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Topic: Raclette Cooking? Tips?Advice please!

Posted By: MisterB1959
Subject: Raclette Cooking? Tips?Advice please!
Date Posted: 10/3/2011 at 10:50am

OK, we have bought a raclette as an 'extension' to cooking outside and an alternative to a BBQ (i know its electric so wont use it outside in bad weather!!!) The idea being that it seems quite a sociable way to spend an evening with friends

anyone else use one or can recommend any good cook books/guides etc

http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/BNIB-NEW-UK-RACLETTE-8-PERSON-GRILL-3-YR-GUARANTEE-/110648480486?pt=UK_HGKitchen_SmallApp_RL&hash=item19c329d2e6http://cgi.ebay.co.uk/BNIB-NEW-UK-RACLETTE-8-PERSON-GRILL-3-YR-GUARANTEE-/110648480486?pt=UK_HGKitchen_SmallApp_RL&hash=item19c329d2e6

Dave

 




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Posted By: PigletandTigger
Date Posted: 10/3/2011 at 11:15am

I love our Raclette, haven't used it for ages though - must dig it out of the shed.

I don't have any books and use mine as my German relatives showed me so we make little "meals" in the trays, so we have bowls of say mushrooms, peppers, tomato, ham, bacon, cooked chicken and other bits and pieces on the table and each person puts what they fancy in their little tray, covers it in Raclette Kase (or Gouda works OK if you can't get Raclette cheese) and puts it under the grill, it's a bit like creating mini pizza without the base.

We then make little small balls of minced beef or bitsof bacon or whatever is to hand to cook on the top hot plate as well (note, don't do this with my sister as she nicks yours when you're not looking and claims it was hers!)

We tend to have it with potato and salad as an accompaniment.

It is a lovely sociable thing to do, we used to use ours on Christmas Eve if we were in Germany but doing English Christmas.

I suspect we don't use ours in the approved fashion as when I saw someone Racletting on the TV the other day they only used the trays to melt the cheese without any other food in them - but tough, we like it!



Posted By: BPD07
Date Posted: 10/3/2011 at 12:32pm

We use ours often.  Normally have it with salad and new potatoes.  For the meats we have chicken, beef and prawns.  The chicken and beef is sliced thinly and marinaded with garlic, oil and peppers / paprika. 

We cook mushrooms, peppers as well on the top.  Normally having a sort of production line from one side to the other - the closer you get to the far side the more cooked it is. 

Cracked black pepper / jalepano (spelling) cheese sices work a treat in the trays.  No 2 son like to do BabyBells in his trays, and SWMBO toasts sliced french bread in hers with the cheese. 

It is a very sociable meal, and a lot of fun.  So far, after using them, we've managed to convert two familes to getting one.





Posted By: Val A
Date Posted: 10/3/2011 at 12:38pm

We use ours as a 'griddle' on the table, putting on onions, peppers, small mushrooms, cooked potato pieces, bacon, pieces of sausage, or fish even, on the top (using a little of that spray oil), season with salt, pepper and whatever herbs and spices you fancy, then use the trays to melt cheese.  Put whatever's on the top on to your plate, then put the golden melted cheese over the top!  Add pickles such as gherkins, beetroot, chutney, or whatever floats your boat.   Lardons are particularly good, cooked with onions and potatoes, and then melted cheese.  You can also cook Creme Fraiche in the pans, with whatever you fancy, much like described above.

You can also keep things hot on the griddle top (a pan, for instance, whilst you're melting cheese).

I like PigletandTiggers idea, though, of a sociable/sharing thing, and next time both my sons are home I willl do something like that.

My sons have just come back from France and Raclette there involves a large cheese, like a Doner Kebab, which is toasted on one side, and then the dripping golden cheese scraped down on to a plate of something beautiful!

Yumm!

Edit:  recipe here: http://www.raclette.com.au/raclette_recipes/original_raclette_recipe.htmlhttp://www.raclette.com.au/raclette_recipes/original_raclette_recipe.html

Google Raclette recipes/cooking for others.



