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Raclette || Date Night In

With 2 kids at very different stages of their lives Todd and I hardly ever get the chance to go out on an actual date night by ourselves anymore. In my opinion, we’ve actually become pretty darn good at creating epic date night’s in for ourselves. In our 11 years together we have come up with some deliciously fun ideas for our stay at home date night’s, but this Raclette for two is hands down one of my favorites to-date. 

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A wedge of raclette cheese on a wood cutting board on top of a chevron wooden tabletop. On another wooden board there are sliced red and yellow heirloom tomatoes, small bowls of black olives, a bowl of red, purple, and yellow boiled baby potatoes. There are 2 personal raclette burners with raclette cheese bubbling in them.

What exactly is raclette? Let’s talk about it! 

Raclette cheese is a type of cow’s milk cheese from Switzerland.  It is a nutty, aromatic cheese that can be mild or slightly spicy depending on the age of the wheel you are partaking from. The actual word “raclette” itself comes from the French word racler which means “to scrape” and that’s pretty much exactly what you do to serve this incredible cheese …you heat it over a heating element or open flame and then scrape the melted cheese onto prepared potatoes, charcuterie, or vegetables. You see, raclette isn’t a cheese you eat cold or even at room temperature, it’s a cheese that requires a bit of heat to really bring the flavor before you indulge in it. 

A woman in a yellow shirt and a li9nen apron is making raclette. She is holding a small utensil over a tabletop raclette burner that is used to "scrape" the melted cheese onto boiled potatoes, bread, etc. There is also a small wooden board that has sliced tomatoes on it on the table top and a plate with slices of raclette cheese.

What type of heating element do you need for raclette? 

Well, that depends on how BIG you’re going! If you are hosting a raclette party, you may want to invest in a large table top grill that can melt a lot of cheese and cook things like meat and vegetables at the same time. Or you may just want a table top, electric raclette machine that can handle a big wedge of cheese. For just the two of us, I like to use tea light candles and these small Boska Holland Partyclettes. They’re small to store, only cost about $20 a piece, and they melt thin slices of cheese really quickly. No room for more single use gadgets in your cupboards? I totally get it! You can totally just place thin slices of raclette cheese in a cast iron skillet and melt it under the broiler in the oven for a few minutes until its melted and super bubbly. Then just scoop and serve instead of scraping from the wheel.

A wheel of raclette cheese and a small personal raclette burner are sitting on a table top with other items used for raclette - sliced cheese, meats, boiled potatoes, and sliced tomatoes

What do you serve with raclette?

Literally, I don’t think there are limitations here…if you can put ooey-gooey melted cheese on it then you can serve it raclette style. Here are a few of our favorites though:

  •  boiled potatoes
  •  toasted bread or crackers
  •  cornichon pickles
  • roasted or grilled vegetables
  • charcuterie
  • apples and pears 

Do you have any fun date night in recipes or ideas to share? I’d love to hear about them! Or, if  you’ve made this Raclette for a date night in or a party or you’ve made any other recipe on our site then don’t forget to rate the recipe and let me know what you thought in the comments below, I love hearing from you! You can also FOLLOW ME on FACEBOOK, INSTAGRAM, TWITTER, and PINTEREST to see more delicious food, design, and decor.

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Meg van der Kruik is the writer, mother, photographer, designer, cook and creative spirit behind This Mess is Ours. After her infant son was diagnosed with a gluten allergy, she dedicated herself to learning to make meals the whole family would love. It’s a bit of a mess – cooking for a vegetarian and three meat-eaters with a range of gluten + dairy sensitivities, but she manages to bring them together every night around their little family table.