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Paddy’s Day Raclette with Irish Cheese & Green Veg

Raclette

Raclette – which is really just an excuse to eat liberal amounts of melted cheese – might just be the perfect thing to serve if you’re entertaining guests. There’s minimal preparation involved, just chopping mostly, and the invitees cook their own food. You just need to keep them supplied with cheese, chopped vegetables and other grillable tidbits, and, of course, plenty of wine.

Small, waxy potatoes are a very standard part of any raclette-style meal – there’s even a variety of potato called raclette – though any waxy potatoes will do nicely. For a Paddy’s day twist, just supply plenty of green vegetables, along with an Irish cheese, and let everyone else do the work.

The amounts here are up to you, depending on how many you want to feed, what they like to eat and how many different types of vegetable etc. that you want to serve. As you can see, this is pretty free-form as recipes go.

You’ll need:
  • waxy potatoes
  • a nice melty cheese – I used St. Gall
  • selection of green fruit and veg e.g. asparagus, courgette, romanesco cauliflower, broccoli, spring onions, green apple
  • olive oil
You’ll also need:
  • Ideally, a table-top raclette grill, which makes it easier for everyone to do their own grilling – though you could grill the vegetables separately using your grill/broiler and then top with the cheese and serve. More work for you, though.
The Steps:
  • Scrub the potatoes and boil them in salted water until fork-tender – this may take around 15 minutes for baby potatoes, longer if you’re using larger spuds. Drain, cover with a tea-towel and allow to dry off for 5 minutes or more.
  • Wash and pat dry any other vegetables you’re using. Chop broccoli or romanesco into bite-sized pieces. Slice courgette in pieces around 0.5 cm thick. Slice the spring onions. Chop the apple into small chunks. Leave asparagus spears whole.
  • Most of the vegetables for grilling can be placed directly on the heated grill stone. You can toss them in the barest amount of olive oil beforehand if you like.
  • Guest fill their little grill pans with their choice of potato, spring onions, apple and grilled vegetables, top it all with cheese, let it melt under the grill, then eat and repeat.
The Variations:
  • The variations on raclette are only limited by your imagination. If it goes well, grilled or otherwise, with cheese, then it’s a candidate for raclette.
The Results:
  • Raclette-style meal for as many people as you care to feed.