Raclette cheese

Raclette cheese

The easiest way to explain this – it’s French-Swiss cheese. Made in a French speaking region of Switzerland, this cheese first appeared centuries ago. The name Raclette comes from the French word “racler” which means to scrape. In the mountains of the Alps, the cow herders would take the cheese in a semi-hard form so it would last. Legend has it one, night, one of the men put a piece of cheese on his knife and placed it over the fire creating the melting goodness and then used the cheese to put on his potatoes. The cheese continued to grow in popularity and is now a dish in Switzerland. There are grills and melters designed for this dish and many different items for dipping in the cheese. This cheese has a salty and nutty taste and a “distinctive” smell. It is slightly acidic and made from cow’s milk. It has a creamy consistency and balanced fat content so it melts well without separating or becoming oily. Tonight, it’s going on my pizza, but I will be trying more of the traditional Raclette recipes I found while doing research!

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