Raclette

Raclette is a traditional meal from Switzerland. It involves potatoes, cheese and bacon. Zandar should love that.

Raclette cheese, I don't know if you can buy that where you live, it is a "semi-firm, salted cheese made from cow's milk." says wikipedia, so try to get something similar. I guess gruyere cheese could work, but it's not really as tasty :/

Anyways.

Ingredients for 4 stomachs:

  • 8 medium potatoes
  • 1kg Raclette cheese
  • pepper
  • ham, prosciutto, chorizo, bacon, stuff like that, about 30 slices of whatever you want.

How to do the stuff so you can eat tasty cheesy potatoes goodness:

Boil potatoes until they are done. Meanwhile, cut the cheese in slices about 3 or 4 mm wide, place on a serving dish and cover.
Set up the charcuterie in another serving plate, cover and set aside.

There, it's ready.

How to eat tasty cheesy potatoes goodness:

Turn on the raclette grill (alternate method for the unlucky folks without one will be given later). Everyone takes a slice of cheese, puts it their small pan, adds some charcuterie, and slides it in the grill so the cheese becomes melty and good.
While the cheese melts and irremediably stains the room with a smelly cheese odor, they grab a potato, peel it, and dice/slice/smash/whatever they feel doing to it, and wait. Once the cheese is melted enough, they pour it on the potato, and they eat it. And they feel good. Also, rinse and repeat until there are no more potatoes to eat.

The idea is that the meal is supposed to be relaxed and keeps everyone busy for a few hours. Perfect for those family reunions, everyone cooks up their stuff leaving so the hosts can actually enjoy a dinner with their guests instead of spending it in the kitchen!

How to eat tasty cheesy potatoes goodness when one doesn't have a raclette grill:

Put the potatoes in a gratin dish, peeled. Put the sliced cheese on top of the potatoes. Put in the oven, previously preheated to 300F or so. Wait and watch for the cheese so it melts but doesn't get all crispy like a gratin.

This only really works when there's 3 or 4 people to serve.

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