Comments: Raclette & Pierrade

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I've enjoyed racletting for the past 20 years or so, and now my kids are also avid racletteers. This is great for children as it keeps their hands occupied for most of the meal. And for the adults, as you point out, lashings of red wine are necessary - but only for medicinal reasons, of course. Pass the plonk...........

We are looking to buy a "hot stone" (as we call it) for our daughter for Christmas. Do you know where we might find it in the US? We have one made by Sigg which was bought in Switzerland a number of years ago. We love it.

I would like to buy a pierrade, could you please let me know where I can buy one from

David, the official site for raclette (which I have recently discovered is a bit like Kleenex - used as a generic term when in fact it's a trademarked one) is http://www.pierrade.com/en/index.htm. They have information on the apparatus but seem to be selling mainly to professionals.

In France, the machine is officially called a pierre à griller and you can pick them up at Darty (www.darty.fr).

From the BT in your address, though, i'm assuming you are looking in the UK. I tried looking for a raclette machine on www.amazon.co.uk and found one that looked like it included the cooking top, but it wasn't clear if it was actually a stone. I also tried the Philips site (the brand of our machine) but wasn't able to find one currently being sold.

I'm sorry I can't be of more help! If you are in France or visit here, though, you should be able to find one easily at Darty or any major department store. For the UK, all you'll need is an adapter.

If I have it all wrong and you are in the US, this raclette machine on amazon.com has an optional stone accessory:

http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/tg/detail/-/B0002J191S/qid=1113913357/sr=52-2/ref=sr_52_2_etk-outdoor/103-9872141-9678244?v=glance&s=kitchen&n=286168

I hope that helps!

I purchased a raclette through Peppers here in Canada today as a matter of fact - it's made by Tefal - the model is Ambiance Pierrade
I have an old rock that I cook on, but I love the idea of the raclette and wish I had that type

I was given a Siggrillette made by Sprint from Switzerland as a gift ,but cannot use it USA .I cannot find an adapter anywhere . Can you help.I have been looking for three years,and no luck
Stella

I brought one home from France, no luck using either, could not get it hot enough. Just found one on the web, believe it was sausagemaker.com (65.00 plus shipping). I also have had mine for 3 years and finally decided to buy another. I've also inquired as to having re-wired and it apparently will not work. Thinking of shipping mine back to friends in France. I'm having trouble getting or finding meat sliced thin enough...any suggestions?

I brought one home from France, no luck using either, could not get it hot enough. Just found one on the web, believe it was sausagemaker.com (65.00 plus shipping). I also have had mine for 3 years and finally decided to buy another. I've also inquired as to having re-wired and it apparently will not work. Thinking of shipping mine back to friends in France. I'm having trouble getting or finding meat sliced thin enough...any suggestions?

I am interested in purchasing traditional pierrades (stones that are preheated in a oven, not electrical ) for my restaurant any idea where i can buy them ?

great article! I love raclette, and I am sooo excited to learn about the pierrade. I just got finished blogging about raclette. Here is the entry - called Vive La Raclette!

Oh Meg! The site you mentioned has next to nothing to do with raclette. A good site with lots of recipes, history and explanations to what is raclette is here: http://www.raclette.com.au/

Or simply look into wikipedia...

John, thanks for the links. I wrote this post over two years ago and I'm not sure that Wiki was the phenomenon it is today (or if it was already I was unaware). I'm glad to see that raclette is a bit easier to find on the web these days!

How can i find some full explained (ingredients and quantities) raclette + pierrade menù?

I wasn't able to find any dedicated site except commercial ones.

Thanx in advance,

::Dibbibbì::

Well, for the raclette part of the meal, the only ingredients you need are raclette cheese and potatoes and perhaps a few slices of ham per dinner guest. I believe 250 grams of cheese per guest is the usual amount of cheese and say 5-6 small potatoes per guest.

If you are making both meat and cheese, I would cut back to 200 grams of cheese per person and add perhaps half a chicken breast or half a steak per person.

It's not really a recipe per se, so much as a method of cooking a meal. And there are a number of tasty sauces to go with the meat side of the meal: peppercorn sauce or bearnaise or just some mushrooms sautéed with garlic and butter and parsley. Even A1 sauce can be nice in a pinch!

I hope that helps a bit? If you want to order true Raclette cheese in the US, there is a site I have used twice that seems pretty good (wasn't able to taste the cheese myself as it was a gift): http://www.fromages.com/

I am looking for a "potato bucket" used to store hot potatoes for raclette dinners. My mother-in-law purchased one many years ago in Switzerland. It is wood with a lid and 2 fixed handles on each side. The inside is insulated. Anyone know where I can purchase one?? Thanks

Susan, I've never seen the bucket you describe in France. That said, I usually boil my potatoes in a Le Creuset pot and after draining them return them to the still-warm pot and put the lid on. They stay pretty warm that way!

hallo. I have a Swiss bought pierrade with room for about 12 little shovel dishes underneath. I bouht it a number of years ago and canot remember what one should/could put in the little dishes apart from cheese! please clarify. thanks

I saw wooden potato buckets in La Clusaz last week but I have never seen them in Paris. You could probably call the La Clusaz tourist office or the mairie for the address of the store opposite the tourist office that carries this products.
Bob in Paris

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