Are you lactose intolerant? If so, take your pills and dig into an amazing, and simple meal – Raclette.

I’m in Switzerland right now. The mountains are spectacular, the chocolate is smooth, and the cheese is pure and unlike anything I’ve ever tasted. I’ve had tons of different Swiss cheeses so far; Emmentaler, Gruyère, Appenzeller, Formaggini, tons of others…and alas, Raclette.

The Swiss eat Raclette in a particular way, and I’d like to share it with you. First they make an outdoor fire, and keep it going long enough to get some good coals going. After the fire has produced a big batch of coals, you get started on the goodness. First, you need to build a holder for the hot coals. You put bricks together with a wire in front of them. Then you add the hot coals from the fire inside of the homeade “coal hut”.

The Raclette cheese round is heated in front of the hot coals on a wet board.

Then the heated cheese is scraped onto plates on top of warm potatoes.

Traditionally you eat the Raclette with gherkins and pickled onions. Check it out:

If you don’t have the time to build an elaborate fire pit, go to your local cheese shop, and simply melt Raclette cheese on top of warm, salted, potatoes. It’s heavenly.


  1. um, this looks like my kind of trip! Yum!!

  2. Enjoy Switzerland. It sounds like an awesome trup!

  3. oops :) trip

  4. OMG…..that Raclette looks so very very good! wow, I wish I could be there!

  5. When you get home we’ll have to try some. I can taste it already.

  6. I am a diabetic but what to do…


  1. […] I visited Switzerland I posted about two traditional Swiss meals – Swiss Cheese Fondue and Raclette. The main ingredient in both recipes? Cheese of […]

  2. […] Raclette is something that is best made at home. It’s melted cheese on potatoes. Boring? NO! It’s fantastic, and super yummy. In restaurants they just heat the cheese and put it on the potatoes, but in a proper setting the cheese is slowly roasted over hot coals. Very cool! […]

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