Post last edited on 10/03/2011 12:49:41



Posted By: jennifernn
Date Posted: 10/3/2011 at 4:34pm

Ooooh! I have often thought about getting one of those, Lidl get them every so often, but I did wonder if we would use it that much.

We already have a plain electric griddle plate that we take in the van, we do use it a lot, but I like the melted cheese ideas!



Posted By: exessexmum
Date Posted: 10/3/2011 at 7:05pm

Confession time. image: - http://www.ukcampsite.co.uk/chatter/forum_images/smiley9.gif" > We have one that I bought from Lidl about 2 years ago. It was on offer, reduced and the picture on the box looked nice.

It's not come out of the box though as I got it home and thought, "I have absolutely no idea what to do with it." image: - http://www.ukcampsite.co.uk/chatter/forum_images/smiley9.gif" >  I've never seen one before, never used one before and have never ever seen the raclette cheese on sale anywhere, so it's festering at the back of the cupboard still.

I am now inspired though and will buy some gouda and we'll give it a go!





Posted By: CaravanSkier
Date Posted: 10/3/2011 at 7:38pm

A raclette is a lovely social meal. We had our last one on Christmas eve. Huge low coffee table in the sitting room in front of an open fire. 8 of us had a lovely meal.

Our machine has 8 small trays in which we (well not me lol `cos I can`t digest cooked cheese)melt raclette cheese (from the local deli, Teso have it occasionally or cheddar will do at a push) under the grill and scrape with wooden scapers (I was told in France that raclette means scrape)over boiled potatoes cooked in their skins.

The top of the grill is a metal tray which gets very hot and we cook any thin strips of meat on it. Family favourites are duck and fillet steak! We`ve done pork,chicken lamb and even thin sausages. If I have the time I marinate the meat. I always very lightly oil the meat, never the grill.

I usually serve salads and pickles with it.

Afterwards the grill top. the cheese dishes and the wooden scrapers go in the dishwasher along with the rest of the washing up.

Raclettes eaten in the Alps vary tremendously from cheese on a hook hung over hot charcoal to electric upright grills to variants like ours, often served with preserved meats and gherkins etc




Posted By: jennifernn
Date Posted: 10/3/2011 at 8:07pm

Quote: Originally posted by exessexmum on 10/3/2011

Confession time. image: - http://www.ukcampsite.co.uk/chatter/forum_images/smiley9.gifWe have one that I bought from Lidl about 2 years ago. It was on offer, reduced and the picture on the box looked nice.

It's not come out of the box though as I got it home and thought, "I have absolutely no idea what to do with it." image: - http://www.ukcampsite.co.uk/chatter/forum_images/smiley9.gif I've never seen one before, never used one before and have never ever seen the raclette cheese on sale anywhere, so it's festering at the back of the cupboard still.

I am now inspired though and will buy some goudaand we'll give it a go!




I have seen the Raclette Cheese in Lidl.




Posted By: PigletandTigger
Date Posted: 10/3/2011 at 8:17pm

Raclette Cheese is nice but I wouldn't worry too much about it, especially as it's probably more expensive in the UK. Gouda or anything that goes a bit stringy will do fine - I think we used to just buy a pack of sliced Gouda from Asda or similar.





Posted By: Val A
Date Posted: 10/3/2011 at 9:24pm

You can use any sort of cheese that you want - cheddar melts perfectly well, and although not 'drippy' or 'stringy' will make a very nice Raclette dish!  I honestly wouldn't worry what sort of cheese you use - blue cheese with lardons, potatoes and walnuts is equally delicious.  Mozarella is nice with salami, or panchetta, or just tomatoes grilled with basil - think anything which goes with cheese and heat it up!

I don't think we've ever used the Raclette cheese - though I did buy some in France, and take it back for my son once.





Posted By: exessexmum
Date Posted: 12/3/2011 at 4:55pm

Well, it's all set up, the potatoes are cooking and we are going to have our inaugual raclette session for tea. Wish me luck! Am hoping no-one burns themselves LOL!



