Thursday, December 31, 2015

D.Rough’s Birthday Raclette Party – West St. Paul, MN

D.Rough and I don’t like to do normal things for birthdays, so we decided to have a cheese party for her birthday. D.Rough and I saw a piece about raclette cheese on a television show and knew we needed to have some. We just happened to have a friend who is a fancy certified cheese monger and she volunteered to help us host a ridiculous cheese party for D.Rough’s birthday. We invited a couple friends over (it was a pretty small list, due to the limitation of the number of people a wheel of raclette cheese would feed, so we apologize to anyone who didn’t get an invite).

Raclette is a type of fancy Swiss cheese that’s heated up until bubbly and them the molten cheese is scraped off onto a plate and served with boiled potatoes, cornichons, and other vegetables.  It’s sort of a cooking cheese by the ski lodge fire sort of thing. We rented a special raclette grill and had our friend PepperJackie order a bunch of additional cheese for us. We were going to knock this out of the park!

The raclette experience is pretty awesome. The swiss already have the fondue market cornered, but this kicks the whole thing up a notch. We added like 4 pounds of nice deli meat, 17 pounds of potatoes, a bunch of vegetables, some chutney, and pepper jelly. Oh, and a billion bottles of wine – hahahahaha.

Needless to say, it was apretty amazing birthday. Huge thanks to PepperJackie for bringing all the awesome cheese, explaining what everything was, and (wo)man-ing the raclette grill all night for all of us. She really knows her stuff and when she starts hosting these parties full time, we’ll be pushing her on all of our friends.

Yaaaaay for D.Rough’s birthday!!!

Yaaaaay for cheese!!!

Yaaaaay for piles of meat!!!

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