cheese slicer. Place on a serving dish, cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate until required.
  3. Arrange gherkins, onions and salami/ham on a platter and set aside until required.
  4. When ready to serve, set table and place raclette grill in the centre of your table and placed cooked potatoes on top of raclette grill in metal bowl or saucepan with lid to keep warm and place gherkins, onions and cheese on table.
  5. Turn raclette grill on to begin to heat up (takes only a minute or two). Each guest takes a slice of cheese, places it in their pan and slides it under the raclette grill to melt. It takes approximately 2 mins to melt to a creamy consistency and 3 mins for a more crispier top. In the meantime take a potato, place onto your plate and cut it into a few pieces and take out the pan from under the grill once it's reached it's preferred consistency and hold the pan onto its side to scrape the cheese out using your wooden spatula. Non- stick pans will allow the cheese to just slide off.
  6. Season to taste with freshly ground pepper.

Raclette Recipes

In this section we have collected a few recipes (including of course the traditional raclette recipe) with raclette and also the hot stone. These recipes have all been tried either with our model The Entertainer or The Gourmet. Of course, you can also order our raclette recipe book which has a few recipes described here plus a lot of new full colour recipes.

Raclette Cheese is another section, telling you where to buy the proper cheese for these and other recipes.

Ordering a raclette grill and information on the model we have available is part of another section.

We also have a section about the origin and history of raclette.

Please note: If you like these recipes please also have a look at our raclette recipe book, full of mouth-watering recipes like the ones you can read here!

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Put potatoes in a medium pot with enough water to just cover them. Cover pot and bring to a boil, then lower to a simmer and cook until potatoes are tender, 15 to 20 minutes. Drain. When cool enough to handle, peel if you like and cut into wedges.

Meanwhile, separate garlic head into cloves, then peel cloves. Add to a large frying pan with onions and oil and cook over medium-low heat, covered and stirring occasionally, until garlic is soft and just starting to turn golden, 10 minutes.

Add the potato wedges and 1/2 tsp. salt. Cook, stirring frequently, until the potatoes are golden brown, about 10 minutes. Add red pepper and cook to heat through. Taste the mixture and season with salt if you like.

While potatoes brown, arrange meats, baguette slices, and olives on plates or on a single platter to share.

Put a heavy 10-in. cast-iron or enameled cast-iron frying pan in oven to warm 5 minutes (cast iron holds heat well and will keep cheese oozy longer). Add raclette to pan and cook until cheese is hot and evenly melted, 5 minutes.

While cheese melts, set everything on the table, including a trivet or warmer for the hot cheese. When cheese is ready, slide it to one side of pan by tilting pan. Transfer potato mixture to cleared side of pan and tuck thyme sprigs next to it if you like. Serve immediately.

*Find raclette at well-stocked grocery-store cheese counters and at cheese shops. If you're using gruyère, a less heat-tolerant cheese, toss it with 1 tbsp. cornstarch and soften it over very low heat on the stovetop, until almost melted then remove from heat and stir.

Set out freshly sliced vegetables on a serving platter, along with bowls of any other trimmings, a pepper mill, and paprika if you wish. Line a serving basket or bowl with a napkin, and wrap the cooked potatoes in it to keep them warm.

Cut the raclette cheese into pan-sized slices, and set them out on another serving dish. For cheese options, consider Emmentaler, Gruyère, or Comté. Use just one or try out different combinations.

Invite guests to experiment with cheese and veggie pairings. Melt the cheese on the grill, and add it, along with any other desired toppings, to a serving of boiled potatoes. The toppings also can be grilled if you wish.

If you're not comfortable leaving the grill unattended, consider hiring or assigning a grill master to make sure the cooking goes smoothly. Things can get a bit messy when melted cheese is involved!

Dozens of different raclette recipes

Raclette cheese can be used for far more than “just” classic raclette with a tabletop stove – the gently melting cheese can be used to enhance lots of different dishes to satisfy different appetites thanks to its typical unique flavour.

