Raclette Instructions

  • Author: Christine Pittman
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 2-4 servings 1x
  • Category: Entrée
  • Method: Baked
  • Cuisine: Swiss


Raclette is a traditional Swiss dish made of melted cheese served with boiled potatoes, pickles, and cured meats. Learn how to make raclette at home for a fun and cheesy dinner.


  • 1 lb. of small white potatoes
  • Salt
  • 1 small jar of cornichon or gherkins and other pickled items like artichokes, small onions, etc.
  • 1 lb. cured meats like ham, prosciutto, salami
  • Vegetable oil
  • 1/2 lb. raclette cheese (you can use gruyere or emmentaler if you can’t get raclette)


  1. Preheat your broiler.
  2. Put the potatoes in a large pot and just cover them with cold water.
  3. Add a tablespoon of salt. Put them over high heat uncovered until the water boils. Reduce heat to low and partially cover allowing it to simmer until the potatoes are just fork tender (the amount of time depends on the size of your potatoes but can be anywhere from 5-10 minutes).
  4. Drain the potatoes and return them to the pot and put the cover on the pot to keep them warm. Set the covered pot of potatoes on the table.
  5. Meanwhile, set out your cornichons and other pickled items and your meats on a serving tray. Put them on the table.
  6. Drizzle a bit of vegetable oil into a cast iron skillet. Rub it around with some kitchen towel.
  7. Cut two ¼” slices from the cheese. Put the slices in a single layer in the skillet.
  8. Put the skillet about 8 inches from the broiler elements. Cook until it is melted and bubbling and just starting to brown at the edges.
  9. While the cheese is cooking, serve some potatoes, meats, and pickles onto your plates. When the cheese is ready, use a spatula to slide it over the potatoes.
  10. Once you’ve eaten a bit and are ready, slice some more cheese and put it under the broiler.

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