Raclette

Whenever someone asks me what my favorite dish is, my answer is raclette. Even though it involves no cooking skills at all.
This dish brings me right back to my time in the French Alps. When you go skiing in the Alps there are three traditional dishes you will find at the end of a day on the slopes: fondue, pierrade (meat cooked on a hot stone) and raclette. And to top it all off, you have the traditional blueberry pie, made with wild blueberries found in the Alps.
Though the original raclette machine is a little different, the one I am using is the one you will mostly likely find on the market.
Note: If you do not have the raclette machine, no problem! You can just melt the cheese in a pan.

Raclette Recipe
Makes four servings

2 blocks of 9oz raclette cheese (found in the specialty cheese section of Whole Foods)
A bag of potatoes (about twelve)
Cured meats such as salami, prosciutto or whatever you prefer
French pickles

DIRECTIONS:

Boil water in a food steamer and place the potatoes in the steamer basket. Cover and cook for about 30 min or until you can put a fork through the potato easily.
Cut the cheese into 1/4 inch wide slices and into about 3″x 3″ squares.
Turn on the machine and place a cheese square slice in each raclette dish. Once melted, use the heat-resistant spatula to scrape off the cheese onto your plate or directly onto the potatoes. Enjoy with the cured meats and pickles!

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