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Raclette Served with Baked Potatoes, Bundnerfleish, Gherkins, Pickled Onions, Apple and Tomatoes

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Raclette, a delicious alpine cheese heated, melted and scraped onto cooked potatoes, is synonymous with the Alps and specifically the Valais area of Switzerland, which is where we come to. You can get it everywhere: in the best restaurants, piste side or even at a stall in our local market in Sion. Be like a local and start the day with cheesy potatoes, some gherkins and a glass of fondant! (Local white wine.) I can’t think of anything better!

Unfortunately my husband is allergic to cheese. I tell him that it is a figment of his imagination but I have to admit he does turn a strange colour of green when we are near fondue and/or raclette or he gets a whiff of parmesan. As such I only ever cook fondue when he is not around and I have never cooked raclette – indeed I don’t even have a raclette maker or grill. (I draw the line at parmesan and pecorino though – he just has to suffer!) But last night I really wanted raclette and I am in Switzerland on my own at the moment – just the dog and cat for company! So I set about making a raclette dinner for one melting the cheese in the oven rather than a grill. I took inspiration from the recipe and pictures in Meredith Erickson’s fabulous book, Alpine Cooking. This book is a celebration of the Alps – a cookery book, a travel guide and a history lesson to nourish your appetite and your mind and feed your inner wanderlust. Have a look at my post about her book here.

It turned out to be easy, delicious and a definite ‘do again’ whether cooking just for one or two people or even a crowd – as long as Andrew isn’t here that is! Luckily the supermarket sells the cheese in slices now so I didn’t have to buy a whole wheel – you can even get it in Waitrose in the UK! You can buy special potatoes for raclette over here. They are a waxy potato and Charlotte or new potatoes would be an ideal replacement.

To cook the cheese, I lay each slice on a small piece of lightly oiled foil. As I was plating up the rest of the food, I put the cheese in a preheated oven and cooked it for 3 minutes. I then scraped the cheese directly onto the sliced potato.

I served my raclette with boiled raclette potatoes (traditional), baked raclette potatoes (which I prefer), La viande séchée du Valais/Bündnerfleisch, lean beef cured with salt, alpine herbs and mixed spices, (sub with your choice of dried meats or salami), gherkins, pickled onions, sliced apple and tomatoes. Apples are regularly served with fondue so I thought this would work well and I also fancied some sweet cherry tomatoes to add some balance to my supper. Add some freshly ground black pepper and you’re good to go. Delicious!!

Raclette served with Baked Potatoes, Bundnerfleish, Gherkins, Pickled Onions, Apple and Tomatoes

Raclette, a delicious alpine cheese heated, melted and scraped onto cooked potatoes,

Course Lunch, Main Course, Supper
Cuisine Swiss
Keyword Melted Cheese Poatoes, potatoes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes


  • 4 – 6 raclette potatoes
  • 2 – 3 teaspoon olive oil
  • sea salt
  • 4 – 6 slices of raclette cheese
  • 6 – 10 slices of dried meats such as Bundnerfleisch
  • ½ – 1 apple
  • 3 – 4 cherry tomatoes
  • a few gherkins
  • a few pickled onions
  • freshly grond black pepper



  1. oven proof dish

  2. baking tray

  3. foil squares

  4. chopping board and knife


  1. Preheat oven to Fan Oven 180°C/200°C/400°F/Gas 2

  2. Prick the potatoes all over with a fork and put in a microwave and oven safe bowl. Microwave for 2 minutes. Turn the potaoes over and blitz for a further 2 minutes.

  3. When the potatoes are cool enough to handle, rub each with ½ teaspoon olive oil and sprinkle with sea salt. Put in the oven for 20 minutes or untl soft

  4. 5 minutes before the potatoes are ready, lightly oil 4 squares of kitchen foil and lay on a baking tray. Place a square of raclette cheese in the centre of each one.

  5. Meanwhile prepare the rest of the ingredients: slice the apple, halve the tomatoes, roll the meat and drain the gherkins and pickled onions. Lay out on serving plate.

  6. When the poatoes are cooked, put the cheese in the oven for 3 minutes.

  7. Carefully slice the hot potates and put on the serving dish.

  8. When the cheese is ready, carefully scrape on top of each potato and sprinkle with black pepper.

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