Raclette

les amis du FROMAGE stocks Raclette all year round. Our selection varies from time to time, but it might include Swiss, French, Quebec, Little Qualicum Cheeseworks from BC. We sometimes offer other specialties around the holiday season.

We also have a generous selection of cornichons, pearl onions and balsamic onions

WHAT IS RACLETTE?

Raclette refers to both a type of cheese and a meal that has been a tradition in Switzerland for hundreds of years.

A soft, creamy cow’s milk cheese, Raclette originated in Valais, a French-speaking Alpine region of Switzerland. According to legend, a group of farmers or herdsmen set up camp one night and some bits of cheese they’d left on the rocks near the fire melted. They scraped the cheese off the rocks and discovered it was delicious. That’s where the term raclette comes from: the French racler means “to scrape.”

Raclette is comfort food at it’s best.

HOW DO I SERVE RACLETTE?

A modern way of serving raclette involves an electric table-top grill with small pans, known as coupelles, in which to melt slices of raclette cheese. Generally the grill is surmounted by a hot plate or griddle. The cheese is brought to the table sliced, accompanied by platters of boiled or steamed potatoes, other vegetables and charcuterie. These are then mixed with potatoes and topped with cheese in the small, wedge-shaped coupelles that are placed under the grill to melt and brown the cheese. Alternatively, slices of cheese may be melted and simply poured over food on the plate.

The emphasis in raclette dining is on relaxed and sociable eating and drinking, the meal often running to several hours.

WHAT SHOULD I SERVE WITH RACLETTE?

Raclette is often enjoyed as a traditional meal with friends and family. There are lots of options for what to serve with it. We recommend you do a little research.

We like serving a simple salad to start, followed by Raclette and potatoes.

  • Steamed or boiled potatoes are traditional to serve alongside Raclette
  • Classic accompaniments include cornichons and pickled onions. We also like to serve Italian balsamic onions.
  • The Raclette machines can also grill vegetables and meats on the top.

HOW MUCH RACLETTE SHOULD I BUY?

We recommend serving 150-200 grams per person if it is for the main meal. When we say main meal, we’re thinking you might have a salad, Raclette, and maybe some dessert.

If it is to be part of a larger meal, then 75-100 grams a person should do ok.

DO YOU SLICE RACLETTE?

We are happy to slice Raclette for you. There is no charge for this service.

If you are in a hurry, just call us ahead, and we’ll do our best to have your order ready for you when your turn to be served comes up in the store.

DO YOU SELL RACLETTE MACHINES?

We have a great selection of Raclette machines available for purchase. We sell Swissmar table top units, and Boska 1/4 wheel and 1/2 wheel units.

We also are happy to loan you a Raclette machine if you don’t own your own.

HOW DO I BOOK A RENTAL RACLETTE MACHINE?

It’s as simple as calling the store you’d like to pick up from.

Kitsilano 604-732-4218 • Eastvan 604-253-4218

All that is required is that you purchase your cheese from us for your event, and a valid credit card number for deposit.

We do recommend that you book your rental in advance. There are a limited number of machines to loan out, and because we offer this service for free, it is popular.

*If you need a 1/4 wheel machine for rental, please call the East Vancouver store at 604-253-4218. There is only one available.

WHEN DO I HAVE TO RETURN A BORROWED RACLETTE MACHINE?

Raclette machines must be returned the day after your event by noon. Otherwise nobody else has a chance to pick one up for their event. You are required to return the Raclette machine in clean condition.

Additional days be be booked at a cost of $10 per day for each fondue pot and/or raclette machine.

Please Note: Due to the high demand for our free rental service, if any equipment is not returned to les amis du FROMAGE in acceptable condition within seven days after your event, the replacement cost will be charged to your credit card without notice.

TIPS FOR USING RENTAL RACLETTE MACHINES

Never overfill raclette trays. If you pile ingredients too high, they won’t cook evenly during the brief cooking time and the cheese will brown too quickly because it’s too close to the heating element. Instead cook more small servings

The trays have a non-stick coating. Please use the provided plastic Raclette scrapers to remove cheese once melted. Avoid metal utensils to scrape these trays. Clean the trays by soaking them in warm water for a few minutes first, then clean them with a soft cloth. Avoid abrasive scrubbers.

