Hosting a raclette party can be very successful if you know what type of cheese is good for melting on the raclette grill. Cheese is the main ingredient for a raclette party. No matter what kinds of foods you are planning to have for your party, the must have ingredient is the cheese! It is also good to have a variety of cheeses for the party. Below is a list of the most popular cheeses to cook on the raclette grill.
Cheddar is a firm cheese from cow’s milk. Cheddar has 45-50% fat. It can be a white, yellow or orange color. Creamy consistency with few holes, ranging from firm and elastic to slightly crumby. It has acidic and nutty flavors.
Mozzarella is a fresh cheese from cow’s milk. It has 40-45% fat. Mozzarella is available in balls, cylinders or bars. It is a white cheese, elastic and sliceable. It has a neutral and mild flavor, which makes it go with everything.
Feta cheese could be soft or fresh cheese originally made from sheep’s milk. It has 40-55% fat. It is a white color cheese with crumby consistency. Aromatic to sharp flavor depending on sheep’s milk.
Gouda cheese. Traditionally made from cow’s milk but also available made from goat’s milk. It can be produced with various fat content. Its flavor ranging from mild to very tangy depending on age and type of milk. It always melts very well.
Camembert is a soft cheese from raw cow’s milk. It has a minimum of 45% fat. Camembert is creamy and yellow in color. It softens with age. Rind is formed by mold. Typical aroma of fresh mushrooms. It becomes very tangy with aging.
Gruyère is a firm cheese from raw cow’s milk. Minimum it has 49% fat. It ranges from ivory to yellow color with scattered holes. Its rind coated with a red bacteria. Gruyère has a tangy and hearty flavor.
Parmesan/Pecorino is a hard cheese from raw cow’s milk. Minimum it has 32% fat. It is hard and fine-grained even after broiling. Tastes aromatic and tangy.
Gorgonzola is a soft cheese from cow’s milk. Minimum it has 48% fat. Gorgonzola is creamy colored with blue-green veins and reddish rind and it has a crumby consistency. Its flavor ranging from aromatic to sharp and rich.
Raclette is a firm cheese from cow’s milk. It has 50% fat. It ranges from ivory to golden color with a soft and creamy consistency with few holes. Flavor can range from mildly fruity to aromatic depending on the degree of ripeness.
Butterkaese is a semi soft cheese from cow’s milk. It has 45% fat. Sliceable consistency and creamy. Butterkaese has a mild and slightly tart aroma. This cheese goes well with sweet and spicy-hot ingredients.
Now being a cheese “connoisseur” you are ready to host a perfect raclette party!