Cheese Party

If you love cheese and want to have a fun dinner this winter, try a cheese party.  I have a raclette maker, a grill that easily melts slices of raclette.

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The raclette is then eaten with accompaniments like bread, pickles, pickled onions, vegetables, olives or whatever you like to eat with cheese.

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Raclette is a cheese from Switzerland that is heated and then scraped onto your plate.  There used to be a restaurant in NYC called Swizz where you could get raclette but it closed not too long ago.  So now I have raclette parties!

I got my raclette from Murray’s Cheese.  In addition to raclette, I got some other cheeses to try:  roncal, a Basque sheep’s milk cheese that is a bit gamier than manchego;

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fiore Sardo, a smoked Sardinian sheep’s milk cheese;

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castelrosso, a creamy cow’s milk cheese from the Piedmont region of Italy;

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and mimolette, a French cow’s milk cheese that gets its flavor from mites.  (Yes, you read that correctly.)

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All of the cheeses were delicious.  My favorite was the castelrosso.  I just love the creaminess of it.

We had wine from Falanghina grapes, a fruity ancient wine from the Campania region of Italy.  The one I got was Falangina “Sannio” Terra di Briganti from Astor Wines, from the Benevento province of Italy (the region where my father’s family is from).  It was a great wine to go with our cheese selection.  (Interesting historical tidbit–the Terra di Briganti winery is in Casalduni, Italy, and was the site of a peasant massacre in 1861.  Terra di Briganti means land of the brigands.)

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One response to “Cheese Party

  1. Cool idea! Looks fun!🙂

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