French Students Ring in New Year with Raclette
Students in Madame Heinzmann‘s French classes said au revoir to 2019 by sharing a raclette during their final class of the year. Raclette is a Swiss tradition that dates back to the Middle Ages.
Wheels of cheese were melted using a heat source (traditionally a fireplace), then the melted cheese was raked (raclé) off, little by little, onto waiting plates of boiled potatoes. And yes, it’s even better than it sounds!
Today, electricity makes things a lot easier in the form of tabletop raclette stoves. Raclette crossed the border into France in the 1970’s. Traditionally served with charcuterie (cold cuts) and cornichons, it is the perfect après-ski meal.