Posted By: PigletandTigger
Date Posted: 12/3/2011 at 8:02pm

Quote: Am hoping no-one burns themselves LOL!


Ahh, I once gave myself a very nasty burn on the top of my Raclette...I'd forgotten about that!   I was really quite drunk and reach across it but stuck my forearm on it top without realising - so be careful! :D



Posted By: CaravanSkier
Date Posted: 12/3/2011 at 8:32pm

Quote: Originally posted by exessexmum on 12/3/2011
Well, it's all set up, the potatoes are cooking and we are going to have our inaugual raclette session for tea. Wish me luck! Am hoping no-one burns themselves LOL!


Good luck let us know how it turns out!




Posted By: rochford6
Date Posted: 12/3/2011 at 9:37pm

we bought one a few years ago, used it a couple of times and as with all these latest fads it has been sent to the back of the cupboard along with the fondue set,soda stream,multi purpose food processor, smoothie maker, juice extracotr and halogen cooker.



Posted By: sennen26
Date Posted: 12/3/2011 at 11:36pm



Just used ours tonight did peppers, mushrooms, chicken, prawns and 3 kinds of cheese Gouda, emmental and Bavarian smoked cheese with ham. Plus the usual add ons.

Sennen



Posted By: MisterB1959
Date Posted: 13/3/2011 at 9:16am

Quote: Originally posted by exessexmum on 12/3/2011
Well, it's all set up, the potatoes are cooking and we are going to have our inaugual raclette session for tea. Wish me luck! Am hoping no-one burns themselves LOL!

OK, how was it?

PS , thanks to all who offered advice/tips etc i am inspired enough to suggest to my wife that she uses it now, though not brave enough to say so !!!

image: - http://www.ukcampsite.co.uk/chatter/forum_images/smiley36.gif" >





Posted By: CaravanSkier
Date Posted: 13/3/2011 at 8:09pm

You could always have a surprise raclette meal ready for her one day when she`s been out! :)





Posted By: mjdb
Date Posted: 13/3/2011 at 9:33pm

hiyas, we too have a racelette & use it quite often great way of cooking . We use a mixture of thinly cut meats / fish, prawns, scallops..add suaces/seasoning peppers/mushrooms/onions whatever takes your fancy really & put into the trays & place ontop of hotplate while cooking have a good natter then enjoy.We also use the little pans/trays to make omelettes .....whisk a few eggs in a jug/dish & season. Pour into the trays & add whatever you like then sit  them ontop of the hotplate & to finish off slide under the grill to brown off top  yummies. Serve with jacket potatoes/ salads rice pasta .....choice is unending. A very very social way of eating & all the family can get involved.

Madz......

Damn now im hungry ! image: - http://www.ukcampsite.co.uk/chatter/forum_images/smiley1.gif" >





Posted By: chrissie7
Date Posted: 14/3/2011 at 11:24am

We use our raclette regularly at home, and have considered taking it away with us in the caravan. We have never actually done that, though, mostly because it is quite bulky.

We tend to use it in the way that the French friends who first introduced us to raclettle cooking did: cheese toasted in the little dishes, then poured over either new, or baked, potatoes and served with cold meats, gherkins etc. We sometimes do tomatoes, mushrooms etc on the top. The instructions which came with our machine suggest making pancakes on the top, but we have never tried this.

I usually bring some raclette cheese back from France - it freezes very well. My local Sainsbury's also sells it and the price does seem to have come down a bit lately. There is no rule to stop you trying other sorts of cheese, so just get in there and start toasting!





Posted By: Xantippe
Date Posted: 14/3/2011 at 3:02pm

My GS won a Raclette pan in a school raffle, and I have only used it for pancakes. I was just going off to the supermarket to get us some dinner and was wondering what we should have. Now that problem is solved I will buy some cheese and cold meats and we can use the raclette.

Thanks for the help.



