Raclette, an authentic Swiss experience
Raclette is a semi-hard cow’s milk cheese that is commonly used for melting. Raclette is also a very popular Swiss dish based on this cheese that has meanwhile become popular far beyond the frontiers.
Raclette cheese of Sélection Vaud is a traditional cheese produced in accordance with authentic methods. Selected pasteurized milk and 100% natural rennet are used in its production. The know-how of the cheese makers allied to modern production techniques guarantee a delicious cheese that melts quickly and evenly. Raclette cheese of Sélection Vaud matures for 100 days in climate controlled cellars where it receives regular care and attention. Very strict monitoring is the secret to its consistent high quality and unique taste, not too strong, not too sweet, simply perfect.
High quality ingredients, traditional making and perfect maturation length give our cheese a great savor that will satisfy every connoisseur’s plate. Its distinctive taste and the creaminess of this delicious cheese are unequaled, giving pleasure to all cheese lovers.
How to prepare
Traditionally, cheese is melted over a wood fire and served with potatoes, dried meat, charcuterie, gherkins, pickled onions, mushrooms and other vegetables and to drink sparkling glass of white wine. La légende or Le Chasselas Tradition from Domaine du Daley will be a perfect combination for your raclette. You can also serve some hot tea. raclette is not a meal to be eaten in haste. Raclette is a perfect art to spend a nice evening with family and friends. raclette is more than a royal treat, it is a unique experience of conviviality.
A modern way of serving raclette involves an electric table-top grill with small pans, known as coupelles, in which to melt slices of raclette cheese. Generally the grill is surmounted by a hot plate or griddle. The cheese is brought to the table sliced. The cheese slice is placed in a coupelle under the grill to be melted and poured over food on the plate.
- A very large variety of food can be served as a supplement to a raclette: fruits, cooked vegetables, salads, meat and many more.
- Taste also the Swiss Alpine Cheese Croûte made with Swiss raclette cheese, it is a delight!
- Our raclette cheese can also be used to prepare a fantastic Swiss toast or Swiss burger.
The raclette tradition
Traditionally, Swiss cow herders used to take the cheese with them when they were moving cows to or from the pastures up in the mountains. In the evenings around the campfire, they put half a cheese wheel near the fire to melt the cheese and when it had reached the perfect softness, scrape it on top of bread. It was not until the 20th century that the raclette descended into the valleys and turned into a Swiss national dish. Derived from the verb “racler” which means scrape, the name of raclette refers to the traditional method of preparation, as the melted cheese was scraped from the grinding wheel.