Plan your next cozy dinner party around raclette, the classic French and Swiss Alpine cheese known for its great melting properties.
By Yankee Magazine
Jan 09 2023
Raclette is a melting cheese that is popular in Switzerland and in Alpine regions of France. You can find it at most cheese shops, at many large supermarkets, and online. New England–based makers of raclette- style cheeses include Jasper Hill Farm’s “Whitney” cheese from Vermont, Josh Pond’s “Rocky Lake Raclette” from Maine, and Swallow Ridge Farm’s “Swallow Ridge Raclette” from New Hampshire.
10 ounces raclette cheese, cubed
5 carrots, peeled and cut into batons
Freshly ground black pepper
1 1⁄2 pounds baby potatoes, halved
12 ounces cauliflower and/or broccoli florets
8–10 ounces prosciutto, or other ham of your choice
1–2 baguettes, sliced
Gherkin pickles or other pickles of your choice
Preheat oven to 425 °F and set racks to the upper- and lower-third positions. In a small, oven-safe skillet (preferably cast iron), arrange the cheese cubes in an even layer. Set aside.
In a medium bowl, toss the carrots with olive oil, salt, and pepper. Arrange the carrots on a rimmed baking sheet and roast on the bottom rack for 10 minutes. Meanwhile, in the same bowl, toss the potatoes with the olive oil and seasonings. Remove the carrots from the oven and add the potatoes to the baking sheet. Return to oven for 10 more minutes. Finally, toss the cauliflower and/or broccoli florets with the olive oil and seasonings, and add them to the baking sheet. Roast until all the vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes more. Remove from oven and set aside.
Set the skillet with the cheese on the top rack and cook, checking often, until it’s melted and bubbling, 8 to 10 minutes.
To serve, arrange the roasted vegetables, baguette slices, and ham on a platter or cutting board. Set the cheese in the center of the table with the pickles and mustard on the side. Let your guests spoon some cheese onto their plates to eat with all the accompaniments.