All of the recipes have one thing in common: raclette cheese adds a special melted texture to any meal. It tastes best when cooked au gratin with a soft, brown crust. Browse our collection of recipes and discover all the wonderful things that you can make with raclette cheese!

Raclette Pizzaiolo


  • Racletteoven and Raclette Pans
  • 350g Swiss Raclette Cheese, (9 slices)
  • 2 tomatoes
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 1 clove of garlic, cut
  • 1 tablespoon oil from dried tomatoes
  • 3 dried tomatoes, cut
  • ½ bunch Oregano, chopped
  • ½ bunch parsley, chopped
  • Salt pepper


Distribute 8 slices of cheese in the Raclette pans. Slice the tomatoes and place them on the cheese.
Cut the remaining cheese into thin strips and set aside.
Sweat the onions and garlic in oil, mix them with dried tomatoes and herbs, spread them in the pans. Season all and put some small cheese slices on the top.
Melt all in the raclette oven.


White bread or cooked potatoes fit very well.

"Halloween" raclette with pumpkin

20 min. preparation, 20 min. total time


4 servings, 8 raclette pan

  • Raclette oven and raclette pans
  • 1 small pumpkin or butternut squash, peeled, cut into pieces and cooked
  • 800g Raclette Suisse® (Swiss raclette cheese)
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Salt


  1. Preparation at the table: place raclette cheese slices in pans and let melt
  2. Spread pumpkin pieces on cheese and season with salt and pepper.

Preparation tip

You can cover any pan dish with another slice of raclette cheese and grill it.

Recommendation from the cheese specialist

Serve with jacket potatoes.
Cheese in this recipe: Raclette Suisse

Mediterranean raclette


  • Raclette oven and raclette pans or small grill trays
  • 600-800 g Swiss raclette cheese, sliced
  • 1 bunch of spring onions, sliced
  • 1 pkg whole olives
  • 1 glass dried tomatoes in oil
  • Pepper and paprika


Place raclette cheese slices in pans and top with spring onions, olives and tomatoes.
Let melt in raclette oven. Season to taste.

Recommendation from the cheese specialist

Serve with jacket potatoes.
Cheese in this recipe: Raclette Suisse

Raclette with turkey slices, pineapple and peanut chilli pesto


  • Raclette oven and raclette pans or small grill trays
  • 50 g roasted salted peanuts
  • 3-4 tbsp peanut oil
  • 1 small red chilli pepper, w/o seeds
  • 2-3 coriander sprigs
  • 1 ripe baby pineapple
  • 250 g turkey, cut into thin slices
  • 350 g Swiss raclette cheese, sliced
  • Fresh coriander for garnish


Put the peanuts, peanut oil, chilli and coriander in a deep bowl and use a hand blender to mix into a pesto.
Peel and quarter pineapple and cut away stem. Dice pineapple quarters.
Top turkey slices with cheese, add diced pineapple and let melt in raclette oven. Spread peanut pesto on top and garnish as desired with fresh coriander.

Recommendation from the cheese specialist

Goes well with baguette or farmhouse bread
Cheese in this recipe: Raclette Suisse


Boil the potatoes in salted water until you can easily slide in the point of a knife, around 20-25 minutes. Drain, leave to dry and then keep warm. (Your guests should slice these when they’ve got them on their plates.)

Prepare the rest of the ingredients and serve in individual bowls or plates, being careful not to mix the raw meat with any of the other ingredients.

Set up raclette machine according to manufacturer’s instructions.

Grill your meat and vegetables as you wish on the hot plate, making sure to cook them evenly on each side. Put a piece of cheese on each paddle and slide under the grill. When it bubbles and browns, scrape the melted cheese onto meat, bread and/or vegetables. Enjoy with the pickles.

Watch the video: How to Entertain Friends with the Raclette Grill. Food 101. Well Done (January 2022).