The table is set the guests are here so on with the fun. Denise asked how to make Raclette so I hope this post explains it.
The Raclette grill is in the middle of the table and each person melts their own cheese in a little non stick pan which slides under the grill. The hotplate on top can be used for an indoor BBQ meal with lots of different meats and sauces. Once again each person cooking their own. That is another fun meal too.
A bowl full of hot, boiled potatoes in their jackets. These were the left overs after we had finished. (I forgot to take a pic before we started)
For side dishes the Swiss usually have Cornichons (pickled baby cucumbers) and sometimes Büdnerfliesch, for which we substituted Bruschetta. We also added a few other side dishes such as antipasto, tomatoes..........
.......pickled vegetables, savoury roasted mushrooms, olives and pickled onions. Pepper and Paprika for seasoning.
Take a hot potato and slice it on your plate, then put some cheese in your little pan and slide it under the grill (electric). Add some pickles to your plate then pull out your melted cheese and......
...pour it over your potato. You can use a little wooden spatula to scrape it all out. (But we didn't have any so used a knife instead, not good for non stick surface)
Sprinkle with pepper and eat...yum, yum. It is good with white wine or tea, it is supposed to help with digestion. It is not recommended to drink water as it could solidify the cheese in your tummy. Then you chat, laugh, keep warm and do it all over again and again until full.
Continuing with the Swiss theme, Bill cooked a delicious Apfelkuchen for dessert. You can see how to make one on his blog here. (Except he used apricots on his blog)
When we were in Switzerland we went to a restaurant in Zermatt and saw this fellow cooking Raclette, but he was using a different grill. He had a whole cheese cut in half sitting in a rack which he could swing under the grill (the black thingy) then he would swing it out and scrape off the melted cheese onto a plate and take it to the table.
Well Denise I hope that was helpful.