The word “raclette” can always mean two things: the first is a semi-hard cow’s milk cheese, the second is the dish Raclette, which is when the cheese is melted and scraped off onto bread or vegetables.
Originally a Swiss tradition, raclette is also a common dish to eat in France. But it’s a bit tricky to make yourself. The first key is to have a half wheel of raclette cheese. Then, in a broiler, melt the cheese until it’s soft enough to take a knife and scrape off a thin layer of melty cheese onto a vegetable dish, toast, or potatoes. The reason raclette cheese is so special is because of its ability to melt perfectly and combine deliciously with food.
When raclette is melted onto French baguette it’s basically like the best, most fancy grilled cheese sandwich you will ever encounter.
Make your very own raclette with this video (and if you want to try learning the authentic way, watch the video below for a lesson on making raclette–in French!)