As noted here, yesterday was National Fondue Day. As it happens I had been considering getting a fondue set and looked on Amazon.com. It slid in a recommendation for something called a Raclette. I was familiar with the cheese by that name, a perfect melting cheese good for sandwiches and other applications but had never heard of the device. Guess I wasn’t as sophisticated as I thought I was after eating European fondue!
This device is similar to something I’ve had for years called Vermont hot stone. That device was a slab of marble, heated in the oven and then placed over a Sterno heater to cook food at the dining table. A lot of trouble, but very nice. The Raclette is electric, has a griddle, grill AND marble slab and little trays to put under the heater to make concoctions that include melted cheese (yes, including but not exclusive to Raclette Cheese!).
I am still learning my around this new toy but it is lots of fun and very handy in a New York apartment where grilling is not easy. I am experimenting with different foods, dipping sauces and cheese courses. Check it out, a wonderful food toy to play with!
TOMORROW: a show review!