Definition of raclette in English:



  • A Swiss dish of melted cheese, typically eaten with potatoes.

    • ‘We were all over at Yannick's eating raclette, which is squares of cheese melted in tiny little frying pans and poured over potatoes and various kinds of meat.’
    • ‘My first indication that I'm going to need to let out my belt a couple of notches comes at the hotel's raclette and fondue evening.’
    • ‘In the realm of cheese cookery fondue and raclette are well known internationally.’
    • ‘Given the importance of sausage in Swiss cuisine, it was thus equally unfortunate that, like the fondue and raclette, sausage was also almost totally absent from the a la carte selection.’
    • ‘Taleggio or Fontina cheese is also called for, but you could use any good, smooth, buttery melting cheese such as gruyère, raclette or Asiago instead.’
    • ‘Nicoline makes raclette, served with thick brown bread, pickles, sweet onions, and wine.’
    • ‘In the French Alps the author luxuriates in the pleasures of skiing and food, filing the pages with rich detail like the one about raclette, a cheese you melt and pour over sliced potatoes and ham.’
    • ‘We had snails, a massive raclette cheese that was cooked at the table, a hot stone to fry the beef on and table fireworks which were alarming.’
    • ‘Try the raclette in one of the numerous local restaurants.’
    • ‘Also popular is another melted-cheese dish called raclette.’
    • ‘The restaurant in our bunkhouse even dishes up those old Swiss favourites raclette and fondue.’
    • ‘There's raclette - which is melted cheese spooned over boiled potatoes and eaten with sour pickles and crusty bread.’
    • ‘Next up are 6 house specialties including a classical Swiss cheese fondue and a raclette served with side items and salad.’


French, literally small scraper referring to the practice of holding the cheese over the heat and scraping it onto a plate as it melts.