Raclette or Fondue, Fondue or Raclette
What Swiss and other Europeans choose
If you think of the ultimate fun dinner as being a great cheese
fondue, think again! Sure, the great Swiss invention of the
cheese fondue and its siblings, the meat fondue and of course the
chocolate fondue, has revolutionised dinner parties around the world.
Yes, fondue is perhaps the best entertaining meal you know. But
do you know raclette?
In Europe the situation is much clearer. In the three neighbouring
countries of Switzerland, France and Germany nearly everybody knows
of both cheese fondue and raclette. And while the cheese fondue
is loved by many, raclette is loved by almost anyone who knows about
it. The main reason is freedom and simplicity.
Cheese fondue as a simplified summary is cheese melted in a pot
with guests dipping cubes of bread into it. Meat fondue (Fondue
Bourguignonne) is cubes of meat being dipped in either a broth or
oil. Only in the Fondue Chinoise, also known as Chinese Hot Pot,
is there a degree of freedom. Here meat, seafood, vegetables and
similar are thrown into the boiling broth and fished out a short
while later with little catchers. The broth is later served as soup.
Raclette takes this freedom to a much higher level. While traditionally
the raclette meal consisted of cheese grilled until it melts and
then poured over boiled potatoes, the use of today's modern raclette
grills provides endless variations. The modern raclette grill (such
as our models The
Gourmet or The
Entertainer) provides the grilling mechanism for the raclette
cheese in individual trays (officially called raclette pans), usually
about six to eight, and can be used to barbecue food on the top
as well. Some even have a hot
stone which adds a whole new dimesion to entertaining and cooking
on your dining table. Aside of creating great tasting meals in itself,
the hot stone can actually be used to heat a pot of, say broth,
oil or soup, perhaps even cheese...
And that's where raclette becomes the ultimate dining experience
as it suddenly makes fondue merely one of the sheer endless possibilities
to have with a raclette grill. But in the end, there is unity again:
No matter if you have fondue or raclette, you will have a fun evening
of dining with friends and relatives.
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What is Raclette
Raclette or Fondue
Raclette Party Tips
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