The Big Cheese

Our dreams of a Parisian life in which long baguettes, endless bottles of Bordeaux and plates and plates of Raclette fill the kitchen may be just a fantasy, but with Boston’s incredible sources for this exquisite cheese, you don’t have to live outside the Raclette set. For those unfamiliar, Raclette is a cow’s milk cheese that originated in Switzerland. Now mostly made in France, Bostonians have fallen in love with the incredible dishes it creates. We’re extremely partial to the Baked Raclette at Bouchee, Newbury Street’s super chic brasserie. Enjoy the melted cheese draped over port poached pears on top of a fresh baguette from their hors d’oeuvres list for a very reasonable price.

If you want to take the world of Raclette into your own hands, then you’ll be thrilled to know that this is the season of the Raclette grill. Now imagine a bunch of suburbanites in plaid pants sitting around a table eating fondue in the late seventies. This is nothing like that. Well, the family style mode of dipping fresh veggies and meats into the grill is the same, but it’s definitely much more desirable than crusty bread on a stick. Our friends over at Kitchen Arts on Newbury, the beautiful cookware supply store, have a new raclette grill in stock for the serious chef. For under $100, you can bring home an 8-person Raclette grill. It’s a fun alternative to cooking an extensive meal for lots of guests, and definitely much cheaper than a flight all the way across the Atlantic.

Bouchee [Official Site]
Kitchen Arts [Official Site]

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The Big Cheese