Hot over potatoes, it’s a cozy Alpine dish

Cheese ease
James Carrier


Raclette is a cheese from Switzerland. It’s also the name of the wonderfully simple main dish made by scooping the melted cheese onto hot potatoes and adding onions and pickles.

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The Swiss melt raclette in an elaborate portable electric gizmo. At home, just use a fireplace or the broiler. The fireplace is my preference. Just put a hunk of cheese in a shallow pan and push it close to the flames. Pull it away to scrape off the melted cheese, then push it back to melt some more.

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