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Raclette Cheese

Any place to buy it reasonably? Considering it's a "specialty" item, I'm sure retailers will milk me for all I've got,which ain't gonna happen. I've never seen it, but I';m usually only browsing the moldy cheese sections. So what's a good alternative? I tried using Yancy's Champagne Cheese tonight (from Costco), and it was good but it didn't' rock my boat.

-sw

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    1. re: popvulture

      That was a bit of a brief response. It wasn't particularly expensive. I can't remembrer what exact price it was, but it was just your average "nice cheese" sort of range. Not cheap, not overpriced.

      1. re: popvulture

        Antonelli's also carries the Swissmar grills, I think. And if they have it in stock, try the Ogleshield. It's a British washed-rind cow's milk (Jersey) cheese, melts wonderfully like raclette. We loved it. http://www.theatlantic.com/magazine/a...

      2. Do you have Trader Joe's? Our carries raclette during the colder months. Very reasonably priced.

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        1. re: Georgia Sommers

          Joe the Trader has not yet graced these climes with his presence.

        2. Does anybody actually serve a raclette? That would be good for inside vendor at a Christmas bazaar type place.

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          1. re: sqwertz

            Do you mean like as they do it in France where they have the little raclette warmers and melt it onto stuff? I've never seen that here... you could always ask Justine's or Chez Nous; maybe one of them has a machine they break out during the holidays or something. Would love to know if you find anything out about this.

            1. re: popvulture

              There's a larger-scale version of raceltte tyhan those little kiddie-trays. I have a good picture but it's not mine to post. It appears in Usenet's alt.binaries.food if anybody happens to have access to that (free through eternal-september.org but you need to set up your newsreader for it). Otherwise, this will have to do as an example:

              http://www.weebirdy.com/2009/03/londo...

              1. re: sqwertz

                i've never seen raclette (the dish) served in austin.
                if you ever spy it on a winter menu, it is something you should go for.
                i was under the impression it was more swiss than french, however.

                since we have no trader joe's, whole foods would probably have the best price point.
                i think they have slightly cheaper prices than antonelli's.
                i haven't been to a CM recently enough to compare.

                1. re: sqwertz

                  I'm drooling, sqwertz. Wish someone would do that in Austin.

              2. re: sqwertz

                I buy raclette at Central Market. It's usually about the same price as Gruyere. I wish there was a place that served it. I've never been able to recreate the way it's served in Swizerland.

                1. re: sasebastian

                  Ha, this is one kitchen gadget that you'd have to be pretty extreme to buy, but have a gander nonetheless (and it comes with cheese!):

                  http://www.wasserstrom.com/restaurant...

                  1. re: sasebastian

                    I'll scout out CM again and report back.. I usually only take a superficial gander at anything other than the ripe, stinky cheese sections.

                2. An HEB with a decent cheese counter might even have raclette. It's worth a shot.

                  1. The Antonelli's gift guide (http://www.antonellischeese.com/guide...) lists 'Raclette 3 Ways'.

                    Raclette 3 Ways $115
                    Raclette is a Franco/Swiss dish consisting of boiled potatoes, cured meat, and cornichon pickles, piled high with melted Raclette cheese on top. This meal has warmed many a soul on cold nights in the Alps (including ours!). This crate comes with Raclette cheese, a Raclette Tapas Broiler for two, hard salami, and a bottle of Cornichon pickles. approx. weight: 1 lb. cheese, 8 oz. salami / Optional Add-on: French white wine