Raclette, the famous French melting cheese that originated on the Swiss side of the Alpine border in the 13th century, didn’t become officially known by this name until 1874. Derived from the French verb “racler” meaning “to scrape,” Raclette is renowned for its divine taste and smooth, creamy texture.
Early farmers and shepherds in the Swiss and French Alps favored this particular cheese recipe not only for its easy, semi-firm transportability, but also because when placed by a campsite fire or home hearth, the cheese would melt into delightfully warm and tasty outer layers which would then be scraped by wooden spoon onto bread or the famous potato and pickle dish that is also called Raclette.
Raclette de Savoie is from the French side of the Alps, in France’s Savoie region. Made with raw cow’s milk and produced in large wheels, the semi-soft, light yellow interior has tiny holes and is protected by an aromatic, inedible, dark-beige rind. Raclette de Savoie has a mellow, creamy, slightly fruity taste that is neither overly salty nor overly sharp. Heating the paste also brings out the cheese’s aroma.
Amidst centuries of political struggles, shifting borders and region renaming, this famous mountain melting cheese steadfastly continued to be a cherished part of Alpine culture, with the ancient cheese-making methods passed down from generation to generation (regardless of what side of any border) and the famous dish evolving into one of the world’s most convivial cheese-eating traditions.
Application: Raclette is such a perfect melting cheese that it goes with nearly anything, with limitless culinary applications. Standout pairings are with potatoes, onions, pickled or fresh vegetables and cooked or cured meats. Raclette makes excellent fondue, grilled cheese sandwiches and French onion soup, but is also a great table cheese. Raclette may be thought of first for more wintery fare, but versatility makes Raclette an incredible all-year round cheese. Raclette is also the centerpiece of Raclette parties, where hosts provide specialized tabletop grills with small pans for guests to heat slices of Raclette over their individual choices of meats and vegetables.
Pairing: Serve with a Savoie wine or a Riesling or for wintery nights, a warm cider.
Sliced Serrano Ham by Revilla
Product Details: #560019 | 24/3.5 oz
The treasured, cured Spanish ham, Serrano, comes only from white pigs that live in the mountains of Spain. Expertly salted and hung in temperature-controlled conditions for an optimal 15 months of curing, Serrano is celebrated for its incredible and complex taste.
Sliced Serrano Ham by Revilla is authentic Spanish Serrano, with the same unbelievable taste as a whole-form leg, but with the convenience of being pre-sliced. Each slice of Revilla Serrano is separated by an easy-to-peel away, white paper and vacuum packed to ensure ultimate freshness.
Characteristically full-bodied with a robust, savory and salty flavor, Revilla Sliced Serrano Ham is an essential ingredient for tapas and is absolutely delicious served with fresh fruit, cheese or alone. Serrano will also add extraordinary flavor as an ingredient to a wide variety of dishes such as sandwiches, omelets, quiches and pizza.