Picture this: you call up your closest friends to come over for dinner.
Instead of spending all day in the kitchen preparing for them to arrive, you spend your day at a local cafe sipping on a late, wondering around a nearby park and maybe even paint your toenails.
How is that possible, you may ask?
Simple- you host the world's easiest real food dinner party- a Raclette dinner.
What is 'raclette'?
When you hear the word raclette, know that it means two things:
- It is kind of cheese from Switzerland
- It is a style of meal where you gather around a 'raclette dish' and melt cheese and cook delicious food. It's kind of like a fondue except even better, in my opinion!
Here is my raclette (you can get your own here).
So basically, you sit around the raclette, and cook your food on it (my favourite method is that everyone has their own little section on the stone where they choose what they want to eat/cook).
Notice the little trays below the cooking stone- that's where you melt the cheese. Delish.
What you will need:
Food is just oh-so-delicious when cooked in butter- and it actually helps you absorb the fat-soluble vitamins in your veggies, so don't be afraid to load up on it (source).
If you have a dairy sensitivity, don't worry! You can use olive oil or even coconut oil.
So, once your raclette stone is heated up, coat it in butter, and then start piling on the food!
As you probably have guessed, raclette cheese is what is intended to be used for a raclette dinner. It is a delicious cheese that melts beautifully and has an amazing flavour.
That being said, raclette cheese is both hard to find and can be a little on the expensive side.
Solution: Buy swiss cheese. It works just as well and tastes great!
You can either buy pre-sliced swiss cheese or ask the person at the deli to slice it for you (please do yourself a favour though and buy good quality cheese, so that you aren't eating cheese with tons of preservatives and other yucky things).
I like to give each guest their own plate of cheese, just so that one person doesn't eat it all (yes, I like to ration & am a bit crazy about these things!).
Feel free to use your own discretion here, but I will typical serve:
- Beef strips (for best flavour, marinate in sauce of your choice for at least an hour before your guests arrive)
- Sausage (Boiled & sliced- do this before your guests arrive)
- Scallops or shrimp
The fixings can include whatever you want. And the best part is, if you want to involve your guests (you know how people always ask "what can I bring?") you can ask each guest to chop up a vegetable or two, and then voila! All your fixings are set to go.
This is what I usually serve:
- Garlic (my FAVE)
- Red potatoes (I usually do the potatoes myself, because I boil them for about 15 minutes, and then slice them, to ensure fast cooking on the raclette).
And trust me when I say a little goes a long way. If you have 4 people over for your raclette dinner party, you may be tempted to use 3 peppers. But you will only need ONE! I promise, the food stretches so far.
It's always nice to have something to act as a good base to pile the food on. I usually serve:
- Sourdough baguette
- Socca Bread (a gluten-free Mediterranean flatbread that is easy to make at home!)
Grab your favorite people & your stretchy pants and settle in for a night of fun.
Also, the raclette lets off a lot of heat, so I always suggest to my guests to wear short sleeves! (The only person who didn't take that advice was my darling husband, as you can see. You may also be able to see the sweat on his face).
The morning after...
What's even better than the minimal food preparation, and the wonderful time you will have with your guests is this: raclette breakfast leftovers.
I recommend throwing all remaining veggies and sausage in a pan, topping it with butter and some spices (sea salt, pepper, basil, rosemary) and bake it up!
Then, top with a soft boiled egg, and you have a glorious breakfast, all thanks to your amazing dinner party the night before.
Highly recommended: play this song while you are 1) preparing your portion of the meal to get pumped up 2) preparing your leftover breakfast the next day. Enjoy!
PS: If you want to see a behind the scenes look of this Raclette dinner party click here.