Swissmar Raclette

Fondue

We have an excellent selection of cheeses for your fondue including Gruyere, Swiss Emmenthal, Vacherin Friebourg, Appenzeller (Classic / Surchoix / Extra) and most other types of cheese you might like in your fondue mix.

We also have a generous selection of cornichons, pearl onions and balsamic onions

HOW MUCH FONDUE SHOULD I BUY?

We recommend serving 200 grams per person if it is for the main meal. When we say main meal, we’re thinking you might have a salad, Fondue, and maybe some dessert.

If it is to be part of a larger meal, then 50-100 grams a person should do ok.

Note: Weights are based on cheeses that have been trimmed of their rind. You’ll need to buy a little extra when shopping to allow for the rind.

DO YOU GRATE FONDUE?

We are always happy to grate cheese for your fondue. There is no charge for this service.

If you are in a hurry and/or have a larger order, just call us ahead, and we’ll do our best to have your order ready for you when your turn to be served comes up in the store.

DO YOU HAVE A BASIC FONDUE RECIPE

Basic Fondue Recipe

Ingredients
  • 1 garlic clove cut in two pieces
  • 1 Tbsp cornstarch (or potato flour)
  • Salt & Pepper
  • Nutmeg (freshly grated is preferred)
  • 500 gr grated cheese
  • 1 ¼ cup dry white wine
Method
  1. Rub inside of fondue pot with garlic.
  2. Toss cheese with cornstarch.
  3. Heat wine in a sauce pot on the stove.
  4. Add a pinch of salt and pepper, and a dash of freshly grated nutmeg
  5. Stir in cheese mixture gradually and continue to cook for 2-3 minutes until mixture is thick and smooth, stirring frequently.
  6. Transfer to a fondue pot and serve with cubed bread.

Serves 2-4.

WHAT OTHER CHEESES CAN I USE?

Classic Blend

  • Guyere – 50%
  • Emmenthal – 50%

If you would like this blend milder, then decrease the gruyere. If you would like it stronger, increase the gruyere

Moitie Moitie

This is a traditional Swiss blend. The name translates to “half & half”.

  • Guyere – 50%
  • Vacherin Friebourgeois – 50%

Do you like a little more kick to your fondue? Try some of these cheeses in your fondue blend

  • Cave Aged Gruyere
  • Appenzeller – We have three types. Classic, Surchoix or Extra
  • Comte – younger or aged
  • Beaumont

DO YOU SELL FONDUE POTS?

We have a great selection of fondue pots available for purchase.

We also are happy to loan you a fondue pot if you don’t own your own.

HOW DO I BOOK A RENTAL FONDUE POT?

It’s as simple as calling the store you’d like to pick up from.

Kitsilano 604-732-4218 • Eastvan 604-253-4218

All that is required is that you purchase your cheese from us for your event, and a valid credit card number for deposit.

We do recommend that you book your rental in advance. There are a limited number of fondue pots to loan out, and because we offer this service for free, it is popular.

DO YOUR FONDUE POTS COME WITH FUEL?

No they do not. The fondue pot will need fondue fuel to work. We sell fuel gel, and individual fuel pucks that work with the rental fondue pots.

WHEN DO I HAVE TO RETURN A BORROWED FONDUE POT?

Fondue pots must be returned the day after your event by noon. Otherwise nobody else has a chance to pick one up for their event. You are required to return the fondue pot in clean condition.

Additional days be be booked at a cost of $10 per day for each fondue pot and/or raclette machine.

Please Note: Due to the high demand for our free rental service, if any equipment is not returned to les amis du FROMAGE in acceptable condition within seven days after your event, the replacement cost will be charged to your credit card without notice.

WHAT SHOULD I SERVE WITH FONDUE?

Fondue is often enjoyed as a traditional meal with friends and family. There are lots of options for what to serve with it. We recommend you do a little research.

We like serving a simple salad to start, followed by fondue, cubed bread and cornichons.

  • Cubed bread is traditional to serve alongside fondue. Day old bread is just fine. It’s sturdy, and doesn’t fall apart in all that gooey delicious cheese.
  • Other options include boiled baby potatoes.
  • Classic accompaniments include cornichons and pickled onions. We also like to serve Italian balsamic onions.
  • Not eating potatoes or bread? Try your favourite vegetables, like cauliflower, broccoli, mushrooms, or even cooked meats.

Don’t lose your bread in the pot.

A tradition says that if a man loses his bread in the pot, he buys drinks all around, and if a woman does, she must kiss her neighbors

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