ra·​clette | \ ra-ˈklet How to pronounce raclette (audio) , rä-\

Definition of raclette

: a Swiss dish consisting of cheese melted over a fire and then scraped onto bread or boiled potatoes also : the cheese used in this dish

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Highlights include everything from artisanal cheese plates from Napa’s Oxbow Market to porcini doughnuts with raclette cheese from San Francisco’s Rich Table. Emily Price, Fortune, "How San Francisco’s Outside Lands Music Festival Became Just as Popular for Food, Wine, and Beer," 7 Aug. 2019 Civitello also envisions outdoor cooking for guests visiting the two tasting rooms, offering items like raclette dogs. Leeanne Griffin, courant.com, "Did some one say grilled-cheese bar? At Mystic Cheese, it’s always a race to keep up with demand," 24 July 2019 And feel free to switch up the cheeses here too, using pecorino or another hard cheese instead of Parmesan, and cheddar or raclette instead of the Gruyère. Ben Mims, latimes.com, "The Saturday Cook: Cherry tomatoes star in a savory custard for a post-farmers market brunch," 15 June 2019 Other unique offerings include the uber cheeseburger with fontina, raclette and goat cheeses and the char siu burger, which substitutes delicious roasted Asian pork belly for the patty. Julia Thompson, USA TODAY, "Cooking over open flame: These are some of our favorite restaurants that use fire," 27 June 2019 Shop for local persimmons, fresh bread, and raclette at Annecy’s triweekly market, or rent a boat and row to the medieval Palais de l’Ile. Caitlin Etherton, National Geographic, "Venice is flooded with tourists—visit these floating cities instead," 16 May 2019 For the budget-minded, French raclette ($16 for 1 pound, murrayscheese.com) can’t be beat. Tia Keenan, WSJ, "The Party Host’s Pro Move of the Season," 12 Oct. 2018 Several domestic producers of raclette-style cheese draw inspiration from the European originals. Tia Keenan, WSJ, "The Party Host’s Pro Move of the Season," 12 Oct. 2018 Even the city’s Wienachtsdorf Christmas market started serving Venezuelan tequeños alongside venerated raclette, fondue, and glühwein. Adam H. Graham, Condé Nast Traveler, "Plan a Trip to Zurich This Summer (Yes, Really)," 2 May 2018

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First Known Use of raclette

circa 1949, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for raclette

French, literally, scraper, from racler to scrape, from Middle French, from Old Occitan rasclar, from Vulgar Latin *rasiculare, from Latin rasus, past participle of radere to scrape — more at rodent

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