Posted By: exessexmum
Date Posted: 14/3/2011 at 3:41pm

Well our meal was a huge success. The kids loved it and have requested that we make it a regular Saturday night treat. We had French bread and boiled baby new potatoes, then the cheese. On the top we grilled prawns and lardons and peppers, mushrooms and onions. All jolly delicious.  



Posted By: allie sommerville
Date Posted: 14/3/2011 at 6:07pm

Quote: Originally posted by exessexmum on 14/3/2011
Well our meal was a huge success. The kids loved it and have requested that we make it a regular Saturday night treat. We had French bread and boiled baby new potatoes, then the cheese. On the top we grilled prawns and lardons and peppers, mushroomsand onions. All jolly delicious.


Well done!

Did you use real Raclette chesse?
The problem with Lidl is that they only sell the cheese at Christmas with the machines.
Our freezer is stuffed with packs, as Raclette meals are our celebration meals throughout the year
In Switzerland, and now also in our home, this is the traditional Christmas Eve & New Year's Eve meal, accompanied by small scrubbed potatoes, gherkins, silverskin onions and salad.

Now I'm making myself feel hungry!!



Posted By: CaravanSkier
Date Posted: 14/3/2011 at 6:11pm

Glad to hear you enjoyed it.

mjdb I`ve never thought of putting the little trays on the top, is yours a ridged top (as ours is) or just flat?





Posted By: mjdb
Date Posted: 14/3/2011 at 7:04pm

hiyas, ours is a flat stone top.  like the 1 in this photo ( hope the link works ).

http://www.dealclick.co.uk/product/13458349/Princess-162251-Classic-Stone-And-Raclette-Set.htmlhttp://www.dealclick.co.uk/product/13458349/Princess-162251-Classic-Stone-And-Raclette-Set.html.

Its great ...like doing assortments of mini stir frys lol.

Madz.





Posted By: CaravanSkier
Date Posted: 14/3/2011 at 10:18pm

Ahh OK, thank you. Think the stone version is referred to as Pierrade (sp?) in France. My machine has a ridged metal top with only one small flat area so I`m not sure heat would transfer well enough to cook in the pans. Might try one on the small flat patch sometime though as it makes for more variations.





Posted By: BPD07
Date Posted: 15/3/2011 at 12:54pm

I like the idea of an omlette type mix.... guess I know what Saturday night's tea will be for us.  Homemade salsa anyone :)



Posted By: Monty8
Date Posted: 09/4/2011 at 10:44am

I contacted Lidl yesterday and was told that they should be on offer again in June.



Posted By: Monty8
Date Posted: 09/4/2011 at 11:33pm

They sound really good. Going to get one for Easter.



Posted By: Rachieb
Date Posted: 12/12/2011 at 10:56pm

bougth one in comet on saturday and knew i'd seen a thread about raclette cooking on here !

used it on sat with just meat and veggies to try it out,made the meat really tasty and succulent

looking forward to taking it in the camper, and liking the idea of mini omelettes





Posted By: allie sommerville
Date Posted: 13/12/2011 at 4:16pm

Lidl had the cheese last week - not sure if it's still available though.
Now our freezer's stocked up for Christmas and the New Year Celebrations!



Posted By: CaravanSkier
Date Posted: 21/12/2011 at 7:04am

Must check out Lidl for the cheese then, thank you for the tip , its quite expensive at our local deli. I am feeding 11, maybe more, this Xmas eve on a couple of raclette machines. Lots and lots of potatoes will be cooked in the slow cooker to be topped with scrummy cheese, served with salad and thin strips of meat.



Posted By: jennifernn
Date Posted: 21/12/2011 at 1:07pm

Lidl had the Raclettes again the other week, 16.99, OH bought me one for my birthday. Our shop didn't have the cheese though, but DD got me some from the Lidl next to her office.

Going to try it out over Christmas!

The Raclettes don't seem popular here, noticed they still had several left yesterday.



Posted By: allie sommerville
Date Posted: 21/12/2011 at 6:05pm

Shall think of us all hunched over those raclette machines over the holidays! :-)

Happy Christmas!!




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