Menu Themes for Raclette Parties
Almost anything goes with a raclette dinner party and after some
short preparations before your guests arrive you can sit back, relax
and enjoy the occasion. Using a raclette grill allows you to get
back to enjoying simple and nutritious foods and appreciate the
art of eating as much as the food. You can choose from a combination
of fresh vegetables or indulge in fresh seafood. Some delicious
suggestions for menu themes are:
- Classic Raclette -cheese selection (raclette, swiss,
emmenthal, gruyere), ham, small onions, gherkins with boiled or
- Vegetarian - cheese, potatoes, asparagus, capsicum, mushrooms.
- Pizza - mozzarella cheese, ham, pineapple,cherry tomatoes,
pepperoni, mushrooms, onions, fresh oregano, serve with continental
Italian bread (chewy crust variety)
- Gourmet- prawns, smoked salmon,dill, avocado, creamy
ricotta cheese sauce, served with crusty bread.
See our recipe section for great
ideas and further inspiration for your dinner table.
Suitable cheese varieties
The most ideal cheeses that you can use with raclette are those
that melt well. There is cheese made especially for raclette grills
and in Australia this is Heidi
Farm Raclette Cheese (the Grand Champion of 2005!) made in Tasmania,
or two Queensland raclette cheese from Fromart
(In New Zealand this is Ferndale
Raclette Cheese, the Grand Champion of 2004!). You'll find it
at a specialist deli or you can also mail order it fresh to your
door in many places of Australia. Contact us for further details.
Other cheeses more widely available that are also perfectly suitable
are Emmenthal, Gruyere, Jarlsberg, Alpsberg, Appenzell, Comte,
Gouda, Swiss, Vintage or Tasty cheddar, Mozzarella.
In Australia the most common potato variety is Sebago which comes
brushed (unwashed and are cheaper) or washed (sometimes called "new")
but why not try other potatoes varieties which are even tastier
-Kipfler : cigar shaped, yellow skin, meaty flesh.
-Nicola : oblong-long shaped, rich yellow skin, yellow flesh.
-Desire :round, pink skin, pale yellow flesh.
Steaming potatoes rather than boiling or microwaving them will
help retain the rich antioxidants found in their skin and will help
hold the potato's shape and is a highly recommended form of cooking.
Arrange small potatoes on perforated steamer over rapidly boiling
water until cooked.
For a more chewier skin try baking potatoes in their jackets.
Wash and pat dry before wrapping in foil and bake for 40 mins at
250°C. Place directly onto Raclette hot plate to reheat when
Remember to keep the skin on when cooking.
Reheating potatoes: Potatoes can be cooked prior to the
function start and the pot placed on top of the raclette grill shortly
before eating to reheat.
Catering tips and suggestions
- Because many of the ingredients used with raclette are displayed
uncooked, they can look extremely colourful and appetizing when
sliced up and displayed on serving dishes. So have fun finding
imaginative ways to slice.
- If you are on a tight budget you could get everyone involved
by helping out bringing some of the ingredients directly to the
event e.g a jar of olives or a plate of sliced capsicum or packets
of leg ham. There is hardly any precooking involved so many guests
won't find this too much effort.
- Buy the best and freshest vegetables you can. If possible buy
them directly from the fruit and veg markets at Flemington (where
restaurants buy their produce from) and take advantage of bulk
buys. Freshly picked vegetables contain a higher amounts of natural
flavour and naturally bright colours are still locked in which
means everything looks great together during presentation. You
could even try buying online via The Flemington markets website
at www.greengrocer.com.au and test out fresh produce for yourself.
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