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The raclette

Ideal for warming and comforting, the raclette was invented by Swiss shepherds in the 12th century. What was then simply called "roasted cheese" conquered France in the 19th century and its popularity continues to grow.

A traditional recipe known throughout the world

In the Middle Ages, Swiss shepherds used to eat raclette cheese... in the summer! In the open air, they would simply melt cheese on a piece of bread by scraping it with a simple knife blade after heating it over a wood fire. It is from this gesture that the dish takes its name, even if, today, thanks to the first electrical appliances that appeared in the middle of the 20th century, the cheese is made to slide more than it is actually scraped.

To satisfy all tastes, cheeses specific to this greedy tradition are made all over the world: Austria, Germany, Finland, Australia, Canada and even the United States (the proof, with cheddar, that Americans really like processed cheese). In France, Savoy, Franche-Comté, Auvergne and Brittany are the countries that provide the largest quantities of this cheese, which is used to generously coat other foods.

Raclette consumption in the land of cheese

  • 85% of French people consider charcuterie to be indispensable for a successful raclette.
  • Salad (39%), gherkins (24%), grilled vegetables (17%) and eggs (10%) are complementary side dishes.
  • But of course the essential is the potato (4 per person on average per meal) which is eaten either peeled (50%), with the skin on (25%) or indifferently (23%).
  • Rare enough to be reported in the country of oenology: still water is the most popular drink to accompany this dish (47% with about 1 liter per meal) even if white wine (41%) and red wine (24%) follow closely behind.

Classic, without crust, onion, 3 peppers, goat... The 200g of cheese eaten at each meal (on average per person) is available in several recipes, which is enough to renew the pleasure of this gourmet and convivial dish. All to your frying pans!

Valérie from Comme des Français



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