from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A Swiss dish consisting of cheese melted and served on boiled potatoes or bread.
  • n. A firm cheese used in making this dish.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A dish, of Swiss origin, similar to a fondue, consisting of melted cheese traditionally served on boiled potatoes and accompanied with pickles.
  • n. A firm cheese suitable for use in this dish.


French, from racler, to rake, scrape, from Provençal rasclar, to rake, from Old Provençal, from Vulgar Latin *rāsculāre, from *rāsculum, diminutive of Latin rāstrum, rake; see rēd- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French raclette, the diminutive form of racler (Wiktionary)


  • As the cheese melts you scrape it off the word "raclette" comes from the French word "racler," which means "to scrape" and put it on the potatoes.

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  • According to wikipedia, "Drinking water along with your raclette is said to interfere with the digestion of the cheese, in rare occasions causing death by cheese balls forming in the stomach"


  • A few weeks ago, at Sur la Table, I taught a class in raclette.

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  • Being the uneducated culinary dolt, I had to look up 'raclette'.


  • Here my mom is receiving the "raclette" that Nadia, Julie and I got her and dad.

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  • homemade raclette, which is, in fact, right up there with fondue as the official melted cheese dish of the Alpine nation.

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  • On one of the conference nights, participants were taken to a lovely restaurant miles above the city for meat fondue, raclette and other delicacies.

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  • (I love this way of saying "I would have liked" to do something, such as eat the raclette) He is going to miss a lot of the dishes he loves when he leaves France, so I was excited to be able to make sure he can have raclette here.

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  • I just ordered the raclette grill for my French son-in-law who will soon be moving to Massachusetts.

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  • Before he left he wistfullyl said "j'aurais bien mangé la raclette .."

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  • methinks someone might be suffering from a raclette addiction....

    *wonders idly about the concept of a semi-soft cow*

    September 20, 2009

  • Paired this salty swiss cheese (sans holes) with sliced tomatoes, plums, and pears this week. Recommended!

    September 20, 2009

  • Tanks c_b. Added a "t".

    September 15, 2009

  • psst... I think you want another T in prosciutto, no?

    September 15, 2009

  • Tonight I'll eat lightly grilled halved pears and plums topped with a dollop of raclette and prosciutto, and perhaps a drizzle of fruity olive oil....

    September 15, 2009

  • A semi-soft cows' milk cheese originally from the Valais region of Switzerland, but now also produced in France and Michigan. This cheese has it's own special grill! See raclette grill.

    September 15, 2009