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Aphancock Jan 16, 2009 09:45 AM

Hi chowhounds,
I am interested in finding materials to make Raclette. I haven't had this in years and have a craving. Also, with the weather so cold I thought it would make for a cozy dinner party food. I would like to find Raclette cheese and potentially a Raclette Grill. Does anyone out there know where I can find these things in the Boston metro area? Any help would be appreciated. Thanks!!

  1. leahms Jan 16, 2009 09:54 AM

    I love Raclette too!

    I'm not exactly sure where you can find the grill, maybe Sur La Table at the Chestnut Hill Mall or something.

    In terms of ingredients, I would head to Formaggio Kitchen. They have the cheeses, meats, and cornichons (on the side) to make the perfect Raclette party.

    I know I have also bought Raclette cheese at Whole Foods Fresh Pond.

    Hope this helps.

    Leah Klein
    Boston Family Foodie

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      Gabatta Jan 16, 2009 09:54 AM

      Whole Foods and Formaggio both usually have raclette cheese of good quality.

      Try Kitchen Arts on Newbury St. for the grill.

      Enjoy

      1. nsenada Jan 16, 2009 10:42 AM

        You can occasionally get good raclette cheese at Harry's cheese shop in Haymarket. As with all the cheese there, you should sample before you buy. It's also considerably cheaper than most other places.

        1. yumyum Jan 16, 2009 10:57 AM

          The owners of Karl's Sausage Kitchen in Saugus have a large raclette grill they will rent out for parties. Highly recommend calling them to inquire.

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            chowfamily Jan 16, 2009 11:03 AM

            This may be raclette heresy, but briefly microwaving a good cheese, and serving it with boiled potatos and cornichon, is an excellent quick fix.

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              Wursthof Jan 16, 2009 11:14 AM

              That might work in a pinch but ya never get that thin crusty golden brown layer on top that is oh so good.

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                chowfamily Jan 16, 2009 02:21 PM

                Totally agree - I dream about the half wheel of cheese, unlimited servings scraped off from the heated inside...

            2. Kat Jan 16, 2009 11:27 AM

              I bought a raclette grill at Duck Soup, a kitchen store in Sudbury. It is right on Route 20 (Boston Post Rd.). This was two years ago, so I would call first.

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                Harp00n Jan 20, 2009 05:16 PM

                ......and here's the link for that and I couldn't resist also adding their website it's;
                http://www.quackquackquack.com

                Harp

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                Duck Soup
                365 Boston Post Rd, Sudbury, MA

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                agokey Jan 16, 2009 12:30 PM

                Great idea on a cold winter night! Karls Sausage Kitchen has raclette grills for sale and rent. They also carry raclette cheese and several of the other things to make for a simple cozy meal. While you are there check out the Glogg- they have it in a bottle- simple heat, add wine and enjoy!

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                Karl's Sausage Kitchen
                142 Broadway, Saugus, MA 01906

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                  heypielady Jan 16, 2009 12:59 PM

                  Renting the grill does seem like a good idea. There is one for sale at Williams Sonoma but it is $139! Seems steep for an item that is not very versatile.

                  http://www.williams-sonoma.com/srch/i...

                2. GilbyEast Jan 16, 2009 01:04 PM

                  They are carrying raclette grills at William Sonoma now; perhaps soon you'll be able to find one in the back aisles of Marshall's. Last time I did raclette we moved beyond the raclette cheese (which I picked up at TJ's) and embraced fontina, emmental, and gruyere. I also encourage moving beyond meat and potatoes. Tomatoes are lovely, bread is a must, and the broccoli was surprisingly popular. Enjoy!

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                    catsmeow Jan 16, 2009 01:19 PM

                    The raclette grill that is at William Sonoma is being sold on ebay for $114 including shipping.

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                    french cheese Jan 20, 2009 12:58 PM

                    I bought a raclette grill on Amazon (the Hamilton is $80) and my French friends have told me it's perfectly good.

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