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Category: Swiss, Appetizers

 Ingredients List

  • Raclette cheese
  • Roasted potatoes
  • Bread


Raclette cheese is also called Bagnes, Gomser, Valais Raclette, and Fromage
a Raclette. There are a number of Raclette-type cheeses in Switzerland;
among these are Belsano and Belalp. Gruyere is somewhat similar.

Raclette is made in Switzerland, primarily in the canton of Valais; most is
made on farms of unpasteurized whole cow's milk. The cheese is in the Swiss
flavor family. It tastes mild and delicious when served at room
temperature; soft and nutty; heating unlocks extra flavors and aroma.
Texture is very firm. The cheese resembles Gruyere, with a slightly rough,
light-brown rind and a pale-ivory-yellow to light-brown interior with more
holes than Gruyere.

Swiss cheese are quite reliable; federal inspectors grade the cheeses
according to strict standards. Swiss law prohibits the use of artificial
additives, coloring agents, and milk from cows fed on silage. The rind
should be even and have no cracks. The cheese should not be sharp. The text
should not be grainy. Best is between four and six months old; if uncut,
will continue to age. If cut, keeps about one month if well-wrapped.

To prepare Raclette: A thick slice is cut across the surface of the whole
cheese and toasted until runny and bubbling. It is usually eaten with a
roasted potato. Another method is to put the slice of cheese in front of a
fire and then scrape it onto bread.

Also served unheated as a table cheese at the end of meals.

Good with light German beer and white Swiss wines, such as Fendant.

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