RACLETTE – This cheese which perfumes the whole living room then flows nonchalantly onto our plate, these potatoes which are just waiting to be peeled, these gherkins which add to the party and this glass of red wine which comes to sublimate the most friendly meals, which is also the favorite dish of the French. O divine raclette!
Spring won’t take long to point the tip of its nose but we still have a few weeks to enjoy you and the joy you bring to any table.
At HuffPost like at home, raclette, we love it more than anything. We appreciate it in all its tradition but we also love to shake it up, question it, push it to its limits! What ingredients should I buy and in what quantity? Which recipes to choose to vary the pleasures? How to optimize your digestion (difficult, we are not going to lie to each other)? All these questions, we asked ourselves, and, as zone C begins its winter holidays this Saturday, February 19, all the answers are compiled in this file which wants to be the ultimate raclette guild.
- Before the raclette: choosing the right ingredients
- Five alternatives to raclette cheese
- For a raclette without charcuterie, follow these tips
- Calculate the ideal amount of ingredients for your raclette
- What to drink with a raclette? You won’t like the answer
- During the raclette: try these original recipes
- Replace the raclette potatoes with omelette
- A raclette without potatoes is possible, the proof with this avocado recipe
- The raclette de la mer also exists, and you have to do with it
- A burger-style raclette recipe for a change
- After the raclette: digest well and start again
- Survival guide to digesting a raclette
- Three recipes for cooking leftovers
BEFORE RACLETTE: CHOOSING THE RIGHT INGREDIENTS
Five alternatives to raclette cheese
Raclette cheese is good, but cheese is just good. So why not vary the pleasures? For this “crash-taste”, The HuffPost went to a cheese dairy to be advised on the best alternatives to traditional raclette cheese.
For a raclette without charcuterie, follow these tips
Tonight is vegetarian raclette! Raclette what?! But does that mean there really won’t be any sausage?
Don’t panic: it’s entirely possible. It’s even very good and just as easy to prepare. Moreover, it seems that the original recipe for raclette consisted only of a mixture of cheese to be scraped and potatoes. The association with charcuterie would have appeared more recently, with our appliances consisting of pierrades and pans.
➡️ Read the tips for a vegetarian raclette, here
Calculate the ideal amount of ingredients for your raclette
Do you always buy too many potatoes or too much cheese for your raclette and you are “forced” to eat them the next day? Do not panic, this site has found a solution. Raclette.World is the first “quantity of ingredients calculator” for this dish.
This “post-quantum artificial intelligence”, joke the founders of the site, can help you calculate the quantity of ingredients to buy according to the number of people. It allows you to choose the ingredients you want to put in your dish, to specify if you are very hungry or not and above all how many people will eat with you.
➡️ Calculate here the right amount of ingredients for your raclette
What to drink with a raclette? You won’t like the answer
Raclette cheese: it’s good. Potatoes: it’s good too. Charcuterie: we have everything you need. It remains to buy the best drink to accompany the winter dish. And there, you are probably completely wrong.
White wine? Or red? Some water? To sublimate your raclette (and better digest), the ideal drink is not the one that first comes to mind.
DURING THE RACLETTE: TRY THESE ORIGINAL RECIPES
Replace the raclette potatoes with omelette
A good raclette that isn’t a bit difficult to digest is not a proper raclette. Certainly, but to avoid chaining a dozen per winter, it is good to sometimes dare to change to turn to slightly lighter recipes. This is what we decided to do, at the risk of offending the most purists among you.
To help us break the codes, we took a look at the book High squeegee, written by Jennifer and Arnaud Favre, assisted by Pierre Crepaud and Dorian Rollin. While reading, we came across a recipe with omelet.
➡️ See the video of the raclette-omelette recipe here
A raclette without potatoes is possible, the proof with this avocado recipe
Despite many alternatives to traditional raclette cheese or special flavors, you can quickly go around in circles when trying out variations of raclette. What new things to try when you’ve already tasted everything?
To help us in this culinary questioning, Jennifer and Arnaud Favre, supported by Pierre Crepaud and Dorian Rollin, shared their best ideas for having a good meal around a raclette, but without really making it. In their book High squeegee, they notably share a recipe with this famous cheese and an avocado. And in the face of gluttony, The HuffPost Life n / A couldn’t resist.
➡️ Try an avocado raclette recipe here
The raclette de la mer also exists, and you have to do with it
Why should we get bigoted when it comes to raclette? Why shouldn’t we “give the product a chance”, as the saying goes? Sea raclette or Nordic raclette exists. It’s a fact. We can be astonished by it, moved by it, also criticize it.
➡️ Make up your own mind about seafood raclette
A burger-style raclette recipe for a change
We love raclette. We love burgers. Why not combine the two?! With this new episode of “crash-taste”, star recipes from social networks made under realistic conditions, The HuffPost unearthed a dish that revisits this coveted dish: the raclette-style burger.
As you can see in the video, we followed the instructions on the Marmiton site for a meal for four people. As for the traditional recipe, it is necessary to bring potatoes, cheese, charcuterie (we took ham) and pickles. The realization is quite fast, you can count about forty minutes.
➡️ Try the raclette burger by clicking here
AFTER THE RACLETTE: DIGEST WELL AND START AGAIN
Survival guide to digesting a raclette
Our body does not need a detox cure, it knows very well how to do its own internal cleaning. That doesn’t mean that you have to put a spoke in its wheels, however. When we sit down for a raclette, the mixture of foods results in a cocktail of the very heavy kind.
To the question “how does our intestine manage to digest so much fat, salt and ethanol at the same time?”, science does not yet have a precise answer. But there are elements of an answer, in particular concerning foods taken in isolation.
Three recipes for cooking leftovers
When you start a raclette, you are never very sure of the quantities to buy. We obviously want to make sure that everyone has enough to eat. But we often have eyes bigger than our stomachs.
Between pasta with leftover raclette and bruschetta, here are 3 recipes from food bloggers that will help you not waste your leftovers… without having to relaunch a little raclette.
➡️ Find out how to cook your leftover raclette here
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