History tells us that raclette was invented by shepherds in the Alps, or even more specifically, in the Valais region of the Alps. It’s been said that cheese and potatoes were cheap and could be easily carried up the rolling hills of the Alps. The shepherds would bring their cattle and sheep up for better grass and lower daytime temperatures. For dinner, the potatoes would be roasted in the fire and the cheese was placed as a whole on a rock, with the cutting edge facing the fire. The cheese would start melting and could be scraped off onto the roasted or baked potatoes, resulting in a delicious and nutritious meal.
One of our customers has a fire place at home and gives ‘traditional raclette dinner’ a whole new meaning.
She purchased a granite stone that is available for the raclette grill, and used it to hold the half wheel of raclette cheese. She then placed the stone next to the roaring fire in her fire place.
Doesn’t this make your mouth water?
Thank you Diane for these inspiring images, we wish we could have been there!
All of the necessary items can be purchased at RacletteCorner, fire not included!