Raclette Savoyarde

Have you ever had real raclette?

Actually, the question probably should be ‘do you know what real raclette is’? Because it turns out that I did not!

I have always loved raclette, to the point that I would pretty much force my family to eat it in the midst of the warm summer months when I would come to France for a visit. To me, it was about the electric table-top grill with the small pans, and of course the potatoes and all the good food that came with it!

So when I had raclette a little while back and the waiter brought this apparatus to the table, I was both perplexed and amazed:

Turns out (and I am choosing to trust Wikipedia on that one!), that raclette was first mentioned in medieval writings as a particularly nutritious meal consumed by peasants in mountainous Switzerland and in the France region of Savoie. Traditionally, the Swiss cow herders used to take the cheese with them when they were moving cows to or from the pastures up in the mountains. In the evenings, around the campfires, they would place the cheese next to the fire and when it had reached the perfect softness, scrape it on top of some bread. The term raclette derives from the French word racler, meaning “to scrape.”

Right now I wonder how I did not figure that one out all by myself!! Oops! Kind of embarrassing but that’s ok…  I love learning new things everyday!


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