A Taste of Swiss Raclette
This was something new to me that popped up at brunch today: Swiss Raclette. I wasn't quite sure what was going on at first as there was a half round of cheese mounted vertically into this metal structure that initially I thought was just a way to make it easy to shave the cheese. Upon looking more closely though, this thing was actually heating up the cheese to the point where the top layer was bubbling and even browning a tad. The guy then took the round out of the machine and then scraped off some melted cheese onto a plate of various objects such as potatoes, pickles, and air dried beef. Oooh...that had to be good!
And good it was. It basically was kinda like fondue, but on a plate (and thus presumably being more efficient in the use of the cheese). The cheese had just the right amount of stank in it to give it real character, but not so much as to be annoying. I was told that an alternative way of serving this is in individual slices and over an open fire, so hopefully I'll get to see that done one of these days.