Forget fondue, there’s a new cheesy trend sweeping the web and we’re salivating just at the thought of it! Just when you thought that things couldn’t get any better for foodies the world has recognised the awesomeness that is Raclette and the gooey melted cheese is finding its way onto restaurant menus all over the globe. Heck, in New York they have an entire restaurant dedicated to this cheesy goodness (*grabs passport*) If you haven’t heard about the trend yet where have you been? Popular online food destination INSIDER Food posted a short video on the Raclette trend last week and the video has gone super viral after being viewed over 79 million times on Facebook! Here’s the low-down on the Raclette cheese trend and where you can find it in South Africa.
For those who aren’t obsessed with Raclette (yet) the Swiss/French concoction is a cow’s milk cheese that’s traditionally melted at the table and poured over veggies, charcuterie, and potatoes. Basically, it’s like fondue but a million times better (and in reverse) because dipping things in cheese is so 70s. Now, let’s all take a moment to appreciate how life changing it would be enjoying a generous dollop of this warm, gooey cheese on top of crispy roasted potatoes.
If you’re wondering where you can get Raclette in South Africa word on the street is they do it at La Motte in Franschhoek – here they let a semi-circle of raclette cheese melt away in front of the fire before the hot molten cheese is scraped off onto a pile of baby potatoes. Capetonians can also try another version of Raclette at Pizza Club in Hout Bay where Raclette involves an electric table-top grill with small pans (known as coupelles) to melt slices of cheese. A selection of cheese is brought to the table, accompanied by platters of potatoes, roasted onions, roasted peppers, sliced mushrooms, gherkins and a selection of meats. Once you’ve melted your cheese all that’s left to do is pour it over the food on your plate and enjoy.
Is your mouth watering yet? If not, go ahead and watch this video from INSIDER when they visited New York restaurant Raclette this past week.