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Using raclette cheese without special equipment?

came home with too much cheese yesterday, including raclette. Now, I've only had raclette at my aunt and uncle's house and they live in the foothills of the Alps. They had the special raclette wheel and we had it melted with the usual cornichons and potatoes. I'm in Indiana without any fancy equipment (and I'm in the process of paring down, so no new cooking gadgets for a while!). Can I sub this into a regular fondue recipe? Any other ideas, Hounds?

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  1. I think it's too gooey for fondue.

    I would make a bastard tartiflette, or I'd layer potatoes, cold cuts, etc. on a baking sheet, lay a slice of raclette over the top, then put it in the oven for a few minutes.

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    1. re: sunshine842

      I just quartered potatoes, boiled them till nearly tender, spread them on a baking sheet, topped with slices of cheese and broiled.

      1. re: paulj

        That sounds wonderful. We have TWO raclette grills but sometimes it would be nice to just do something simple for the two of us.

    2. You basically just need to melt individual portions of cheese to go along with whatever else you would be serving for raclette. Among the traditional serving items for raclette are ham and other meats, small boiled potatoes, and cornichons. If you have a toaster oven, you could simply melt slices of the cheese on a toaster oven safe dish, and then pour the melted cheese onto the items arranged on your plate - a perfectly acceptable way of serving a raclette.

      Obtaining the cheese is the hard part. Beyond that, you should be able to find cornichons, decent meats such as a jambon cru, and small potatoes such as fingerlings in your neck of the woods. Then it's just a matter of melting the cheese and you can enjoy a nice raclette meal.

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      1. re: foreverhungry

        she's already got the cheese (too much of it) and has eaten it with her family in the Alps.

        1. re: sunshine842

          Right sunshine, I saw that. I read the OP's question as dealing mainly with not having the traditional raclette equipment. My post was suggesting that you don't need the equipment to make raclette, there are other means by which one can melt the cheese and reproduce the same raclette meal, just not as conveniently.

        2. do you have a fireplace or a fire pit? I can see raclette being improvised quite well near any active fire and on a cast iron skillet or grill

          1. You can do moderately easily in front of a fire with a long fork and a longer knife, but Sunshines thought of a bastard tartiflette sounds perfect, mine would be sauteed onions and potatoes covered by the cheese and broiled a bit.

            1. There's also things like these: http://www.amazon.com/West-6130-Bend-...

              (not good for those trying to reduce the stuff, but...

              )

              That style raclette appliance is far more popular in my area than the old-style raclette melting equipment (which look way cooler, but require a source for a big honking chunk of raclette!)

              For those who aren't familiar with it, it looks like this: http://www.amazon.com/Boska-Holland-8...

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              1. re: sunshine842

                I have the first type, the "grill" with individual dishes (different manufacturer, but same concept). That's also the same type of raclette apparatus that various family members in Haute Savoie have. Works great, relatively easy to store, and nice when you're doing a raclette for 2 or 4, and don't need the big honkin hunk of cheese.

                1. re: foreverhungry

                  plus you can buy the cheese pre-sliced, even from the fromager...makes it way too easy as a convivial dinner with friends, or a "I'm not cookin' tonight" dinner.